There’s nothing more exciting that a new countertop and how it transforms the entire look and feel of your kitchen. Even better, though, is when you know how to maintain your countertops so they stay looking as stunning as they did when first installed. Here’s how.
The Different Types of Countertops Available at Classique Floors + Tile and How to Maintain Them
When you visit Classique Floors + Tile, you will find many different types of countertop materials to choose from. More specifically, we offer:
- Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
For each surface, we recommend the following cleaning and maintenance methods.
Cleaning and Maintaining Granite Countertops
First, use a microfiber cloth to dust off your granite countertop and then wipe it down as needed with water.
On a weekly basis, wipe the granite down with a soft damp cloth and a neutral pH-formulated stone cleaner.
Never use harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners including acid or vinegar-based cleaning products. Also avoid scrub pads. All of these can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone.
If you have oily stains, create a poultice with a cup of flour or baking soda and 5 tablespoons of dish soap. Add water and make it the consistency of sour cream or yogurt. Place the solution directly on the stain and cover it with plastic wrap overnight, then wash the poultice away, rinsing thoroughly.
On a seasonal basis, maintain your granite countertops as follows:
- Do the ‘water droplet’ test. Splash water on the surface. If it no longer beads up, re-seal the countertop using the appropriate sealer.
- If you notice stains or damage, reach out to a stone-care professional for repair.
How to Maintain Marble Counters
Because marble is porous, it is susceptible to stains. For that reason, you’ll want to make sure that your marble countertops are sealed using a product specifically formulated for marble. Regularly do the ‘water droplet’ test and reseal as necessary.
Quickly wipe up spills, especially from acidic liquids such as wine, orange juice, tomatoes and even soft drinks and they can damage the surface.
As with granite countertops, use a soft microfiber cloth so as not to scratch the surface. Clean often using Neutra Clean stone cleaner. On a weekly basis, disinfect with Disinfect Clean and apply stone spray.
Use cutting boards and hot pads when possible.
Caring for Quartz Countertops
When it comes to caring for your quartz countertop, you’ll find that water and soap or a mild detergent with a non-scratch scrub pad will do the job. Then, rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove residue.
In the case of stubborn stains or dried spills, apply a non-abrasive household cleaners and rinse to remove the residue. We recommend non-abrasive cleaners because they will not dull the surface shine of the quartz top.
To remove items such as food, gum, nail polish or even dried paint that have dried onto the surface, use a plastic putty knife to scrape away the excess material. Then, use a damp soft cloth to remove any marks or residual dirt. If the stains are extra-stubborn, we recommend a no-scratch Scotch-Brite® pad with non-abrasive cleaner.
What About Keeping Laminate Countertops Clean?
Laminate countertops require little regular maintenance other than ongoing cleaning. And, unlike marble and granite, they don’t require sealing, However, you do want to make sure that no water pools in the seams.
Use a clean cloth and mild dish soap and water to clean laminate. Be sure to dry the countertop after washing it. For greasy buildups, use a kitchen cleaner.
For stains, treat the area with a baking soda paste. Mix a 3:1 ratio of baking soda and water and spread it over the stain. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes before wiping away. Don’t scrub the countertop because, although a mild abrasive, the baking soda can damage the finish.
If you have small scratches or chips, you can apply several color of paste that are available in hardware stores.
Caring for Corian® Countertops
To care for Corian countertops, we recommend soapy water, ammonia based cleaners or commercially available solid surface cleaners to remove most dirt and residue from all types of finishes. We don’t recommend window cleaners as they can leave a waxy build up that may dull the surface. Note that stubborn residues may require a little stronger cleaner.
If you let water dry on the countertop, you will notice a film building up on the surface that will make the finish appear blotchy and uneven. To prevent this build up, you need to wipe the countertop completely dry after spills and cleaning.
Be aware that some Corian colors may require more frequent cleaning to maintain a uniform finish. Also, darker colors tend to require more attention than lighter colors. Over time, even with proper care, your countertop will acquire a patina, changing the appearance of the finish.
How to Maintain Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Countertops
You can clean both ceramic and porcelain tile countertops using a damp cloth or sponge. Most important is paying attention to the grout lines which are porous and can absorb stains unless sealed with a penetrating sealer for protection and stain resistance.
If your grout has stains before you seal it, scrub it with a mild bleach solution and a toothbrush. Then, seal it with a commercial grout sealer.
Are You Ready to Explore New Countertops for Your Oregon Home?
Whether you’re looking for granite, marble, quartz, Corian, laminate or tile countertops, you can be sure to find a multitude of beautiful options at Classique.
When you visit our Portland, Oregon showroom, one of our Classique Floors + Tile project consultants will be happy to guide you through everything from initial estimate to product selection to final installation, not to mention how to maintain your countertops.
You’ll be delighted, we promise!
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