Difficulty cleaning quartz countertops

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Quartz countertops are similar to countertops made from granite, but are less porous than granite, less prone to chipping, and more flexible. Quartz countertops are man-made, consisting of 93 per cent natural quartz, and 7 per cent resin and pigment. Because artificial pigments are used to create quartz countertops, they are available in more colours than granite. Since quartz is non-porous, quartz countertops are resistant to stains. But they're not 100 per cent immune, and you must take care not to damage the surface cleaning them.

Wipe the surface of the quartz countertop using a non-abrasive cloth and a solution of water and non-abrasive liquid soap, such as dishwashing detergent. This will remove any loose spills that will not have penetrated the surface of the quartz. Rub hard to remove stubborn dirt. Quartz is an extremely tough material and you will not damage the surface, provided you are using a non-abrasive pad.

Scrape away with a plastic putty knife any excess material which may be stuck to the surface of the countertop. This includes materials such as gum, glue, dried paint, nail polish and food. Be sure not to use a metal putty knife, as the metal may scratch the surface of the quartz. Use a damp cloth, or a non-abrasive pad and a non-abrasive detergent, to wipe away any residual dirt after you have scraped away the excess material stuck to the countertop.

Mix white vinegar and warm water in equal quantities, then apply this using a non-abrasive cloth or pad. The vinegar in the solution dissolves any stubborn materials that are difficult to remove, such as wax or food. The quartz surface is durable, and will not be harmed by the vinegar in the solution. Place a pad or cloth soaked in the vinegar and water solution over particularly difficult areas, and let it sit for 10 minutes. This will loosen the dirt.

Wipe the surface of the countertop once all dirt has been removed using a non-abrasive cloth or cleaning pad and clean water. Use plenty of water with the cloth or pad to wipe away the streaks left by the detergent. Once you have wiped the soap streaks away, use a dry cloth to dry any excess water.

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