While there are many options when selecting countertops for your home, quartz is a popular choice for many reasons, most notably for its durability. Quartz countertops are stain resistant, nonporous and extremely hygienic making them an excellent choice for your home or business. Overall quartz countertops are fairly low maintenance, but there are a few best practices when caring for your countertops to ensure they look fabulous for years to come! Today we’ll be discussing the top five cleaning mistakes most often made and how to properly care for your quartz countertops:

MISTAKE #1 – Letting spills sit too long before wiping them away.

While quartz countertops are stain resistant, they are not completely stain-proof. It is important to quickly wipe away spills to prevent them from staining your countertops.

MISTAKE #2 – Cutting directly on your countertops without the use of a cutting board.

Despite being a durable surface, it is always best to use a cutting board when preparing food on your quartz countertops. Sharp metallic objects or cutlery may cause chips or scratches, so prevention is key and the use of a cutting board is always advised.

MISTAKE #3 – Placing hot items directly onto your countertops.

It is always best to use a hot pad or trivet before placing a hot item on your quartz countertops. Extreme heat may damage the resin on the surface of your countertops and cause discoloration. CKF Accent boards are a great way to protect your countertops from heat and can be used as a trivet or serving board.

MISTAKE #4 – Using abrasive sponges or scrubbing pads.

It is recommended to use a soft cotton or microfiber cloth to clean your quartz countertops. The use of scouring pads, Magic Erasers or any other abrasive sponge may cause small scratches that will dull your countertops over time.

Approved cleaners for quartz countertops.

MISTAKE #5 – Using the wrong cleaning products.

The most common mistake when caring for quartz countertops is using the wrong cleaning products. A mild solution of dish soap and water is recommended. If further cleaning is needed, a list of approved products can be found here. Bleach or bleach-based cleaners, ammonia and abrasive cleaners such as Soft Scrub may damage quartz countertops and should not be used. CKF 3-in-1 cleaner that is provided after installation, as well as available for purchase, is highly recommended for its streak-free shine.

Quartz countertops are durable, but they can still be damaged without taking proper care. It is always best to prevent potential scratches or stains by following the tips above. If you have further questions about care and cleaning read more here or contact your local CKF location with questions.