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The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Countertops


Here’s an A to Z guide to cleaning all types of countertops. Of course, check with the manufacturer for the recommended cleaning procedure, as warranties on products might become void if cleaning recommendations are not followed. 


Butcher Block Countertop

Clean with mild soap and water. Wipe the butcher block dry immediately after cleaning. 

CAUTION: Don’t allow water to sit on a butcher block countertop, because it will cause the surface to stain. 

Concrete Countertop

Mix a neutral cleaner with warm water. Clean with a soft microfibre cloth. 

CAUTION: Don’t use abrasive cleaners or pads. 

Granite Countertop

Clean granite with a mild cleaner and damp microfibre cloth.

CAUTION: Never use anything abrasive on a granite countertop, including a scrub pad. Avoid products such as bleach, oil, vinegar and ammonia that leave a residue. 

Laminate Countertop

Clean with a mild detergent applied with a microfibre cloth. Cover stubborn stains with a paste of baking soda and water (three parts baking soda to one part water) and leave for 5 to 10 minutes. Clean off with a soft-bristled brush.

CAUTION: Avoid using scouring pads, or cleaners that will permanently dull the surface. Never allow water to pool on the countertop because it can seep through the seams, causing damage below.  

Marble Countertop

Use a neutral cleaner and a microfibre cloth that hasn’t been used to clean any other surface.

CAUTION: Marble stains easily. Don’t use abrasive cleaners on marble. Avoid bleach, oil, vinegar, lemon, ammonia, or other products that leave a residue. 

Quartz (Silestone) Countertop

Clean quartz countertops with soapy water. Use abrasive soap carefully for stubborn stains.

CAUTION: Oven cleaner will damage this surface if left on the countertop. 

Stainless Steel Countertop

Use a soft microfibre cloth and an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe in the direction of the grain.

CAUTION: Stainless steel scratches easily. Don’t use abrasive pads or cleaners. Be careful with rings and bracelets too. 

Tile Countertop

Use a non-abrasive cleaner, a soft microfibre cloth and warm water to clean tile.

CAUTION: Be careful, because too much water can fall into the cracks and stain the grout.


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