When was the last time you spent a little time appreciating your countertops? Yeah, us neither.
However, since we’re digging into all the deep cleaning this month – lets give those countertops a little lovin. Proximity to water and high ‘traffic’ areas in our bathrooms and kitchens means that day to day upkeep is just as important as the deep clean.
So. Select your countertop type and be inspired with some easy and quick cleaning tips:
Countertops can come in a wide variety of materials and design. Your countertops might be solid, marble, granite, or laminate. Each has its own characteristics and requires individual consideration when it comes to cleaning.
Marble countertops require special care. Marble is essentially hard crystalline form of limestone. The beauty of marble is its beautiful colourful patterns. The problem with marble is the ease with which it can be stained, etched and dulled. Avoid vinegar and acidic type of cleaner on marble at all times. Acid will react with the marble and erode it away. Always use gentle cleaner with warm water and wipe with soft cloth. For more thorough or deeper cleaning, use a dish soap or marble cleaner to do the job.
If you have any stain on the marble countertops, try using a thick paste of baking soda made with water and apply it to the stained area. Cover it with a plastic wrap and leave it overnight. On the next day wipe away the baking soda paste with a damp cloth. For stubborn stain repeat the process. You may also use hydrogen peroxide in place of the baking soda paste.
The safest way to clean granite countertops is to use a granite cleaner which you can purchase. Do not use any acidic cleaners on your granite countertops. Stay away from ammonia, vinegar and lemon based cleaners. These acidic cleaners will eat away the granite surface. Use soft cloth which does not have excess fibres or threads coming off easily. Once clean, make sure to dry the granite surface with another clean cloth.
To clean solid surface countertops, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down. For more dirty or stained areas, try a mild dish soap and water. Towel dry the surface.
Shiny surface countertops can use a liquid mildly abrasive cleaner, while nonshiny (matte) finishes can use baking soda or another mild abrasive cleaner to remove tougher stains.
Do NOT use window cleaner on any Solid Surface countertop.
A little extra effort and attention goes a long way!