Cleaning Different Types of Countertops the Right Way

by Super User
in Blog
on 08 March 2016
Small Kitcchen

Blog Highlights:

  • One needs to use different cleaning methods for different countertops
  • The water droplet test can help determine whether your granite or marble countertop needs resealing
  • Stains on granite countertops can be removed using a homemade baking soda paste
  • Marble can look elegant but it can easily have water stains or streaks
  • Some countertops do not require resealing
  • Damages on Butcher block countertops can be remedied by sanding
  • Stainless steel countertops are resistant to stains, but can be easily marked by rusty metal objects

Whether you have marble, granite or a wooden countertop, cleaning them effectively is important for your family’s safety and for preserving its beauty.

 

Cleaning methods must vary for different types of countertops. This is simply because these methods must be able to clean each material properly without damaging them.

By knowing how to clean, seal and protect different countertops, you can easily help them look better and last longer.

Here’s how you can keep your kitchen and bathroom surfaces looking brand new!

Granite

Granite countertops can be easily cleaned with the help of warm soapy water. You can wipe it thoroughly with a non-abrasive cleaner.

Stains on granite countertops can easily be removed by using baking soda paste. You can apply it directly on the stain, cover it with plastic wrap overnight, and then rinse it with warm water and a soft cloth the next day.

Using the water droplet test is needed in order to determine whether your countertop needs resealing. If the droplet spreads on the surface, you can use a granite resealing product.

Marble

Marble countertops can look elegant, but one needs to be very careful when it comes to cleaning it. You need to use a damp cloth in cleaning it and you need to dry it with a clean cloth afterwards in order to avoid getting water stains and streaks.

Marble countertops will not easily stain, however, acidic liquids and beverages can easily etch it. Any spills must be wiped right away, as any etching on the marble will require professional help.

The water droplet test can also be used for determining whether your countertop needs resealing. If it does, you can use a product specifically formulated for marble.

Laminate

Cleaning laminates require warm soapy water, a non-abrasive cleaner, as well as a mild bleach solution. You can clean the surfaces thoroughly, but you need to test small areas first with the bleach solution in order to avoid damage or discoloration.

Stains can be removed with the help of a baking soda paste. Grease on the other hand, can be removed with the help of a kitchen cleanser or vinegar solution.

Laminate countertops do not require sealing.

Tile

Tile countertops can be cleaned with the right cleanser. Avoid using soap to clean them and use vinegar solution to remove soap residue.

Remove stains on the tiles or on the grout by brushing the area with a toothbrush. Use a mildew-fighting formula or a diluted bleach solution.

Glazed ceramic does not require sealing. But unglazed ceramics require re-caulking and an application of a silicone-based sealer at least once a year.

Glass

Spraying glass cleaners onto a soft cloth or sponge can help you thoroughly clean glass countertops. Never use rough cleansers and cleaners so you can avoid scratching the glass surface.

Glass does not stain, but it can easily accumulate grease and grime. You can remove them easily by using hot water and detergent.

Glass does not need resealing.

Butcher Block

This type of countertops requires wood cleaners. Avoid spraying the cleaner directly onto the surface of the countertop. Spray it on a sponge and clean the surface thoroughly. Use only soft cloths and sponges during cleaning.

Removing stains on butcher block countertops require a teaspoon of vinegar dissolved in a quarter cup of water.  Burns, cuts and scratches on your counter can be removed through sanding.

Seal the countertop with mineral or tung oil at least once a month. Remove any excess oil to avoid attracting dirt.

Stainless Steel

You can use stainless steel cleaners, soap or water in cleaning this type of countertops. Wipe dry the surfaces after cleaning so you can prevent water stains from forming.

Stainless steel does not stain, but it can be easily marked by other rusty metal objects. You can remove rust marks with the help of a baking soda paste, lemon juice, as well as a mild abrasive cleaner.

Stainless steel does not require resealing.

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