Countertops are a focal point in your kitchen so you want to be sure that you clean your kitchen counertops the right way. Not only do you want them to keep looking like they did the day they were installed, but you want them to remain bacteria free in order to keep your family safe. The key is to know the type of countertops you have as the cleaning methods vary depending on countertop type.
Solid surface countertops are available in both glossy and semigloss finishes. For glossy surfaces, clean your kitchen counertops with soapy water and an ammonia-based cleaner, but avoid cleaners that leave residue behind. Scrub them with an abrsive cleaner like Comet or Ajax using a sponge. It will take five or six rinses to remove the residue but the countertops will retain their gloss. If the countertop is semigloss, clean more often with the abrasive cleaner.
Avoid staining by wiping ceramic tiles down after each use. Use a prepared tile cleaner and start with the grout as it is normally the part that gets the dirtiest. You can also use a mild bleach solution to clean grout. If the grout is stained, allow the cleaner to sit on the stain for ten minutes, then use a toothbrush or small scrub brush. Start at one corner and work your way across, being careful not to use the brush on the tile as it could scratch. Let the grout air dry and then seal with a commercial grout sealer. If you have glazed ceramic tile countertops, you do not need to seal them, but unglazed countertops should be sealed in order to protect it.
Laminate is one of the most common types of countertops used in homes. Clean the surface with mild detergent mixed in a bowl of water, wiping down with a clean cloth. Rinse with another cloth to dry. Don’t let water flood laminate as it can cause the counter to swell. Avoid over-the-counter cleaners that may leave a residue. You can also paint laminate countertops using specially formulated paint if they are unable to be cleaned.
Although laminate is still one of the most popular countertops, natural stone is growing in popularity. Use mild soap and water to clean natural stone. It is possible for stone to lose its shine over time. There are commercial polishes available that can be applied and buffed to a shine. Dish soap can build up on stone counters which can be removed using commercial granite cleaners.
Because they are highly heat resistant, wood or butcher block countertops are often used in kitchens. However, they are susceptible to absorbing liquids and dirt. Be sure to wash them immediately after use with a damp sponge and non-toxic cleaners. Remove stains with a fresh lemon. Remove residue using 120 grit sandpaper until the wood is smooth and drizzle food-grade mineral oil onto the counters and rub in well. Allow the oil to soak in for 20-25 minutes and then wipe clean.
To keep your family safe from bacteria, it is critical to clean your kitchen counertops the right way. If you need assistance understanding what type of countertop you have, contact our knowledgeable staff online or by phone.