There are so many different types of countertops. Quartz, granite, and wood, it seem overwhelming to keep track of the best way to clean them all. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard research for you; so now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy our best tips and tricks for cleaning your kitchen countertops.
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Cleaning Quartz Countertops
If you’re lucky enough to have quartz countertops in your home, you’ve got the best of the best! Not only do quartz countertops offer a look of luxury, but they are the hardest, most durable countertop material out there. So now that you know you’ve chosen the best for your kitchen counters, how do you clean them?
Quartz countertops are unique in that they don’t take well to heat or acid. Therefore, any cleaning products that use high heat or are high in acidity, like bleach or undiluted vinegar, should be avoided at all costs. Why? High heat can cause the resin sealant to crack, while acidity can cause permanent discoloration- two unfortunate fates for your gorgeous kitchen counters.
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To avoid this, when cleaning quartz countertops, use a soft non-abrasive material to scrub . A soft cloth or sponge will do the trick. Accompany this with warm soapy water, a glass cleaner, or any product that specifically mentions “safe for quartz.” So as long as you follow those guidelines, your quartz counters should remain dirt and dust free for years to come!
Then, what if you have a tough stain? Experts recommend gently scraping it off with a razor blade or putty knife. Since quartz is so hard, scratching the surface is unlikely, so long as you use the tools wisely.
Cleaning Laminate Countertops
Laminate countertops probably offer the largest range of aesthetic options, out of any other countertop type. Because laminate countertops are made from layered plastic on top of particle board, they are a great affordable option for mimicking the look of quartz, granite, and marble surfaces in your kitchen. But just like the real things, it is still important to clean laminate countertops the correct way so that they maintain their color and design.
To remove everyday dirt and dust, a simple cloth or sponge with warm water and dish soap will do. Simply wipe your counters with the soapy mixture, rinse your sponge, and repeat. Keep doing the process until all the desired grime and soap suds are removed.
For a deeper clean and to give your kitchen laminate counters that “shiny” look, you can create your own DIY cleaning solution. In a spray bottle, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 2 cups of water. Spray down the surface and let it sit on the countertop for a couple of minutes before wiping clean.
Finally, if your laminate countertop gets a tough, set-in stain, another DIY solution can be applied. Make a paste out of baking soda and vinegar, let the paste sit on the stain for 5 or so minutes, and scrub clean with a soft sponge. While this isn’t a recommended solution for the entirety of your countertops, since gritty cleaners can scratch laminate, it’s a simple trick to spot treat those impossible stains.
Concrete countertops have definitely been surging in popularity lately. Whether these are in your home as a result of a self-assigned DIY project, or because you enjoy the custom look and feel, you’ll want to make sure you’re cleaning and maintaining them correctly.
Believe it or not, because concrete is a stone of sorts, many of the same rules that apply to cleaning quartz countertops will apply to concrete. If possible, you will want to know what kind of sealant was used to protect your concrete counters, this way you can select a cleaning agent that best agrees with the protective coating.
How to Clean It ?
In general, though, you won’t want to use anything too acidic on concrete counters. Warm water with a bit of dish detergent and a soft sponge will do the trick. When applying this to the concrete surface, scrub in small even circles, and make sure you rinse the surface thoroughly with plain water once you’re done; leftover soap residue will dry as stains on concrete surfaces.
Another more costly option are Ph-neutral wipes, they might also be sold as, “Stone Counter Wipes.” These are wipes made specifically to clean stone surfaces and are gentle enough for everyday use.
If you happen to have a tough stain on your concrete counters, go ahead and spot treat it. This can be done most successfully with a DIY paste:
- One cup flour
- 1-2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide,
- Warm water added gradually until you have a creamy mixture.
- Place the paste on top of the stain and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. For a really tough stain, you can cover the paste with cling wrap and leave overnight.
- Once it’s time for removal, get a cloth soaked in warm water and gently remove the paste. The stain should come with it!
To keep your concrete countertops well maintained and shiny, it’s also useful to wax them every month or so. Your local hardware store should carry wax made for concrete. It will act as a temporary sealant to make sure that stains, dirt, and grime don’t penetrate the porous concrete surface and become a permanent problem.
Cleaning Wood Countertops
Wooden countertops are the perfect way to give your kitchen that rustic feeling. But what do you do when such a porous surface gets dirty or dusty? Keep reading to find out.
For a quick rinse, a soft sponge saturated with water and dish detergent is our best tip. Rinse when done and be sure to thoroughly dry your wooden counter with a fresh rag.
If you’re hoping for a deeper, more disinfecting clean, go ahead and fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray the entire surface and allow the vinegar to sit for 3 or so minutes. After that, dampen a rag and wipe down the surface- and again, be sure to dry everything off once you’re done.
Finally, if you do have a tough stain on your wooden countertop, the best trick we have for you is to gently scrape it off with a spatula. Although be sure to do this carefully, just barely skim the surface as opposed to gouging at and damaging your precious wooden countertops.
Cleaning Granite Countertops
Granite countertops add a gorgeous look and feel to your kitchen. Even though they are a bit costly, you really can’t put a price on their durability. However, using the wrong cleaning products on your granite counters can take years off. Its lifetime. So keep reading below to make sure you’re cleaning, and not stripping, your granite surfaces.
Just like the other countertop types, the safest option is dampening a soft sponge or rag with a dish soap and warm water mixture. This is the recommended option for everyday cleaning as it won’t strip the sealant that protects your granite countertops.
If you’re looking for a more serious chemical, there are plenty of granite-safe countertop cleansers on the market. However, make sure that the one you purchase is labelled as safe for everyday use, if that’s how you intend to use it. That way you won’t be wearing down your granite countertop sealant day in and day out.
To disinfect your granite countertops, 70% isopropyl alcohol can be sprayed on the surface. Left for 5 or so minutes. And simply wipe the surface down with a dampened cloth afterwards. Your granite countertops will be disinfected safely, with no damage to the granite itself.
We hope you found our one stop countertop cleaning guide helpful! It’s more important now than ever before to make sure the surfaces of your home are clean. And we hope our tips and tricks made it easier for you to do just that.