It is important to know how to clean your own numbers, since the same method does not work for all the same. Find out how to clean countertops and keep them in top condition.
Walk into any kitchen showroom and you’ll see an astounding number of countertop options. Marble, Granite, Quartz, Porcelain… each has its selling points—and its own cleaning and maintenance needs. That is why it is essential to educate yourself on the type of product you want before you buy. Your counter material should be in service of your design, but it should also be practical. To keep any surface looking good, you need to make sure you take the proper precautions and avoid scratching or exposure to intense heat.
Beyond buying a proper cutting board and steering clear of direct surface-to-heat contact, heed these expert tips on how to clean countertops based on the material you have in your kitchen.
How to Clean Marble and Granite Countertops
Using a mix of warm water and mild dish soap for everyday cleaning, following up with a microfiber towel to shine up the stone. Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners, which can strip the sealer and etch the stone.
For stains on granite or marble countertops, clean with a paste of baking soda and water (for oil-based stains) or hydrogen peroxide (for water-based stains). Apply the paste to the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges. Let sit for a few days (or overnight at the very least), and then rinse off the paste. Repeat the process if the stain isn’t completely gone. Be sure to do a spot test first to make sure the method won’t affect the color or finish of the stone.
These surfaces are popular for their tough-as-rocks durability, but they do need to be resealed regularly to protect them from stains. Reseal granite once a year and marble every few months.