Do quartz countertops stain?

If you’re wondering, “Do quartz countertops stain,” the short answer is “not easily.” Quartz isn’t stainproof, but it does have the highest level of stain-resistance. The seal created by the resin in the manufacturing process makes it virtually impervious to liquid. Because of this seal, there is no need to additionally seal or wax your countertop at any time (unlike natural stone countertops). This makes quartz a low-maintenance choice. However, that doesn’t mean your countertops will never receive a mark or stain if a particularly stubborn staining liquid was spilled and left to remain for a length of time. It’s generally good practice to take preventative measures when using your countertops and to clean them regularly. 

Here are three key steps to take to make sure your quartz surfaces stay looking their best:

  • Clean up any spills straight away.
    Allowing liquids to remain on a quartz surface for any length of time could lead to stains in the long term. Immediately wiping up the spill will prevent this from happening. It’s especially important to quickly clean up substances, such as red wine and coffee, as these can stain.
  • Only use safe cleaning products.
    Chemical reactions can occur when you use certain cleaning solutions or liquids, such as those with high pH of 8.5 or higher. It’s, therefore, important to only use quartz-safe products to clean your surfaces. Soap and water are often all you need to restore a clean surface. You should also keep substances, such as nail polish, away from quartz surfaces as it can cause staining. The best suitable cleaners are those that are pH neutral. Never use bleach, and don’t use any rough sponges – a soft cloth or no-scratch pad is best.
  • Avoid placing hot pans on a quartz surface.
    Quartz is highly heat resistant and durable. However, you should always use a pad or trivet for any hot pan. Alleanza Quartz surfaces are not affected by temperatures lower than 100 degrees Celsius. However any kitchen countertop of any material can damage with extreme heat, and it can also cause discoloration of the surface.