• Your household countertops are touched by everything, from dirty grocery bags to packages to unwashed hands. As the world becomes more aware of how easily viruses can spread, people are more active in cleaning the surfaces in their homes to protect themselves and their families. To keep everything nice and clean, here is how you should clean countertops in your home. 

    How to Clean Countertops:

    The majority of household countertops are simple and easy to clean. If your countertop is made from marble, granite, Corian, soapstone, or concrete, you can use warm soapy water. Gently wipe your countertops with the soapy water and a microfiber cloth. You will want to wash out the rag with clean water frequently, so you aren’t spreading dirty bubbles. After, quickly buff the counter with a dry microfiber cloth until it is completely dry to get rid of watermarks. Do not use vinegar when cleaning these countertops!

    If you would like a cleaner with a little more strength, consider using an all-purpose cleaner on your countertops. Be advised that some cleaners contain harsh chemicals that could damage your countertops, so check which chemicals can be used with your countertops before trying it out. Some cleaners are specific to a countertop material; those would be your best bet. 

    While this method works for the majority of countertops, it does not work for them all. Here are the exceptions to the rule and how you should go about cleaning them. 

    Laminate and Stainless Steel: 

    You can clean laminate and stainless steel countertops with the same method as the ones above. Be sure that you avoid using scrub brushes or scouring pads, as it might scratch the countertop. If you have a stain, mix baking soda and water to make a paste and let it sit on the stain for five minutes before gently rinsing it off. 

    Quartz:

    For daily cleanings, warm soapy water and a microfiber cloth will do the trick for Quartz. On occasion, you will want to give your quartz countertop an extra shine by using glass cleaner or ammonia. Be careful using ammonia with other household chemicals because it can create a deadly chemical mix. 

    Wood:

    Wood countertops are generally more porous than other countertops, which is why cleaning them frequently is vital for the health of you and your family. When cleaning wood, use a non-abrasive cleaner or create a cleaner using warm water and a little splash of distilled white vinegar. Afterward, make sure to wipe down the counters until they are completely dry. 
    Is your countertop looking dingy, old, or out of date? Would you like to add more style, color, or function to your home? You should consider installing a new countertop! Give your local countertop installation specialist a call today to discuss your options.