A return to my kitchen remodel rescue is more homely than writerly, but my quartz tops are anything but. (Houzz viewers agree!) And since the majority of you people find my blog through searches like “Caesarstone Blizzard,” “how to clean stains off Caesarstone,” and “Caesarstone and Barkeepers Friend” (not so much “writerly advice” or “brilliant writing tips”), I feel I owe it to the quartz-curious to update my views on the subject.
Now that we’ve lived in the kitchen for over a year, we’ve relaxed. We don’t freak over every sploych of salsa or plohrp of pasta sauce. Coffee cup rings and strawberry smudges that a year ago sent us into apoplexy now send us under the sink for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (which would be named Miracle Eraser had I been the writer on that branding team). One little rub, and dark rings and burgundy-colored “stains” disappear.
The tops are not indestructible (this is the planet earth, there is such a thing as physics). An edge got a tiny nick when the teenager accidentally whacked a plate against it (why the quartz didn’t best the porcelain is beyond me). When the Caesarstone rep came to repair it (did you see that? thanks to Man-on-a-Horse, the Caesarstone rep. appeared on my doorstep. to repair. a teeny-tiny gouge. caused by us), I learned that I was using the wrong cleaning product for a gloss-finish quartz.
The countertop installers recommended the abrasive Soft Scrub® and even wiped down my counters with it within moments of installing them—right in front of me. So you’d trust it to be a safe cleanser to use, right? I had also read online that Bar Keepers Friend® is good for quartz tops. According to the rep, though, these two products are only recommended for HONED quartz surfaces! Otherwise, on a glossy finish, only the GEL type of Soft Scrub® should be used, which chaps my hide because when I tried to scrub mineral scum from around my fixtures with those other products, I also scrubbed off the sheen. (You think the countertop company could/would polish it back to its original glossy shine?)
If I had a do-over, would I choose a darker color or different material for my gorgeous new kitchen? NO! I love our bright, white Blizzard Caesarstone quartz counters. They’re durable, easy to maintain, and they cheer even gray days with their gleam.
Check out my gawgeous tops, BEFORE. And now, lived in: