How To Clean and Care for Quartzite

We often get asked how to care for quartzite countertops. We’ve compiled tips to help you keep your quartzite fresh and new by understanding the correct way to clean your countertops.

Daily Maintenance

A good philosophy to follow when cleaning quartzite: less is more. Be gentle with your quartzite. Always dry off standing water on your quartzite to ensure streak-free countertops.

Step 1 – Water Only

It is amazing what a microfiber cloth with water can do. Clean up the fingerprints, smudges, crumbs, and spills with a rung-out wet microfiber cloth.

Step 2 – Water and Dish Soap

If a little more attention is needed, use a little dish soap mixed with water. Grab an empty spray bottle and make your own mixture. Make sure you wipe any remaining dish soap with water as the residue left behind may cause a cloudy appearance.

Step 3 – If a Stain Occurs

Stains can occur on quartzite. If you cannot remove the stain with steps 1 or 2, a poultice paste may help draw out the stain. There are a variety of poultice pastes on the market, or one can be mixed with common household products. Since quartzite stone’s porosity can vary, we would advise you to contact us to discuss your stain and options for removal.

If you prefer to use a pre-mixed cleaner, there are many safe natural stone cleaners on the market. It is important to always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Things to Avoid

  • Do not use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids or abrasives such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub and tile cleaners on granite.
  • Read the labels on your hand soap and dish soap.
  • Don’t leave oil, coffee, wine, or dark pigmented liquids on your quartzite, as they may eventually stain your granite.
  • Avoid using metal knives and utensils directly on the quartzite countertop, as the metal may wear down the sealer applied and dull your knives. Use a cutting board when cutting.
  • Prevent stains by wiping up spills in a timely manner. Remember, sealer works well to resist stains from penetrating, but eventually can absorb if left on long enough. Quartzite’s porosity varies due to the composition of the stone. A true quartzite can resist stains and absorption more than a quartzite with dolomite. Quartzite that has more dolomite features will be more susceptible to staining and etching.

Sealing

Sealing your quartzite is a simple process. Wipe on and wipe off; that’s it.

Some quartzite requires more frequent sealing than others.

How to seal your natural stone countertops

With daily care and maintenance, your quartzite countertops can last a long time.