How to Clean Your Kitchen Countertops

Published
June 4, 2020

A clean and dirt-free kitchen is a reflection of a well-maintained space. But among the many parts that make up the area, the countertop still remains one of the easiest places for dirt and stain to appear. So how to clean kitchen countertops? In this article, we’ll be showing you the many ways to tidy up your own — from removing pesky stains to helpful cleaning tips that can make the whole process faster.

How to Clean Wood Countertops

Cleaning Materials

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Spatula
  • Pastry scraper
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Microfiber cloth

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

  1. To clean wood countertops, use a non-abrasive cleaning solution or a mixture of warm water and distilled white vinegar. 
  2. Remove food marks and residue using a spatula or a metal pastry scraper.
  3. To remove stains, sprinkle salt directly onto the affected surface. Afterwards, get a cut lemon and begin rubbing it directly into the salt and surface. 
  4. Clean the whole thing with water and vinegar once done.
  5. Allow everything to dry before placing back items on the area again.

How to Clean Marble and Granite Countertops

Cleaning Materials

  • Water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Plastic wrap
  • Baking soda
  • Tape

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

  1. Clean the surface by using a mixture of warm water and dishwashing soap. Make sure to refrain from using abrasive chemical cleaners to avoid damaging the stone’s appearance.
  2. Using a clean microfiber cloth, wipe the surface until you start seeing its original shine.
  3. To remove oil-based stains, get a baking soda paste and mix it with water. If you’re treating water-based stains, use a hydrogen peroxide solution. Apply either of the cleaning solution to the stained area and cover the whole thing with a plastic wrap. Let everything sit for a few days and then rub and rinse completely.

How to Clean Laminate Countertops

Cleaning Materials

  • Gentle household cleaner
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Baking soda powder

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

  1. Clean the surface from dirt and spills using a clean cotton cloth and mixture of non-chemical liquid detergent and water.
  2. To remove stains, create a paste by mixing baking soda powder and water. Apply the paste directly to the stain and let it sit for around five minutes.
  3. Rinse off the surface using a soft cloth and wash it off with water.
  4. Let the entire countertop dry altogether before placing back items and appliances on the surface.

How to Clean Quartz or Engineered Countertops

Cleaning Materials

  • Water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Non-abrasive glass cleaner
  • Soft sponge
  • Microfiber cloths

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

  1. If you’re cleaning a quartz or engineered countertops, get a mild dishwashing soap and mix it with water. Gently wash off the surface until the dirt is completely removed.
  2. When removing stains, make sure to use a non-abrasive glass cleaner with a soft sponge or microfiber cloth. Dip the sponge or the cloth into the non-abrasive solution and apply it directly on the stained area.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Countertops

Cleaning Materials

  • Water
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Baking soda
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Stainless steel polish
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Lemon oil

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

  1. Clean the surface by wiping it down with a microfiber cloth dipped in soap and water. This makes for an easy cleaning experience without scratching or damaging the steel surface.
  2. To remove stains, get a baking soda powder and mix it with dishwashing soap. Apply the mixture to a microfiber cloth and gently rub it in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse everything with warm water and let it dry completely.

How to Clean Soapstone Countertops

Cleaning Materials

  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Sandpaper
  • Mineral oil
  • Water

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

  1. Soapstone countertops can be cleaned by using an all-around multipurpose home cleaner. Just apply it to a microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion to restore the surface’s original shine.
  2. To remove stains, simply add more drops of multipurpose cleaner onto the cloth and scrub the affected area.
  3. After removing the stains, use a sandpaper to scrape away any additional formations.
  4. Apply mineral oil on the surface to avoid scratches and damage.

Keeping Your Kitchen Area Clean

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