Quartz Cleaning and Polishing Products
Avoid Quartz Countertop Damage with Proper Product Choice
I know it's recommended to use dedicated stone cleaners on granite & marble.
But what about Quartz surfaces?
What are the best products for cleaning and polishing quartz countertops? And what about quartz shower tiles? Do I use the same products on quartz as on granite or marble?
For instance: Will your Etch Removing Marble Polisher product
be effective to restore etching on Quartz shower tiles due to using a strong cleaning chemical?
Will the Soap Film & Hard Water cleaner
and the Mold and Mildew Remover be safe for Quartz shower tiles? And it is important that you treat quartz differently from a cleaning and restoration perspective?
Good question. Quartz countertops can be permanently discolored by some cleaners and household chemicals, so product choice is an important decision.
All the products we recommend for cleaning marble & granite
are safe for all natural stone and for quartz surfaces, except for one product you mentioned which if for use on marble, travertine or limestone only. Basically
, quartz countertops and tile should be cleaned just like a granite. Quartz countertops are 90% natural stone after all, so the best performing and safest products for use on quartz are those made for use on natural stone.
Since marble, travertine, limestone and onyx are immediately damaged by most household cleaners, we always make a point of noting that a particular product is safe for such surfaces.
Granite is much less sensitive to chemicals. It can still etch when exposed to very strong chemicals or from repeated use, so stone-specific cleaners should still be used.
As noted, quartz countertops can be damaged and discolored by some chemicals and cleaners as well. There's a major difference regarding repair, however, as we'll see below.
Cleaning Quartz vs. Granite & MarbleThe idea behind our recommendations
is that any product made safe for cleaning marble is also safe for cleaning granite or quartz countertops or Corian or glass, etc. Thus, you don't really treat marble and granite or quartz differently when it comes to regular cleaning.
The proper, non-damaging cleaners are required for all stone or man-made stone-based surfaces like quartz countertops. For regular cleaning of quartz countertops
use the Granite & Marble Spray Cleaner
. General care, do's and don'ts, however, do vary a bit between marble, granite and quartz.
With marble, you have to be much more particular about avoiding acidic foods and drinks than on granite or quartz which won't readily etch.
Acidic foods, drinks, and most chemicals etch marble, which is why marble is not the best choice for a kitchen countertop. Common cleaners are a gamble
. Quartz is not nearly as sensitive as marble, but not quite as resistant to chemical damage as granite, which is why using common household cleaners (including brand name) is risky. You simply don't know which cleaner may be the one to discolor your quartz.
Repair and restoration, however, is a different ball game than cleaning. Marble repair
can be somewhat different than granite repair and quartz repair can be a lot different. The main difference
is that stone can almost always be repaired or restored, but damage to a quartz countertop is almost always permanent.
Chemical damage results in lighter-colored areas where the color looks like it was bleached out. It's the coloring dyes within the resins used to make quartz tiles and countertops that are affected.... usually permanently.
Such spots can resemble marble etching, but cannot be repaired in the same way as marble or at all in most cases.
The spots you have on your quartz shower tiles are not
etching in the traditional sense. The spots are almost certainly chemical discoloration.
The ETCH REMOVER / Marble Polishing Powder
is made for use on calcareous stones like marble. It won't work on quartz... or granite for that matter.
Since marble is relatively soft, the above DIY product works very well and can be easily used by an unskilled person to restore mild to moderate etching (which is the most common).
Granite, on the other hand, is too hard and must be professionally re-polished. Also, severe damage to marble requires professional marble cleaning and maintenance as well.
Again, the Etch Remover won't do a thing to restore the quartz. When marble is etched it's simply a matter of re-polishing the rougher surface back to a smooth, glossy surface.
There is no damage or discoloring of dyes or resins with marble, which is the case with quartz. However,
the Soap Film / Hard Water Remover
and the Mold & Mildew Stain Remover
are safe and will work excellent on quartz shower tiles as well.
The Soap Film Remover is best used as your "regular" shower cleaner. It will keep all normal shower buildup off the quartz tiles so they don't ever look dull.
Another helpful product is the Topical Granite Polish
which will work well to enhance the shine on quartz countertops and tiles too.
To try and repair the spots on your quartz, you may consider calling the quartz manufacturer with the exact chemical that did the damage and see what they suggest, but most likely they will tell you it's permanent and such chemicals should not be used.