Tips For Keeping Your Countertops Clean
Tips For Keeping Your Countertops Clean
As a homeowner, one of the biggest investments you make is in your kitchen countertops. Whether you have chosen marble, granite, quartz, or another material, your countertops are likely a prominent feature in your kitchen and a space that gets a lot of use. With all of that use, it’s important to keep your countertops clean and in good condition. Doing so will keep your home looking its best and the value of your home as high as it can be. Here at Marble Granite Connection, we’re experts in all things countertops, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you keep your countertops clean and looking your best. If you’re looking for countertop restoration assistance, we can help!
Wipe Down With a Cloth
First and foremost, it’s important to regularly wipe down your countertops with a damp cloth. This will help to remove any dirt, crumbs, or spills that may have accumulated on the surface. For a more thorough clean, you can use a mild soap or countertop cleaner to remove any tougher stains or stuck-on food. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the cleaner you choose, as some materials may be more sensitive to certain products.
Use a Cutting Board, Not the Countertops
It’s also a good idea to use a cutting board whenever you’re preparing food on your countertops. This will help to protect the surface from scratches and other damage caused by knives and other sharp utensils. If you do happen to scratch your countertops, there are a few things you can try to minimize the appearance of the scratch. For granite or marble countertops, you can try using a polishing compound or a granite repair kit. For quartz countertops, you can try using a resin-based repair kit. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when using any of these products.
Watch Hot Objects
Another way to keep your countertops looking their best is to avoid placing hot pots or pans directly on the surface. While most countertop materials are resistant to heat, it’s still a good idea to use trivets or hot pads to protect your countertops from extreme temperatures. Granite is known for its amazing heat resistance, but if the item is hot enough it could still leave a mark. This will help to prevent any discoloration or warping of the material.
Bacteria on Countertops
One of the biggest culprits when it comes to dirty countertops is bacteria. To help keep your countertops clean and free of bacteria, it’s important to regularly disinfect the surface. This is especially important if you’re preparing raw meat, poultry, or seafood on your countertops. You can use a disinfectant spray or wipes to clean the surface, or you can make your own disinfectant solution by mixing equal parts water and white vinegar. Just be sure to let the solution sit on the countertops for at least a minute before wiping it off to allow it to properly disinfect the surface.
Staining and Sealing
In addition to regular cleaning and disinfecting, it’s also important to protect your countertops from stains. This can be as simple as wiping up spills as soon as they happen, or using coasters or placemats to protect the surface from spills or stains caused by beverages or foods. For tougher stains, such as red wine or coffee, you can try using a poultice or a stain remover specifically designed for your countertop material. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and test the product in a small, inconspicuous area before using it on the entire surface.
It’s also a good idea to have your countertops professionally sealed every few years to help protect them from stains and keep them looking their best. This is especially important for natural stone countertops, such as granite and marble, which are more prone to staining and scratching. A professional sealing treatment can help to fill in any microscopic pores in the surface, making it less susceptible to stains and easier to clean. Marble Granite Connection can help keep your countertops sealed at all times.
Keeping your countertops clean is easy but it’s something that you always need to keep track of and not forget. Forgetting to keep your countertops clean can lead to a number of damages and can lead to a less aesthetically pleasing home. If you need help bringing your countertops back to life, contact us today. Marble Granite Connection has been helping South Florida residents restore and repair their countertops for years.