Always keep in mind that your bathroom and kitchen countertops are a focal point in their respective rooms.
They are also heavily used.
Therefore, you must take the proper steps to make sure your countertops are cleaned and maintained correctly for beauty and durability.
For starters you need to deploy “Preventative Care.”
Use cutting boards for chopping and cutting. Also cover your countertops with think pot holders when setting down hot pots, pans, or serving trays.
Next you need to “Pre-clean”
Prior to cleaning, make sure to dust the countertop. You also need to make sure to sweep off crumbs or residue.
Next you “Clean the Surface.”
Wipe down the countertop with a damp, non-abrasive cloth and a very mild household cleaner or detergent.
Then rinse the countertop off with water and dry the surface with a fresh cotton cloth.
Next, “Eradicate the Stubborn Leftover Stains.”
Sometimes you’ll find that some stains are pesky and just need extra attention.
If this happens apply a smidgen of baking soda and water to the area. Let it set for a minute or so.
That way the formed paste can pull out the stain. NEVER rub the paste in, as it’s somewhat abrasive. After a few minutes, wipe away the paste and rinse with clean water.
If the stain is in the grout — it may require re-groutng.
Next, you may need to “Scrub Out Scratches.”
Be careful here!
Use a scrub sponge to remove light scratches on solid surface countertops. The sponge should be slightly tougher and more abrasive than a regular sponge — but not enough to cause scratches. Add soap and water and buff until the scratch disappears.
Next, you may need to “Reseal Granite or Marble Countertops.”
In time, you’ll likely need to reseal. If you place some drops of water on the countertop and they absorb in the tile within a few minutes, you likely need to reseal.
Choose a strippable sealer. Buff it in until you have a nice shiny surface.
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