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ScaryClown
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Quartz Countertop Cleaner
Does anybody have any hacks to polish white quartz and clean it well. Lowes quartz cleaner products haven't worked well and soap/water hasn't really worked either. There's dirty discolored spots that appear frequently in the quartz and I'm not entirely sure whats causing it. Its in areas that arent frequently used as well, so I'm not 100% sold that its all dirt.


metallica81788
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
My installer just told me to use glass cleaner and that always worked well for me. Not sure if this will help your problem with what you’ve already tried.


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hungryone
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
I have white marble w/gray veins. I use a 409 stone/stainless steel multisurface spray cleaner that works well to remove rust/aluminum oxidation (from the outsides of sheet pans) from the white marble. Give it a try. LINK
It works much better than Windex/glass cleaners. A microfiber cloth or cotton towel also work much better than paper towels. The paper towels tend to shred & pill on the honed surface, leaving it dustier than before you wiped it.


ScaryClown
Member since Nov 2016
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
Thanks Ill give it a try, the quartz just looks terrible right now and its losing its bright white shine.


Clames
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
Ammonia. Cheap, simple, and effective enough for high-precision surface plates that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Glass, marble, granite, quartz, stainless steel, etc. Nothing works better for $1/quart.


ScaryClown
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
Ammonia is something that is reported as too harsh for quartz because of the acid. Says to avoid any product with that in it.


Clames
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
Ammonia is the opposite of acid and it is far from too harsh diluted 1:10 in a spray bottle.


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HighRoller
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
My installer told me windex


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TDsngumbo
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
I use barkeepers friend on my quartz bathroom countertop and it shines it up like the day it was installed.


hungryone
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
I use Barkeeper's friend on stubborn stains on white marble: mix to a paste, spread over the stain, let it sit a little while then wipe up. It has removed rust, red wine, tumeric, tomato, and a bunch of other things.


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Clames
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
It's also acidic (oxalic acid) and mildly abrasive. Not something you want to get in the habit of using on polished surfaces and anything that could be attacked by acid outside of porcelain or brushed stainless steel. Or where you are removing heavy corrosion or scale.
This post was edited on 7/31 at 6:11 pm


hungryone
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
My surfaces aren’t polished....just honed. So I scrape, scrub, scour like crazy and it’s all good. I dunno who can live with polished surfaces in a kitchen.....not me. I use the hell outta mine. An average week sees 25+ loaves of bread, some candy, and some fresh pasta, all kneaded and/or rolled on marble. I’m not worried about shiny.


iwantacooler
Member since Aug 2017
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
I'm a big fan of the leathered/honed myself. Just had our leathered marble installed a couple of weeks ago.


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mouton
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
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Ammonia. Cheap, simple, and effective enough for high-precision surface plates that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Glass, marble, granite, quartz, stainless steel, etc. Nothing works better for $1/quart.


You don't want to use any ammonia or bleach based cleaners with marble or granite. It will eat away the sealer.


hungryone
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
No sealers here. Maybe the installers sealed, but I sure k never resealed. 6+ years, no worries.


mouton
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
Why not?


hungryone
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
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Why not?

AFAIK, they're not foodsafe. As described upthread, I do a great deal of bread, pastry, confectionary prep directly on the honed marble. I've had no real problems w/staining that weren't easily remedied.

That said, I like the used/antique look. Think of the ancient aged marble countertops and kitchen tables in countless mediterranean kitchens....I'm happy with the odd scuff, dink, or chip around the sink edges. It's character....not flaw. Too perfect finishes and surfaces are less appealing.


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meeple
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
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the quartz just looks terrible right now and its losing its bright white shine.


This is surprising, are you sure you have quartz (man made) or quartzite (natural stone)? The man made quartz is supposed to be one of the most durable and resilient materials one can buy for a countertop. We're considering quartz for our master bath vanity.


ScaryClown
Member since Nov 2016
4741 posts

re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
ya its definitely man made but the white still shows all kinds of discolorations in spots. Mr Clean magic eraser worked pretty well to clear up some of the spots.


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mouton
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re: Quartz Countertop Cleaner
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We're considering quartz for our master bath vanity.



Unless you find a remnant prepare to pay out the ass. What most people do not take into account is the company you use has to buy and entire slab. A slab of quartz might cost them two grand. How much would you expect them to charge you for your vanity when they are paying two grand just for the material?


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