Some people worry about whether to use specialist cleaning tools, chemical cleaners or to simply wipe with a damp cloth to best maintain their worktops. The reality is, there is no need to worry. Taking care of a worktop is a simple and rewarding exercise. This simple guide will tell you everything you need to know.
Things to bear in mind:
Make sure your worktop is sealed
Most worktops have to be sealed frequently. Stone counters, such as granite, quartz and marble, will need this at least once a year to stop dirt and bacteria building up. Wood will need monthly varnishes to keep it sealed. Keep up with sealant and fixture maintenance will make cleaning the worktop easy.
Clean up spillages straight away
The quicker you clean up, the better. If you leave dirt or spills on your countertop for too long, they will be much harder to clean up.
Acidic cleaners can react badly with most stone-based countertops. With stone, acid can break the surface seal, opening it up to bacteria and other harmful materials. In this case, cleaning your counter with acid actually makes it dirtier.
Use a microfibre cloth
There are countless benefits of using microfibre cloth. It is less likely to stay contaminated after use; it cleans more effectively than other materials by reaching into gaps; but most importantly it soaks up water better than any other cloth fabric.
You don’t need to disinfect your worktop every time you clean it, but if you feel you really need to, mix water and 91% isopropyl alcohol and spray it on the worktop. Make sure you remove soap residue first!
How to clean your worktops – summary:
- Wet a cloth or towel with warm, soapy water.
- Wipe away any spillages or dirt from the counter.
- Pat the surface dry with a dry cloth or towel.
- Enjoy your squeaky clean worktop!