Calacatta quartz is one of these popular types of quartz countertop that is formed from rich quartz sandstone.
And this sandstone has been exposed to high intensity of heat and pressure as a result of the natural process.
This kind of quartz can be found all over the world in a variety of colors, patterns, and qualities.
You can attest to the fact that the calacatta quartz countertop in your kitchen, genuinely reflects nature’s splendor and this is because of the number of processes it has to go through.
For example, it must be sealed regularly and the factory manufacturing the product has also deemed it fit to combine binding agents.
And resin binders, on the other hand, render quartz countertops nonporous, thus making the material resistant to mildew, mold, and sometimes, stains.
But how do you clean your Calacatta quartz?
How To Clean Calacatta Quartz Countertop
Although your calacatta quartz will be resistant to permanent stains when they are exposed to liquids such as; vinegar, tea, water, lemon juice, soda, and even fruits and vegetables but you need to wipe off the countertop once you are done and once there is a spill.
Always ensure that you take care of the spills and other messes by using mild liquid dish soap and a soft cloth to clean the countertop.
But as for heavy stains, you will need to get a surface cleaner, a soft but non-abrasive sponge, one that you normally use for nonstick pans and have been labeled safe.
Once you get this abrasive sponge, apply some little amount of elbow grease.
Then use a plastic knife to gently scrape off the food stain, nail polish stain, and other dry stains on the countertop.
Then use the dish soap and the abrasive sponge to gently remove the stains.
To remove Calacatta grease from your countertop, use a degreasing product.
It is impossible to cook without spewing grease or any kind of oily stain on your precious Calacatta quartz countertop.
To handle this, use Krud Kutter degreasing product or any kitchen degreaser you know to loosen the grease from the quartz surface.
You can follow the degreaser manufacturer’s manual to get further instruction on how to use the degreaser.
But once you are done, apply it on the quartz surface, then rinse with mild water and dry using a soft towel.
Goo Gone Product
To remove the permanent marker stain off your quartz surface, you should get a Goo Gone product.
It is usually available on Amazon and sometimes in your local store.
Get that product or a similar product, then moisten a cloth with that product, and rub it into the stain.
Once the scrubbing is over, rinse off the countertop with warm water to remove the cleaning agent.
Then dry the countertop using a dry cloth.
But beyond your monthly cleaning, wiping the calacatta quartz daily will help you pay attention to spills and other messes that may happen on your quartz surface.
So this surface requires daily maintenance.
However, general deep cleaning is also recommended where you will spray some generous amount of nonabrasive cleaning agent over the surface of the quartz and allow it to sit for about 10-15 minutes.
Then wipe off the mixture using a non-scratch sponge. Deep cleaning can take place once every week.
WHAT TO AVOID WHILE CLEANING CALACATTA Quartz COUNTERTOP
Now when it comes to cleaning the quartz surface there are rules guiding it.
There are things you must do, and things that you shouldn’t do. At the end of the day, preserving the lifespan of your quartz surface is all that matters.
Abrasives and Scouring Pads
Never make use of abrasive cleaners and scouring pads.
This is because these cleaning agents can dull the surface.
Soapy water will always do the trick of removing most of your stains for the calacatta quartz.
But if you need a more mild cleanser to remove the stains on the quartz surface, make sure that it is specifically designed for quartz surfaces.
Beware of using harsh cleaning agents that have high Ph.
For instance, products from nail polish remover and products like turpentine are highly acidic and some of them have high pH and can cause a disintegration between the resin and the quartz.
Quartz has been designed to tolerate exposure to mild alkaline solutions such as; diluted bleach, but cleaning solutions with high alkaline like concentrated bleach, and oven cleaners can damage the quartz surface.
Once the quartz surface comes in contact with any of these chemicals, quickly rinse off the surface thoroughly with water and dry using a dry cloth.
Also, quartz surfaces, are prone to melting. Although the material is heat resistant, the resin used in manufacturing the quartz product is plastic therefore it is very prone to melting in heat above 300F degrees.
So you must be careful about exposing your quartz surface to prolonged and excessive heat.
Leaving a pot on your quartz countertop for too long may even crack the surface.
So to keep it safe from heat, use a hot pad for your pots and pans.
Do not ever think that your calacatta quartz surface does not need a cutting board while dicing your veggies, and fruits.
Although the quartz surface is hard, it is not hard enough to withstand the cutting effect of sharp objects such as your knives.
So whenever you want to slice or dice, always make use of a cutting board.
In conclusion, you must understand that the Calacatta quartz, is not a right fit for an outdoor kitchen.
So if you install it outside, it may never last long.
Quartz surfaces are usually good for indoor purposes. Because day in, and day out, they are never exposed to direct sunlight that tends to damage the quartz surface.
Hence, be gentle and kind to your quartz surfaces with regular cleaning and maintenance so that you will enjoy a lifetime of durability.