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The Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning Counters

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Did you know that cleaning chemicals can damage certain countertops? This guide provides cleaning and care tips for common kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

GRANITE COUNTERTOPS

Clean and dust granite countertops using a dry microfiber cloth.

Spills can be wiped down using water only. 

Once a week, wipe your granite countertop with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH. 

Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners.  These types of cleaners can scratch, pit or etch the surface of the stone permanently.

For oily stains that have soaked into the granite, try a paste made of a cup of flour or baking soda and 5 tablespoons of dish soap.  Add water to make it the consistency of sour cream or yogurt.  Apply paste on stain and cover with a plastic wrap overnight before washing away the paste.  Be sure to gently rise the countertops and dry thoroughly.

 

LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS

Clean laminate countertops using a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent.  Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry.

Difficult stains such as coffee or tea can be removed using a mild household cleaner/detergent and a soft bristled brush, repeating as necessary.

Most stains can be removed using a paste of baking soda and water and applying with a soft bristled brush.  Light scrubbing for 10 to 20 strokes should remove most stains.  Excessively scrubbing or exerting too much force could damage the surface.

Stubborn stains may require the use of undiluted household bleach.  Apply bleach and let stand no longer than two minutes.  Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry.

 

QUARTZ  COUNTERTOPS

Clean quartz countertops using a soft cloth and warm water. Use a mild soap if desired. 

Spills that harden should be removed by gently scraping away the residue material with a blunt plastic scraper.  The quartz surface should be cleaned with a household vinegar/water solution or with a non-abrasive liquid household cleaner and rinsed thoroughly with water.

Quartz countertops are non-porous, so spills and stains are not absorbed into the surface, making it stain-resistant. 

Stains caused by permanent markers/inks and some chemicals may cause permanent discoloration to the surface.  Should these agents come into contact with the surface, wipe up immediately and rinse with plenty of water.

 

 

CERAMIC STOVETOPS

Clean ceramic stovetops using a damp paper towel or sponge and warm water.

Light stains should be wiped down with a cleaner and cleaning pad.

Spills that harden should be removed by gently scraping away the residue material while stovetop is still warm.

Heavy spills, dark streaks, specks, discoloration and burned-on soil should be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner and cleaning pad as soon as stovetop has cooled down.

Metal marks from aluminum and copper and tiny scratches and abrasions should be removed by using a cleaner and cleaning pads and rubbing the surface until the residue disappears.  The marks will not totally disappear but after many cleanings they will become less noticeable.