Tips and Tricks for Making Your Countertops Last
Like most people, you care about getting the most out of your investments. One such investment is your kitchen countertop. Whether you have a basic, more inexpensive countertop or a top-of-the-line granite slab countertop, you've invested in it and want it to last. We have some tips and tricks for you to employ.
All Countertop Materials
Prevent scratching/etching- Use damp microfiber cleaning cloths and a spray of one teaspoon mild dish detergent mixed with four cups water, using a baking soda paste for lifting tough stains. Also, clean spills immediately as suggested above, because many countertops are susceptible to damage from oil spills, acidic juices from foods, and harsh, abrasive cleansers.
Prevent heat damage- Don't set pans from the stove burner directly onto countertops, as it can disfigure some and crack others: set pans, even slow-cookers on trivets to allow air-flow underneath.
Prevent Knife Damage- Don't slice/chop food directly on the countertop. Use cutting boards.
Prevent 'Ignorance' Damage- Learn the best maintenance method for your type of countertop. If you need to sanitize or do a deeper cleaning, knowing what type of countertop you have is vital to maintaining it without doing damage.
Especially if you have chosen a shiny finish instead of matte for your solid surface countertop, steer clear of abrasive cleansers. Use mild soap, microfiber cloths, and baking soda for tough spots. Then, rinse with a clean cloth.
Slate countertops can crack, due to brittleness. They can stain from cooking oil spills and are easily damaged by abrasive cleansers. The best way to maintain slate countertops is to keep them dusted and use a pH-neutral stone cleaner when needed.
Laminate countertops are susceptible to water damage. Just like with solid surface, mild dish detergent and microfiber cloths will do the job, using baking soda for tough stains. Just be careful not to let water seep into the seams of laminate, as it will swell up and buckle.
No matter which type of stone countertops you choose, it is imperative that you learn proper maintenance techniques to prevent damage and keep them looking new.
Have them sealed regularly- Stone countertops require a sealant and will need to be sealed on a regular basis, based on their type, quality, color, and use. While lighter colors should be sealed every one to three years, darker colors can go three to five years between treatments.
Don't sit/stand on them- Stone countertops can crack from too much weight.
- Heed these tips and tricks for cleaning each type of stone countertops.
- Read the manufacturer's instructions!
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