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Cleaning Tips for Various Types of Countertops

Keeping kitchen countertops clean is essential for maintaining hygiene, health, and safety, particularly in food service establishments like restaurants and cafes. Different countertop materials require specific cleaning techniques to ensure they are effectively cleaned, last longer, and maintain their attractive appearance.

Stone Countertops (Marble, Granite, Quartz)

Stone countertops, including marble, granite, and quartz, are prized for their durability and the luxurious touch they add to any space. Each type, however, needs specific care:

  • Marble: Acidic cleansers should not be used on marble surfaces due to the interaction between calcium carbonate, marble’s fundamental component, and acid. Marble is extremely porous and susceptible to discolouration. To avoid stains, use gentle cleansers and soft towels, and immediately wipe up any spills.
  • Quartz: 1. Quartz, like marble, should not come into contact with acidic substances during cleaning. While quartz can withstand heat, it is important to avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures in order to maintain its structural integrity and prevent any potential discolouration.
  • Granite: For daily cleaning, a mix of mild dish soap and warm water is effective. To tackle tougher stains or to disinfect, opt for rubbing alcohol instead of bleach to keep the finish shiny and unmarred.

Tile

Tile countertops can be cleaned much like bathroom tiles. Use a preferred detergent and suitable bleach for general cleaning. For deep cleaning, especially the grout, allow the cleaner to sit longer to loosen dirt and grime. It’s advisable to reseal the grout every couple of years to prevent staining and bacterial growth.

Wood or Butcher Block

Wood countertops require gentle care to avoid damage. Clean with a non-abrasive solution; a homemade mix of warm water and distilled white vinegar works well. It’s important to dry the surface thoroughly after cleaning. To protect the wood, seal it regularly with food-grade oil or wax. If scratched, sand the area lightly and reapply sealant.

Laminate or Formica

Laminate countertops are versatile but avoid excessive water as it can cause swelling at the seams. After cleaning, ensure the surface is thoroughly dried. Use only non-abrasive, non-acidic cleaners to keep the countertops looking new without damaging the finish.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel countertops are robust and easy to maintain. Clean with soap and water, using a sponge to apply the soap and a soft towel to dry, following the grain to prevent scratches. For persistent stains, a paste of dish soap and baking soda applied gently can be effective.

Concrete

Sealed concrete countertops are tough and resistant to staining. They can be maintained with hot water and dish detergent, using a sponge for cleaning and a soft cloth for drying. For disinfecting, a solution of rubbing alcohol and water is preferred over bleach.

Professional Cleaning Insights

For thorough and specialised care, particularly in commercial settings, professional cleaning services can provide comprehensive maintenance. Scott Swift Limited offers specialised cleaning services designed to address the unique requirements of various kitchen spaces, ensuring that both the safety and visual appeal of your kitchen area are maintained.