How To Clean Your Countertops

 In Blog, Kitchen maintenance in Guelph

Whether you have quartz, granite, or wood countertops, keeping them clean and well-maintained is essential to ensuring that they’ll last for years.

Let’s take a look at the most common types of countertops and how to clean them to keep them looking their best.

Quartz Countertops

Kitchen with an island and quartz countertops

Quartz countertops are a popular choice for homeowners because they are durable and come in a variety of colours and patterns. They are made from ground quartz, resins, and pigments and are available in different price ranges. Higher-end quartz has more quartz in it, which makes it more expensive but also better quality.

How To Clean Quartz Countertops

To clean your quartz countertop, we recommend using Bar Keepers Friend cleaner with a soft cloth. This will keep the surface looking clean and shiny.

Pro Tips: If you spill anything on your quartz countertop, wipe it up immediately to prevent staining. Avoid using abrasive sponges or cleaners that can scratch the surface. 

Granite Countertops

Grey granite countertop in a kitchen

Granite countertops are made from a natural stone mined from quarries. They are durable and come in a variety of colours and patterns, making them another popular choice for homeowners. When purchasing a granite countertop, you will find that it typically comes with a 10-year sealer to protect it from stains and other damage. This means that your granite countertop will still need regular cleaning but, with proper care, won’t need to be resealed for 10 years.

How To Clean Granite Countertops

To clean your granite countertop, use a mild soap and water solution. Similarly to quartz, avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the surface of the granite.

White granite is more porous than dark granite and can stain more easily, so be sure to wipe up spills immediately.

Pro Tip: Avoid dropping or leaving heavy or rough objects on the countertop, as this can cause cracking or damage.

Wood Countertops

Wood countertop in a kitchen

Wood countertops are a beautiful addition to any kitchen, adding warmth and character to the space. They require a food-safe finish, such as a wax or oil top, and it should be continually reapplied to protect the wood from water damage, and from drying out and cracking.

How To Clean Wood Countertops

To clean your wood countertop, clean up minor spills or messes with mild soap and water. Be careful not to let water sit on the surface for too long, especially near the sink, as wood is porous and will absorb water, which can cause it to warp or crack.

As mentioned above, protect your wood countertops by regularly reapplying a food-safe finish, and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges that can damage the surface.

Keeping your countertops clean and well-maintained is essential to ensure they will last for years to come. By following these simple tips for cleaning your quartz, granite, and wood countertops, you can keep them looking their best.

When planning your kitchen renovation, our team can help you decide which countertop will be the most practical for your space, while still providing a beautiful finish that complements your style. Want to get started on designing your renovation? Let’s chat!

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