When it comes to getting your countertops clean, there is not one method that fits them all. Marble, granite, and quartz, all have their own maintenance needs. Countertops collect all sorts of bacteria and dirt, so it is important to know how to clean them well. Here are some tips on the top recommended cleaning and sealing techniques for some of the most popular countertop materials.
Marble and Granite
Using a mix of warm water and dish soap with a soft microfiber cloth is great for everyday cleaning. This will help clean and shine the stone and get rid of any buildup that has accumulated while you’ve been using the countertops. It’s important to avoid any cleaners that are acidic, which could etch the stone or strip sealers. If there are any stains, applying a simple paste of water and baking soda overnight can help remove the stain. However, it’s always important to do a spot test to ensure that it won’t discolor the stone’s finish.
Granite should be resealed once a year and marble should be resealed every few months in order to prevent cracks, stains, or other crumbling. There are a variety of different sealers out on the market today but some of the top ones are MB Stone Sealer, Weiman Granite Cleaner and Polish, or TriNova’s Granite Sealer & Protectant. Check your local home improvement stores for options.
Laminate or Formica counters are very popular and can be cleaned with a damp cloth and a mild household cleaner. Do not use harsh products with acid and avoid steel wool or other scouring pads that could scratch the surface. These countertops are very durable and do not need to be sealed.
These beautiful countertops are crafted from resin-bound quartz crystals and can be easily cleaned with dish soap and water. They are usually resistant to stains, but if you do have one, you can use glass cleaner and a soft sponge to try to remove it. They do not need to be sealed.
This is naturally non-porous stone that makes it stain and scratch resistant. It can be cleaned and disinfected with a mild multipurpose cleaner. Soapstone doesn’t need to be sealed but be aware that its appearance will change over time. By applying mineral oil, it can make the stone look darker, but if you don’t, it will naturally discolor over time.
Cleaning and taking care of the countertop materials in your home will increase their lifespan and enhance their natural beauty. If you want a professional live-in or live-out housekeeper to stay on top of countertop cleaning and maintenance, contact us today to ask about our qualified and experienced individuals that are looking for their next housekeeping job. We look forward to finding the perfect match for your home.