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Your kitchen countertop is one of the most used surfaces in your house. Whether you like to cook your meals fresh or regularly order a take-out, you are still likely to use your kitchen countertops a lot in a day. You brew your coffee there, perhaps read the newspapers while you eat your breakfast, unpack your groceries, do the washing up, and much more.
Kitchen countertops require a lot of cleaning to maintain hygiene and tidy home, and sometimes, just brushing away the crumbs is not enough.
This article will look at the best ways you can clean your kitchen countertop for that long-lasting freshness.
Use the right cleaner
First, it is important to understand what kind of surface you are cleaning and match it with the correct cleaner. As small as this task may seem, using the wrong cleaner could cause your kitchen worktop harm, as well as not be an efficient cleaner to use. If you have a natural stone countertop, then you want to use alkaline-based cleaners. If you have a manmade material as your countertop, for example, porcelain or ceramic tiles, you will need acid-based cleaners. Acid-based cleaners are pretty common and are harmful if used on the wrong surface.
The best cleaning solution is a natural stone countertop cleaner that is ideal for stone, granite, marble, and many more surfaces. It can be used every day, between meals, to wipe down the surfaces and keep them clean. They can also be used as a deep cleaning solution when it is time for your spring clean! Natural stone cleaners are a safe solution that can make your countertops nice and shiny while removing the dreaded grease, stains, watermarks, and grime. A natural solution is not harmful to your family or damage to your surfaces, and it does not leave any residue or streaks behind.
For the best shine, make sure you leave the solution to soak for a short while, then wipe away to reveal the sparkle.
For the tougher stains, use a larger amount of solution and take a little more time to buff it into the kitchen countertop. It is common for harder surfaces, such as concrete and terrazzo, to soak up more fluids as they are permeable. This can cause some unpleasant staining and discolouration of surfaces. While there are many ways to remove the discolouration, an acetone solution is one of the most common and effective as it is a stone-safe compound.
Seal your countertops
If you have a porous kitchen worktop, it is recommended that you prep, grind and polish your countertops, then seal the stone once or twice per year. The lighter the stone, the more often you may need to do this. If your stone is made from marble, limestone, or granite, sealing is necessary to help deter those dreaded stains and keep your kitchen countertops looking pristine. If you have a quartz countertop, you do not need to seal it as it is a nonporous surface that is resistant to stains and mould. Sealing enables your worktops to stay cleaner for longer, as well as make the cleaning process a lot easier and more efficient.
There are many ways to clean your kitchen countertops, but the best way to clean and maintain your surfaces is to match the cleaner to the surface, use a natural-based solution and take preventative action.