Granite and quartz countertops add flair to any kitchen, but the benefits don’t stop at style points.
Granite, made of 100% stone, is coated with a non-porous sealant, making it resistant to bacteria and dirt to help keep your kitchen safe, clean and easy to maintain. Quartz is similar, but it has its own pros and cons. Quartz is incredibly durable — even more than granite — and is so hard it can scratch glass. Quartz resists pits, fissures and other imperfections that sometimes develop in stone countertops. However, quartz doesn’t handle heat as well as granite, so watch out for those sizzling pots and pans.
Why Care for Your Countertops?
Proper cleaning and maintenance will help your granite or quartz countertop last a lifetime. It can also add value to your home during an appraisal or resale.
Here are a few simple ways to protect your countertop investment:
Caring for Granite and Stone Countertops
1. Clean up acidic spills ASAP
We love to experiment in the kitchen, but sometimes we make a mess. While granite doesn’t soak up stains as quickly as marble, it should still be wiped clean as soon as possible to avoid any staining. Liquids like wine, coffee and fruit juices could potentially mark the surface.
2. Stains can still happen
Did you forget you spilled coffee before you left for the weekend? No problem. Accidents are bound to occur in the kitchen, but Weiman Granite & Stone Stain Remover is designed so you’ll never damage your beautiful countertops. Weiman makes it possible to remove stubborn food, ink, mildew and oil stains from countertops. We believe it’s the best product on the market for stains on granite or stone.
3. Avoid using highly acidic cleaning products and abrasive scrubbers
Vinegar and other highly acidic cleaners can dull the granite and destroy the sealant, which is necessary for keeping your countertops looking brilliant. The same goes for abrasive scrubbers that might work well on cookware. Use a soft cloth and discover how easily Weiman Granite & Stone products keep your countertops clean, shiny and streak-free.
Caring for Quartz Countertops
1. Watch for hot, hot heat
Quartz is heat resistance, but it’s not as forgiving as stone or granite when it comes to piping hot cookware. Thus, quartz countertops can take heat damage if you leave a sizzling pot or pan on the countertop for too long. Remember to use a cooking trivet, as heat could also discolor the quartz.
2. Keep the resin in your quartz pristine
We recommend never letting a spill dry, but life happens. Use Weiman Quartz Clean & Shine for any stains to protect the resins in quartz from fading or darkening due to sunlight exposure. It’s low-maintenance cleaning at its finest.
3. Avoid harsh chemicals
Keep your quartz looking its best. Weiman Quartz Clean & Shine is an effective, pH neutral formula that doesn’t dull or damage quartz and natural stones like some cleaners with harsh chemicals.
Now that you know how to care for your granite and quartz countertops, take a look at how to properly clean your glass stovetop.