If you’ve recently bought a granite or quartz worktop or countertop for your kitchen, or you’re thinking of investing in one, you might have questions about the best ways to clean and maintain them. While both granite and quartz worktops are relatively easy to look after, there are a few cleaning tips you should follow.

To help you keep your granite or quartz worktops in absolutely tip top condition, we’ve written this article on how to keep them clean, with all the information you’ll need. We’ve split the information out into two separate guides: one on how to clean granite worktops and one on how to clean quartz ones. While it’s a similar process to look after the two materials, there are some slight differences in the advice for each. Read on to find out how to keep granite and quartz countertops clean!

How to clean granite worktops

Granite worktops are durable and robust, so you don’t need to worry too much about how to maintain them. However, granite is porous, which means it can soak up liquids. This is why it’s important to get your granite worktop sealed – more on that shortly.

Regular cleaning

When it comes to regular cleaning for your granite worktop, it’s vital to mop up spills quickly, as liquid left to sit on top of a granite worktop can eventually seep in and affect the seal of the countertop. The rest of the regular cleaning of your granite countertop can be taken care of by simply wiping down with a soft cloth and using either soapy water or a specific granite cleaning product. Don’t use bleach or acidic cleaners as this can damage the granite – keep things pH neutral and gentle. Also, don’t use a harsh or abrasive cleaning cloth or a scourer as this can scratch the granite, use a gentle microfibre cloth.

Deep cleaning

When it comes to deep cleaning, the advice remains similar – use a pH neutral cleaner, not bleach or anything acidic, and use gentle, microfibre cloths to wipe it down. You can also use a degreaser product to wipe down any stubborn grease or grime.

Keeping your worktop protected

To keep your granite worktop protected, you’ll want to get it resealed around every six months. While granite is very durable, it’s best to use chopping boards rather than chopping food directly onto the surface, and to avoid putting hot pans directly onto the granite worktop. While neither of these things is likely to immediately damage the surface, over time it may degrade the granite and end up leaving scratches or stains.

How to clean quartz worktops

Quartz is a non-porous natural stone, so it’s durable and stain-resistant. The advice for cleaning it is similar to granite – but with a few differences, as quartz doesn’t need to be sealed.

Regular cleaning

For everyday cleaning of your quartz countertop, simply wipe it down with a soft, microfibre cloth and use either soap or another pH balanced cleaner – don’t use a cleaner that’s acidic or harsh, or an abrasive cloth like a scourer. It’s also worth being careful with any crumbs on the countertop, as wiping these away can cause scratches or scuffs. You can also buy specially designed polishing e-cloths that are ideal to create the perfect shine across your quartz countertop.

Do make sure you mop up any spills quickly, as quartz countertops can be vulnerable to staining if liquids are left to sit for an extended period of time.

Deep cleaning

Much like with granite countertops, for deep cleaning a quartz countertop it’s vital that you use a pH neutral, gentle cleaner – not anything with strong chemicals, like bleach or any kind of acid. These harsh cleaners can quickly damage or stain the quartz. Special products are available that leave a slight sealant behind – these can help to prolong the life of your quartz countertop and give it some extra protection.

Keeping your worktop protected

Apart from cleaning your quartz countertop, there are a few things that we recommend you definitely avoid doing to keep your quartz worktop in top condition. The first is putting hot pans or trays on a quartz worktop – always use a trivet! Quartz can withstand mild heat, but hot trays straight from the oven can damage or discolour it, something you definitely want to avoid. You could also scratch the quartz if you chop food directly onto it, so we recommend using a chopping board.

So, there you have it. Just follow this simple guide on how to clean your granite or quartz worktops, and you’ll keep them in perfect condition for their entire life – lovely!

Interested in a granite or quartz countertop for your kitchen? Speak to Norfolk Granite Works – we’re specialists in natural stone furniture across Norfolk and Suffolk.