Some kitchen countertops require more labor-intensive upkeep than other countertops—it all depends on the materials and how they're made. In addition to regular upkeep, certain counters are more prone to stains, scratches, and chips. For regular cleaning of any kitchen countertop, just use a damp cloth or the soft side of a sponge with a mild cleaner. This will be sufficient to address germs and remove any debris. Below, we'll explore how to take care of all of the major types of kitchen countertops.
Wood Kitchen Countertops
Wood countertops are certainly the easiest countertop to damage. In order to prevent damage, follow the tips below:
- Don't place hot pans on the countertop.
- Clean up spills quickly.
- Only cut on cutting boards.
If your countertop does develop unsightly marks, you can address them by sanding down the area and then applying mineral oil for 20-30 minutes. Stains can be treated using lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide (not vinegar).