How to Safely Remove Water Spots from Quartz Countertops
How to Remove Hard Water Spots from Quartz Countertops
We will guide you through a safe and effective method for removing water spots from quartz counters without causing damage. You will also learn what water spots are, their cause, and how to protect against them by using recommended weekly/routine cleaning and care.
What Are Water Spots
Mineral deposits are also known as hard water spots, water stains, and watermarks. They are mostly calcium and magnesium but sometimes contain soap scum residue and salts from water softeners. It's common to find them on kitchen and bath countertops, sinks, and glass shower doors. Mineral deposits on quartz countertops require specific cleaning methods to remove them without causing a dull spot or blemish.
What Causes Hard Water Spots
Water spots are the solids left behind from water that has evaporated. These solids are considered mineral deposits.
Quartz-Safe Cleaners Can Not Remove Hard Water Spots
Quartz countertops are combined with acid-sensitive resins during their manufacturing, meaning they are vulnerable to chemical damage. This causes acidic products such as vinegar, lemon juice, or acidic cleaners to eat through the resins, "etching" the surface. As a result, quartz requires pH-neutral cleaners.
Hard water spots, unfortunately, can not be removed by pH-neutral cleaners. Although certain cleaning products specialize in removing such deposits, the large majority of them are acidic or alkaline-based. This is why prevention is key.
With this in mind, here is our list of guidelines for removing hard water spots and mineral deposits from quartz countertops:
How to Clean Hard Water Spots
Your options for cleaning hard water spots from quartz countertops sound counterintuitive but are safer and easier than they sound. Since quartz cleaners are ineffective, we will have to use friction to remove the deposits. All you will need is super-fine steel wool (grade #0000), or a straight-razor. It is essential that your steel wool is grade #0000 since other variations will be too abrasive.
Use grade #0000 super-fine steel wool to remove light water spots, lightly rubbing the deposits in a circular motion.
For heavier spots, Carefully use a new, sharp straight razor or scraper.
Take preventative measures to prevent water stains and mineral deposits from building up
Don’t use aggressive/strong cleaners on your quartz or granite countertop
Don’t use vinegar or lemon juice; they can etch your surface
Don’t use non-neutral household cleaners on your quartz
Don’t use water and dish soap to clean your quartz, (without a rinse and wiping off excess water left behind) as they can lead to more water spots, mineral deposits, and soap-scum build-ups
The easiest method of removing hard water spots from quartz is to use Super-Fine Steel wool (#0000 grade). Begin in an inconspicuous (hidden) area, buffing the surface in a circular motion. Ensure the area is undamaged, and proceed to mimic the technique along the water spots. This should be enough to remove light mineral deposits from the surface.
If heavier deposits exist, it may be best to carefully scrape them off of the surface with a straight razor.
Preventing Water Stains and Mineral Deposits
Removal is difficult, so prevention is key.
Many individuals clean their countertops with soapy water, but this should be avoided. Like washing glass with a soapy wet rag or sponge, doing this to your quartz can create a cloudy haze over time from soap scum or leftover mineral deposits.
For proper prevention, utilize a quartz cleaner formulated with ioSeal Protectants. ioSeal forms an ionic bond to the surface, creating a layer that resists incoming stains and messes such as hard water spots.
We hope this information has served well to clarify and simplify cleaning in the future. With a history of more than 30 years in the natural stone installation and stone-care industries, we believe in educating consumers. With that in mind, if you have further questions about your stone surface, contact us, and we will help you find a quick solution. We can be reached by calling 317-865-0000.
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