Clean Quartz Counters the Cheap and Easy Way

Quartz is regarded as one of the most hassle-free countertop surfaces, and with families, easy maintenance is a must. Quartz is durable, waterproof, and scratch-resistant. Its easy-to-maintain surface makes it an excellent option for households looking for hard-wearing countertop surfaces that can be used frequently. And they look gorgeous, so what’s not to love?

You may think you have to use a specialty cleaner to keep your quartz counters in tip-top shape, but you can use items you already have in the kitchen to keep them looking their best. Learn the cheap and easy way to clean your quartz counters and what you should and shouldn’t use to maintain them.

1. What’s Best to Use on Quartz

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So, what is the best thing to clean quartz countertops with? For everyday maintenance, a nonabrasive ammonia-free glass cleaner or dish soap and water mixture will do the trick, but to remove deeper stains like grease, dried oils, or even glue, you’ll want to use a product with a bit more oomph. 

  • Weiman Quartz Clean & Shine
  • Ankita Marble, Granite, Quartz, and Corian Countertop Repair Kit
  • Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner
  • Non-Ammonia Glass Cleaner
  • Dawn® Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray

2. What Not to Use on Quartz Countertops

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While quartz is extremely hardwearing, not all products and chemicals can be used to clean it, so it’s important to understand what not to use on your quartz countertops. Some products can contain harsh chemicals like ammonia and bleach that have a corrosive effect.

  • Ammonia-based cleaners 
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Sharp objects 
  • High heat
  • Magic Mr. Clean Eraser

1. Clear the Countertop

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Clear the countertops of all small appliances, miscellaneous items, and decorations. Removing appliances and household items from the countertops will make cleaning easier. It also ensures you are uniformly covering the entire surface and not just disinfecting around countertop clutter. Attempting to clean without a clear surface will give areas for dust, debris, and bacteria to hide.

2. Wipe Down the Counters

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Remove any food residue or crumbs. This will prevent them from getting stuck in the cloth or sponge, ensuring a true clean and polish. Pay special attention to any corners where crumbs and dust can collect. Use a dry microfiber cloth or soft bristle brush using gentle pressure. We like to just wipe them into the sink.

3. Gather the Cleaning Supplies

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  • Dawn dish soap
  • Ammonia-free window cleaner
  • 2 soft cloths for cleaning
  • microfiber cloth for drying and polishing

Avoid cleaning products containing ammonia, alkaline, or bleach as these are too harsh for quartz. Many DIY solutions suggest vinegar, but the high pH can dull your countertops’ shine. Get recommendations from the manufacturer on the best cleaning solution to use. We use Dawn dish soap and ammonia-free window cleaner. They are products we already have so we don’t spend extra money on specialty cleaners.

4. Get To Cleaning – The Deep Clean

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You can deep clean your countertop as often as you like, but we recommend at least once a week for sanitation reasons. Dawn dish soap is our cleaner of choice. It removes grease easily and leaves a smooth clean surface. Add Dawn to a wet, soft cloth or sponge and gently scrub the entire surface.

5. Rinse

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Once you’re done cleaning, use a separate wet cloth to wipe away the dish soap. Give it two or three passes to make sure all the soap is rinsed away. Let the faucet run in the sink and rinse the soap out of the cloth as it accumulates to make sure all the soap is rinsed off the countertop. This will keep it from getting a haze from the soap.

6. Dry and Polish

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Now that the cleaning process is complete and you’re satisfied with the results use a dry microfiber cloth to dry your countertop completely. Wipe down until you have the polished look you desire. Polishing will help decrease any streaks that might develop from air drying. With the price of quartz, you want it to shine!   

7. Daily Cleaning

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Daily cleaning can be done in the evening after doing the dishes. This will prepare your kitchen for use in the morning. Spray ammonia-free window cleaner on the countertop, wipe clean, and dry with a microfiber cloth. Make sure it is completely dry to avoid streaks from air drying.

18 Cleaning Hacks You Wish You Knew Sooner

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We all love a good hack that works and makes cleaning less of a chore. Here are 18 cleaning hacks that will help you get things done quicker so you can enjoy the clean spaces faster and longer. See them here.

12 Genius Uses of Dawn Dish Soap That Have Nothing to Do with Dishes

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Dawn dish soap is excellent at tackling grease on your cookware, but there must be other ways to use this amazing product, right? You bet! Here are 12 genius uses for Dawn dish soap that you need to know. See them here.

12 Uses for Tide Powder Detergent That Have Nothing to Do with Laundry

tide powder box on laundry countertop.
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Whether treating stains on your carpet or unclogging a drain in your bathroom, Tide powdered detergent should be the product you are reaching for. Here are 12 unexpected uses for Tide powder detergent that won’t keep you locked in the laundry room all weekend. See them here.

Anika Gandhi

Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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