Engineered quartz is a manmade product that’s made up of mostly quartz with resins and pigments added in. This combination creates nonporous and hardy pieces. Resistant to dents, scratches, and abrasive products, engineered quartz is a good option when you want something easy to clean.
In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is required to maintain its luster. If necessary, use a nonabrasive cleaning product such as Method® Daily Polish Spray or Method® Daily Stone Surface Wipes. Adhered materials such as food, gum, nail polish, or dried paint can be scraped away with a plastic putty knife; metal marks left by the putty knife can be removed with Method® Daily Polish Spray or Method® Daily Stone Surface Wipes. Thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water to remove residue.
Stubborn Stains or Dried Spills
Use a soft cloth with warm water and mild soap or detergent. If needed, apply common, nonabrasive, household cleaners such as Soft Scrub® Liquid Gel with Bleach or Comet® Soft Cleanser Scratch-Free Cream with Bleach. To avoid dulling the surface’s shine, make sure to use a nonabrasive cleaner.
NOTE: do not use cleaning products that have a high pH level (over 8), such as oven cleaner or paint remover, as they may etch and damage the surface.
Honed Finish Cleaning and Maintenance
Please understand that Honed finishes will require more daily maintenance than our polished finishes. Since there is more exposed surface area with honed finishes, metal marks, fingerprints and other signs of daily living will show on honed material. Most of these marks can be easily removed with little effort and cleaning products such as Soft Scrub® Liquid Gel. For tough stains, work the area with a ScotchBrite® Blue pad.
Engineered quartz can tolerate moderately hot temperatures for brief periods of time. Prolonged exposure will result in discoloring or other types of damage.
Please inform your customers that they should avoid direct contact between very hot pots and the engineered quartz surface. Excessive localized heat may damage the surface or cause hairline cracks to appear. We always require the use of an insulator/hot pad/trivet especially when using cooking units such as electric fry pans/woks/kettles.
Tough, Yes – Indestructable, No
The durability and low maintenance of engineered quartz countertops are a perfect choice for busy households. As with any surface, however, they can be permanently damaged by exposure to strong chemicals and solvents that undermine its physical properties. Do not use products that contain trichloroethane or methylene chloride, such as paint removers or strippers.
Avoid any highly aggressive cleaning agents such as oven/grill cleaners and dishwasher agents that have high alkaline/pH levels. Products containing oils or powders may leave a residue. Should your surface accidentally be exposed to any of these damaging products, rinse immediately with water to neutralize the effect.