01 Nov Cleaning Your Countertops

Nothing feels nicer than a clean home. It’s nice to look at, it makes you feel more comfortable about having guests over, and best of all, a clean home is good for your health. The kitchen and bathroom are no exceptions to this rule; in fact, with all of the water, food prep and self-care that take place in these two zones, the kitchen and bathroom might be the most important spots to clean in the whole house. Both of these areas will have countertops that you’ll want looking as pristine as possible; depending on the material, your cleaning habits should change a bit.

Laminate Countertops

When it comes to laminate, you want to avoid damaging the countertop; it can be almost impossible to repair when damage is sustained, and the weakness in the countertop tends to spread. To clean it, use a cloth, water, and dish soap and gently wash and dry. Be sure to dry it quite thoroughly, as water underneath laminate can cause the material to lift and curl, especially if accumulates in the seams. To get rid of stains, let a three to one mixture of baking soda and water sit on the affected area for 3-5 minutes; do not rub it in, as it may ruin the laminate.

Granite Countertops

Granite is a beautiful stone that requires little care; it is, however, important to be careful with your cleaning products to maintain it’s incredible look. For regular cleaning, a microfiber cloth should do, for the most part, easily lifting dust; you won’t even need water. If there’s a spill, a bit of water will do nicely to take care of it; you don’t need dish soap or any other cleaning product. You’ll want to use a stone cleaner formulated for granite countertops weekly to maintain its luster. Do not use abrasive chemicals or surfaces on granite, because they can scratch and pit the surface.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is an incredible material; the beauty of natural stone with the durability of a manufactured one; you can even get custom designed Cambria countertops made of quartz. One of the many joys of quartz is how easy it is to clean; for the most part, a microfiber cloth, some water and a bit of dish soap is all you need. While quartz is resistant to spills, you should still mop up any liquids that fall on your countertops sooner rather than later. For heavier stains, glass or surface cleaners will do the trick; because quartz is non-porous, you don’t have to be as finicky with the pH as you would with granite. That said, avoid very high or low pH substances for cleaning; while quartz is resistant to the elements, it’s not immune to turpentine

No matter what kind of countertop you have, being diligent about cleaning it will help you live a better life. It will reduce surface contaminants like germs, and it’ll leave your house looking nicer than ever.

 

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