Kitchen countertops are one of the most sensitive surfaces in your house. Aside from being a major element that determines how your kitchen feels and looks, they also regularly come into contact with the food you prepare.
In order to help you keep your countertops spotless at all times, we provided you with a brief guide on how to always keep your countertops germ-free and looking their best. Read on to learn more.
Ask yourself: which material are your countertops made of?
Commercial and residential kitchen countertops are made using a variety of different materials. Since each material has its own unique properties, they can vary a lot when it comes to how they’re maintained and how durable they are.
This is especially important when it comes to cleaning: the last thing you want is to permanently damage your beautiful countertops because you used a cleaning product or method that’s not appropriate for the material. If you’re not sure what your countertops are made of, try to find the bill from when you bought them, or look online for photos of different types of countertops and find the one that looks exactly like yours.
Here’s how to clean different types of countertops:
Granite and marble
These countertops have to be cleaned on a daily basis using a combination of warm water and a non-abrasive dish soap. You can buff them afterward with a microfiber towel. When dealing with stains, use a household cleaner that’s specifically designed for these surfaces. Finally, don’t forget to reseal your countertops once a year using an appropriate commercial sealant.
Quartz and engineered stone
These materials are very tough and will rarely get any stains on them. Everyday cleaning can be done using a combination of warm water and mild household soap. If they do get stained, simply sprinkle some glass cleaner on them and wipe it down with a soft sponge. Due to how durable they are, these countertops don’t need to be resealed.
Laminate is another extremely durable material that doesn’t have to be resealed. Everyday cleaning can be performed using a soft cloth that has previously been dampened with a non-abrasive household cleaner. A solution made out of water and baking soda will be enough to remove most stains. Just keep in mind that baking soda can be abrasive, so don’t scrub too hard.
This material is popular in restaurants and other commercial properties because of how simple it is to clean and maintain. Most of the time, all you need to do is wipe it down with a stainless steel cleaner (or just use regular soap and water). Use a microfiber towel and avoid scrubbing pads and steel wool, as they may scratch the metal. This type of countertop doesn’t need to be resealed.
Wooden countertops are gorgeous and inexpensive, but they also require the most maintenance. You’ll need to wipe them down with a light household cleaner (or with a mixture of white vinegar and warm water) every day, and especially after using them. The best way to remove food residue is by gently scraping it off with a spatula. Last but not least, don’t forget to reseal your wood countertops every few months using a food-grade wax or oil.
Although the materials listed above are among the most popular materials seen in kitchen countertops, they’re far from the only ones. If your countertops are made of a different material that wasn’t mentioned in this article, feel free to click this link and ask registered cleaning professionals to recommend the right approach.