Do you even know the type of countertop you want? The type of countertop you choose might be based on how to clean them properly. It is important for two reasons. 1. Proper care for the type of countertop you want will help help it last longer. 2. There are health reasons you want to clean your countertop correctly.
I will get into the common types of countertops below and how to properly clean them.
Granite is one of most popular countertops installed when designing a new kitchen. It is an affordable material and gives your home a high-end look.
This natural stone is very porous. Liquids can seep in if granite is not properly sealed and cleaned. It takes proper planning and good daily habits to make sure your granite countertop lasts a lifetime.
The first step is properly cleaning. It is best and safest to clean granite often. They say you should wipe it down after every meal preparation. You should avoid common cleaners and abrasives. These are known to breakdown the seal and could cause your top to corrode over time.
Simply use a wet dish cloth with warm soapy water. Dry with a microfiber cloth to avoid streaking. This is great for daily sanitizing. You can also shine and disinfect with a 50:50 water and 90% isopropyl alcohol solution. Spray on your countertop and let sit for a few minutes. Rinse it with water and dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
You don't have to seal your countertops if you are good about cleaning them after each use. But if you are one that doesn't mind a messy kitchen, you should consider sealing them. As I stated earlier granite is a porous natural stone. Spills like wine and greasy foods can cause etching and staining.
If you properly seal your granite countertops, these liquids and grease will bead. The reason most people don't seal is how often. They recommend sealing every 3-6 months. If you get into the daily habit of cleaning, then you won't have to seal.
The great thing about quartz countertops is it one of the hardest minerals on earth. This is the most durable countertop on the market. It is also one of the most expensive. This non-porous stain- and scratch-resistant is a great countertop if you can afford it.
Another awesome thing about quartz countertops is easy cleaning. Simply take a warm, wet cloth and wipe them down. If you want to use a cleaner, you should always ask the retailer who installed it. They will give you an approved list of cleaners.
Another proper name for laminate is the trademark term Formica . Laminate is a mix of plastic, paper and board. It is also a non porous material. You can get bacteria trapped in the seams. If is one of the most affordable countertop solutions on the market.
You can use a mild soap and water to keep laminate clean. Unlike quartz, laminate can stain. If you do have a stain on your countertop, Formica recommends the following steps:
Apply cleaner and allow it to draw out the stain.
Clean using a rotation motion. If a cotton or sponge doesn't work, try using a nylon-bristle brush or plastic scrubbing pad. Do not sure steel wool.
Rinse with water and dry. Remove all the cleanser from the surface.
I love Wood countertops and think they look great in a kitchen. The main reason I won't get them is the amount of care. You have to immediately wash them after use especially bacteria boring foods like chicken. You also need to avoid contact with vinegar. The acid could dissolve the glue holding it together.
The industry recommends you wash and oil Wood countertops once a month. You need to make sure you use a mineral oil that is food safe and won't turn rancid.
Marble is a beautiful countertop, but it is also very porous. Simple acid spill can etch the marble leaving a dull scar. One spill from a common products like wine, tomato juice and vinegar can ruin them for life. Even milk can cause etching.
The best cleaning method for marble is to clean up spills immediately. Never use beach, Windex or vinegar as a cleaning agent. Don't use any abrasive cleaners or pads. Marble scratches easily. Just use mild soap and hot water with a soft cloth.
Glass in another beautiful kitchen countertop. It sparkles and shines and it's tough! Keeping glass clean is as simple a damp rag. It will remove most stains. Household cleaners such as a mix of baking soda and vinegar are strong enough to remove most stains.
Glass can scratch so I don't recommend you use a hard, abrasive cleaner, brush or pad.
Now you can see why cleaning must be on your checklist when purchasing countertops for your new kitchen remodel.