Quartz countertops are perfect for use in the kitchen, bath and other areas of your home, often available in a range of colors and patterns to match your home’s style. These surfaces are made using engineered stone — a mix of natural quartz and durable resins for continuity in design and exceptional resistance to stains, bacterial buildup, mold and more.
Cleaning and disinfecting countertops is an essential step to keep you and your family healthy. With the threat of COVID-19 now an everyday reality, it is essential to keep your surfaces sterilized. While many products show promise in killing COVID-19 and other viruses, solutions from brands like Lysol, Clorox and others containing bleach or vinegar can ruin a quartz surface.
The Best Way to Clean Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are exceptionally tough, but if you use harsh chemicals or cleaning products, you risk causing permanent damage. Fortunately, caring for your quartz countertop is easy and inexpensive. Dish soap is an excellent, eco-friendly solution for removing all the dirt, grease and grime typical in the kitchen and bath — and a little goes a long way.
To disinfect your quartz countertops, we recommend adding isopropyl alcohol to your mixture. Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol is the same type of alcohol found in first aid kits. It is an effective disinfecting agent solution for stone surfaces when added to your cleaning solution.
Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with warm water. For every eight ounces of water you use, add one drop of your preferred dish soap and four tablespoons of isopropyl alcohol. Gently rock the bottle back and forth to mix your solution without creating excess lather and bottle pressure.
How to Disinfect Quartz Countertops for Germs, Viruses and COVID-19
At Arch City Granite & Marble, we recommend cleaning and disinfecting your countertops at least once per day. Follow these steps to ensure you clean your entire countertop surface and get the maximum effect against germs, bacteria and viruses like COVID-19:
- Prepare your space: Clear any utensils, appliances and other items off your counter for easy access to the entire surface.
- Remove any buildup: Use a dry rag to sweep any crumbs into the sink or a dustpan before wiping to prevent scratches on your countertops.
- Spray the surfaces: Spray your countertops generously and allow the solution to sit for at least 60 seconds to get the maximum effect.
- Scrub your counters: Scrub your countertops using a clean, soft rag and apply more solution as needed to break up stubborn grease or sticky spots.
- Wipe your surfaces: When you are finished scrubbing, rinse your rag and use it to wipe any leftover soap away before drying your countertops with a towel.