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How to Effectively Clean Your Kitchen Countertops

There are dozens of materials you can choose from for your countertops, and every one of these materials will have their advantages and disadvantages as well as cleaning methods. Some materials will be easier to clean than others, and knowing this beforehand can and should influence your decision in some way.

Kitchen countertops are judged based on three important factors: heat resistance, whether or not they can be stained and how easy they are to clean. For kitchens that see plenty of use, an easy-to-clean countertop can be a huge blessing. Here are a few tips on how to clean some of the most common countertop materials.

Wooden Counters

Natural wood kitchen countertops add rich visual interest in any kitchen design. However, compared with any other material, they are perhaps one of the most difficult to maintain. Luckily, keeping them clean is very easy. The best way to wipe wooden surfaces is with a non-abrasive cloth dampened with warm water and distilled white vinegar. Stains can be removed with a slice of lemon and a little bit of salt.

Stone Countertops

Marble and granite countertops are more durable than wood, but they do not react well to acidic cleaners. Instead, you can use warm water and a little bit of dishwashing soap to wipe away dirt and stains from daily use. Remember to always use a gentle cloth to avoid scratching its surface.

Laminate Countertops

Laminate materials are a staple of many kitchen remodeling projects, thanks to their ability to resist staining. Cleanup is also a breeze with a microfiber cloth, warm water and a dash of baking soda. Laminates like formica are strong enough to withstand plenty of abuse, but you should still be careful to avoid cutting into them with knives and other cutlery.

Explore more kitchen countertop options and how to clean them with our professionals at Long Island Wood Renewal, LLC. Give us a call at (631) 414-7082, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Hicksville, Plainview and Huntington as well as all nearby areas in New York.