Tips for maintaining kitchen countertops

Tips for maintaining kitchen countertops

There are many kinds of kitchen countertops. First, there is a natural stone, like marble, quartz, soapstone, granite, etc.

You'll also see everything from butcher block to tile, laminate, and much more. And they all have different cleaning requirements.

Ditch the multi-purpose cleaner and follow the manufacturer's instructions, which are either in the warranty on the company website. Meanwhile, here are some cleaning tips for four of the top choices.

About stone counters

Even lemon juice or vinegar, popular household cleaners, are too acidic. 

With stone, they create damage. So, instead, use hot water with a drop of dish detergent and wipe these off the countertops.

Be sure to follow sealing requirements. Some, like marble, are porous, and sealing makes cleaning easier.

Butcher block: natural, with earthly palettes

People have been seeking genuine materials and earthy neutral palettes. So, naturally, this makes the butcher block counter highly sought after.

Scrub with hot water and a drop of dish soap. After, wipe with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. 

Spray with white vinegar to disinfect. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe your kitchen countertops dry.

Tile: still the most popular counter material

And they still look fresh and modern! In addition, most tile counters are glazed ceramic, so your countertops will likely stay shiny and easy to clean.

These need a kitchen degreaser or soap and water. If necessary, scrub with a non-abrasive cloth. 

Grout's another story, however. It's porous and absorbs stains quickly. Apply a solution of ¼ cup of bleach to 2 cups of water. 

Apply liberally to grout lines (be sure to wear protective gloves) and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then scrub and rinse well. Wipe with a moist cloth to remove any bleach.

Most grout on a countertop is sealed. Ask about re-sealing requirements.

Laminate countertops: just like washing the dishes

Moisten a kitchen sponge or cloth with hot water. Add a drop of dish detergent and wipe.

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