The holidays are just around the corner, and your kitchen always gets a workout during the holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a party or it’s just you and your family, if you’re cooking a holiday spread, your countertops will get a workout.
If you have quartz countertops, you care about your kitchen’s appearance, and if you’re reading this article, you want to keep those countertops looking their best during the busy holiday season. While natural stone countertops are very resilient, there are some simple things you can do to make sure that your quartz counters look great all season.
Protect Quartz Counters from Heat
Never place hot items directly on your quartz countertops. A sudden rapid increase in temperature can cause discoloration or even cause the quartz to crack. Even mugs with hot beverages could cause problems in the long run.
You should always use hot pads or trivets under your hot cookware to protect your counters from sudden heat changes and avoid damaging them.
Furthermore, quartz is a strong material, but it does chip easily. Countertops can easily be chipped, especially on their edges, if they’re hit with a heavy pot or pan. Using trivets will help keep pots and pans from banging into the countertop and chipping it or wearing it down.
Use Cutting Boards
This tip is more about protecting your knives rather than your counters, since quartz is very scratch-resistant. You can cut food directly on a quartz counter without major problems, although of course it’s important to keep in mind that it can be chipped with a sudden hit, as we previously mentioned, and the surface material can also be worn down.
The most important reason to use cutting boards is that the very hard quartz material will wear down your knives, dulling them very quickly.
Clean Up Spills Promptly
Some liquids can leave a stain on your quartz counters if you leave them too long, especially if they dry. If you get in the habit of wiping up spills right away, your counters will always look their best. Pay special attention to liquids like wine, citrus juice, vinegar, soda, coffee, and tea. These are acidic, corrosive, or have pigments that can leave surface stains if they’re allowed to dry.
Don’t panic—you’ll still be able to clean these surface stains, but you can easily avoid them altogether by wiping them up as they happen. It’ll keep your cleanup later much easier and you’ll know you’re taking good care of your quartz countertops.
Save Your Warranty Certificate
In addition to knowing that you’ll be able to use the warranty to get your countertops replaced if something were to happen to them, keeping your quartz countertops in good shape is easier if you keep all your warranty paperwork, because it’ll also contain information about the best way to care for your counters. The manufacturer will have recommendations for the best products and methods to use.
Happy Holidays !