Sometimes you can refinish them for a lower price using an epoxy finish, laminate, or paint/sealant – but not every often.
Know what material your countertop is and what solutions will work best. From butcher block wood to ceramic tile, a cleaning solution that works on one may not work on another.
Here are a few tips for your specific kitchen countertop:
One of the biggest issues with ceramic tiles is the grout. While day-to-day maintenance will help with aesthetics, most of the bacteria and staining is in the grout. Using grout cleaner two to three times per year for a deep clean will help keep your countertops in the best shape.
While most cleaning solutions will work on glass, be sure to not use a scouring pad or any other rough cleaning tools. This can cause scratches in the glass surface.
Laminate countertops also can’t withstand rough cleaning tools. A simple rag with soap and water will do the trick. Always wipe up spills as soon as they happen on laminate countertops, as they are more likely to stain this surface.
Stone countertops can be sensitive to staining based on how absorbent they are. Natural stone countertops should be sealed regularly depending on the stone to prevent stains. Additionally, never use citrus cleaners on natural stone.
Engineered stone, or quartz countertops are the easiest to clean and keep stain-free. Spills wipe up easily with a damp cloth and cleaner.
It’s difficult to keep stainless from streaking. To get a streak-free shine, regularly buff with an olive or mineral oil to maintain a beautiful shine.
Wood countertops are a must in the chef’s dream kitchen. This type of countertop can’t handle water-based cleaners like other materials. A wood cleaner is needed to keep wood countertops in great shape.
All countertops need to be cared for regularly to maintain their functionality, look, and cleanliness. Create a schedule you and your family can stick to. Do a deep clean once a month and set reminders for when your counter may need to be resealed.
Consider natural cleaning solutions as opposed to commercial products. This is especially important in an area where food is prepared. Natural cleaning solutions often can be made from ingredients in your home. While baking soda, vinegar and essential oils are what many go to when it comes to natural cleaning products, always check to see if your countertop material can handle those combinations.
Spills are going to happen. The key is to ensure all spills are cleaned up quickly. The longer a spill sits, the more likely it can stain your countertop. Keep a damp cloth nearby to pick up spills quickly as they happen and wipe down the surface area when you’re done preparing food.
A clean kitchen countertop can make for a happier and healthier space. Develop a countertop cleaning routine to keep your countertops looking good as new.
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