How to Clean Kitchen Countertops

Cleaning kitchen countertops is essential to maintain its appearance and function. Homeowners must know how to clean their kitchen countertops to make sure that they don’t have to replace it after a few years. The manner of cleaning depends on the kitchen countertop material used.

Cleaning a Wood Kitchen Countertop

Wood kitchen countertops are easy to clean as long as the dirt and grime are not sitting on the countertop for too long. With a homemade concoction of warm water and distilled white vinegar, homeowners can keep their wood countertops in tip-top shape. For tough to remove food debris, a spatula can do the trick. Remember to wipe the counters dry after cleaning.

For stains, directly dab salt onto the stain and rub it using half a lemon. Make sure to finish it off by wiping it off with water and the distilled vinegar.

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Cleaning a Marble and Granite Kitchen Countertop

One of the main reasons why marble and granite kitchen countertops are widely used is because it is low-maintenance. They can be quickly cleaned with a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid and a microfiber towel. Homeowners must remember, however, not to use acidic cleaners, as it can strip off the sealant and cause etching on the stone.

For oil-based stains, they can use a baking soda paste. For water-based stains, they can use hydrogen peroxide. To do this, they must apply the paste or peroxide onto the stain and cover it with plastic and let it sit for at least 24 hours before rinsing off the paste. If the stain persists, repeat the process. Remember to do a spot test in a conspicuous area to ensure the mixture won’t cause discoloration.

Cleaning Laminate Kitchen Countertops

Laminate kitchen countertops can be cleaned with a damp cloth and a mild household cleaner. Never use acidic or alkaline products and rough scouring pads or steel wools. For removing tough stains, prepare a mixture of baking soda paste. Apply the mixture onto the stain for five minutes before wiping it off with a soft rug. Don’t scrub as baking soda paste can be a little abrasive.

Cleaning Quartz or Engineered Kitchen Countertops

Like any stone-based countertops, quartz or engineered kitchen countertops are best cleaned with mild soap and water. Since these kitchen countertop materials can resist most stains, stain removal is never an issue. However, if one can encounter a highly persistent stain, they can try using a glass cleaner and a sponge to clean it off.

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