Due to its rich natural color pattern, durability, and ease of maintenance, quartzite is highly sought after as a finish for kitchen countertops. Once installed, the plush material usually requires only a simple wipe to clean and maintain its elegant appearance. However, knowing which cleaning methods and products not to use on your countertop is just as important as knowing which of these products to use.
The use of acidic chemical cleaners may harm quartzite, so quartzite countertops must be cleaned with neutral and natural materials that some of them can be found in homes. In the following sections, we’ll walk you through several options that you can choose from to clean and care your quartzite countertop.
Use Baking Soda and Water Paste
If something is spilled on the quartzite, put the paste on the stain and cover it with plastic wrap, then leave the paste for two hours to absorb the stain before wiping it with a wet cloth.
In case you wanted to polish the quartzite countertop, you can mix baking soda with water in the amount of 3 tablespoons of soda and a liter of water, then sprinkled the mixture on the surface of the quartzite. After that gently wipe the quartzite with a dry cloth, and let it for 3 hours.
Lot of people prefer using baking soda for cleaning because it is inexpensive and free of harsh chemicals. It is also an effective disinfectant, and an effective stain removal solution. It also removes odors effectively, and is less likely to dig into your quartzite work space comparing it to vinegar and other detergents.
Chalk Is Efficient More than You Think !
Yes chalk ! And that is by smashing the chalk into powder, then wetting a sponge and immersing it inside the powder. wipe the quartzite with it, and more chalk can be placed if necessary, after that the quartzite is wiped with a chamois mop to remove traces of chalk powder and avoid the appearance of lines.
When finished, wipe quartzite with two pieces of cloth, one wet and the other dry, by wiping gently with the wet cloth, then drying it with the other dry piece, after which the quartzite is cleaned with dishwashing liquid or a neutral detergent.
Involve Your Corn Starch
Corn starch is characterized by its ability to absorb fats and oils that are found on quartzite. You can use it by sprinkling it on the quartzite countertop and leave it for 20 minutes, during which the starch absorbs the fat and then wipes it with a wet microfiber cloth.
Hydrogen Peroxide Is a Great Option
Mix two tablespoons of ammonia and a cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl, then pour a quantity of hydrogen peroxide to make a thick paste with stirring. Spread the paste over the stains using a spoon or a putty knife, and then covers the paste with plastic wrap and adhesive tape. Leave it for 24 hours, then scrape it off with a blade and wash the top of the quartzite with water to remove any remaining traces of putty
Can You Sand Quartzite ?
Quartzite countertops can be sanded by doing a quartzite sanding process, following the steps bellow:
- Spray the quartzite with water before and during the sanding process in order to keep it moist.
- Take a piece of the 120-grit sandpaper pad, and inject it on the sander. You can also do it manually by using sandpaper directly or sandpaper with a hand sander.
- Sand the surface in a circular motion, while continuing to spray water on the surface of the quartzite to keep it wet.
- Repeat the process using 300 then 600-grit sandpaper, to make the quartzite surface smoother.
- Wipe the quartzite with a wet sponge and remove sanding dust.
Make sure you’re wearing protective goggles during the sanding process.
How to Care for Quartzite Countertops ?
There are a number of tips that can be followed to maintain and care your quartzite countertop, including the following:
- Protecting quartzite from scratches: This is done by not placing objects with sharp edges directly on the quartzite. Use mats or cloth under the sharp objects to protect the quartzite.
- Wipe the quartzite frequently: When liquid is spilled on quartzite, it must be wiped quickly, and not left for long periods, especially substances that can change the color of quartzite, such as: wine, coffee, and curry powder.
- A wet cloth is better: Try to always use a wet cloth to wipe your quartzite countertop, before doing a final wipe with a dry one. This will make your cleaning more effective.
- Polishing quartzite with a chamois cloth: The chamois cloth is a soft cloth which fits perfectly with cleaning and polishing your quartzite countertop.
- Do not use acidic solutions to clean quartzite, as it leads to damaging your countertop.
- Use adhesive tapes to protect the area around the quartzite before polishing it, as there may be tools made of wood that may be exposed to cleaning materials when spraying the quartzite, exposing it to damage.