Cleaning Zodiac Quartz Countertop

by Ken D.
(Sacramento, CA)

QUESTION:

I gave a zodiac countertops on my kitchen island that is a dark burgandy. The cooking range is in the center of the quartz countertop.


What do U recommend to clean it when we are finished cooking to get the grease and oils that get on it after we are finished cooking.

ANSWER:

For Zodiac countertops, Silestone and any other brand of quartz countertops (since they are all manufactured essentially the same) I recommend treating it just like granite or any other stone and stay away from acidic or harsh alkaline cleaners like most common cleaners.

For general cleaning I recommend this Granite, Marble & Quartz Countertop Cleaning spray.

Excellent stone cleaner/conditioner and dries with a streak-free shine. Just spray on and wipe surface with a soft cloth, sponge or paper towel.

Some people prefer the Granite & Quartz WIPES for general cleaning or in addition to the spray for a quick clean.

For a little extra shine and easier cleaning many people like to use the Topical Polish/Shine Enhancer. Very good product that isn't "necessary" for proper maintenance except to make your Zodiac counter tops look their very best.

If you happen to have a hard water problem (white crusty build-up), then Hard Water / Soap Scum Remover works very well (spray and scrub with soft-bristle brush) to clean hard water deposits.

Good Luck,
Ryan

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Cleaning Hairspray on Zodiac Quartz Countertop

QUESTION:

I have a new (7 months) Zodiac bathroom countertop. I was told not to seal it and did not.

I have been cleaning it with a natural "Green" cleaner, but now realize that it has a build-up of something (probably hair spray and other hair products) giving it a "gritty" feeling.

What should I use to remove the build-up and then, what is the best thing to clean Zodiac countertops on a regular basis?

ANSWER:

Zodiac counter tops are made from quartz (an element in granite) but they cannot be cleaned in the same way as granite countertops.

Although, it is not to be used for regular cleaning, with granite you can use solvents like acetone to remove substances stuck on the surface and/or bleach solutions to periodically disinfect granite.

However, solvents and bleach can cause permanent damage and discoloring to man-made quartz countertops like your Zodiac tops. These won't damage granite if used sparingly, but can degrade and/or remove sealants, etc.

So, in general you should use a pH-neutral stone cleaner for quartz countertops just like you would for granite countertops.

I recommend using this Granite & Quartz Countertop Cleaning spray.

Now, it's a bit of a mystery why you are getting a "gritty" build-up. I'd imagine that your current cleaner should at least be able to get hairspray off the surface, but maybe not... and there is the possibility that the cleaner is somehow damaging the surface.

I'd try the above recommended quartz cleaner along with a nylon scrubber on the surface and see what happens.

If you still have grittiness, then I'd have your installer come back out and see if the surface may be damaged.

Good Luck,
Ryan

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