For homeowners who wish to avoid replacing their kitchen countertops as long as possible while also providing a clean, fresh focal point for the room, learn a few simple techniques for cleaning and maintaining your countertops!
Even if a countertop has stains you’ve never been able to fully remove, they can still be dealt with using up very little of your time. Whether you have solid surface countertops or marble or granite, these quick, easy tips will work just as well for you for years to come.
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Directions for Cleaning and Maintaining Countertops
- One of the easiest ways to protect kitchen countertops is to use preventative measures. Countertops are often damaged by knives or hot appliances, so homeowners can try investing in large cutting boards or thicker pot holders in order to better protect the surface.
- Before using cleaning agents, perform a quick “pre-clean” by dusting or sweeping off any residue or crumbs as a way of ensuring a superior clean.
- Clean your countertop surfaces using a dampened, nonabrasive cloth as well as mild household cleaner or liquid detergent. Afterward, rinse the surfaces using clean water before drying with fresh cotton cloths.
- If any stains remain, make a paste of water and baking soda and apply it onto the area, allowing the paste to pull the stain out. Avoid rubbing the paste, as it’ll be somewhat abrasive. Once a couple of minutes have passed, wipe away the paste and rinse the surface using clean water. It might be necessary to use grout stain for restoring the originating color for any stained tile countertops.
- For removing light scratches on solid surface countertops, try using a scrub sponge. Ideally, your scrub sponge’s material ought to be more abrasive and marginally tougher compared to regular sponges but not so much that you scratch the surface more while using it. Add water and soap, buffing until the scratch has disappeared.
- It’s possible that after some time a homeowner will have to reseal their marble or granite countertops. As a test, drop several drops of water onto your countertop’s surface—if within three or four minutes the water has absorbed into the stone, the countertop might need sealing. For this, get a strippable sealer, as it will better protect the countertop and be much easier to remove. Then, buff the surface until it looks shiny and new.
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