If you are looking for countertop care and cleaning tips, then you have landed on the right page! Here are a few tips to use for effective care and cleaning of your countertop surfaces.
Know and understand your type of countertop.
The countertop care and cleaning procedures vary from one countertop type to another. While most countertop surfaces can make do with the basic care principles, some variants require extra precautions when handling them. For example, while vinegar can be used to clean and care for laminate countertop surfaces, it is not an ideal option for marble.
Clean spills as soon as they occur
If left to stay on your countertop surfaces for too long, spills may stain them and steal away from their glorious looks. Whether you have a porous marble countertop surface, a laminate countertop variety, or a stainless countertop surface, the best care and maintenance principle in so far as spills are concerned is immediate cleaning.
Clean your countertop surface regularly
Regular cleaning and care of your countertop surface, preferably daily, is also very important. If the countertop has not been used on a certain day, a simple dry wipe with a soft cloth is good to go, but if your countertops can make do with a more extensive cleaning, a water soaked cloth will do the trick, but you should ideally refer to your manufacturer’s usage manual to ensure appropriate care for your countertop.
You should also rinse your countertop surfaces well with clean water and wipe them completely dry to prevent the build up of blotchy marks. And in case of hard water marks, you should consider using ammonia based cleaner specifically formulated for removal of hard water marks e.g. Lime-A-Way. If your countertop has a glossy or a semi-glossy finish, you may also consider using a polish such as “Countertop Magic” to give it that superb look.
Protect your countertop from heat
Excessive and regular heating of countertop surfaces often results to damages to your precious countertop. To protect your countertop from the effects of heat, you should use a trivet, pad, or a potholder when handling hot pots and pans.
Avoid damaging habits
Any habit that results in mechanical or chemical stress on your countertops can lead to a damaging effect. Among the things to avoid are:
-Chopping on the countertop: You should instead use a chopping board
-Banging or hitting of the countertops with heavy objects such as pans and other home equipment
-Spillages of strong chemicals e.g. paint removers. In the event of an accidental spillage, flush the chemicals off immediately with water.
We hope that these tips will help you and your countertop have a happy and healthy relationship for a long time coming!