Kitchen countertops take a lot of wear and tear. They are subject to hot dishes, spills, cuts, scratches, and more cleaning agents than just about any other surface in your home. You want to keep your counters as clean and germ-free as possible, but you also want them looking nice for as long as you possibly can. Here are some things you can do to keep your counters both clean and looking like new.
Invest in High Quality Countertops
Countertops come in a variety of materials. While most are tested and created to withstand the kind of use a kitchen counter gets, not all the materials are created equal. If possible, investing in a granite countertop will see it lasting much longer than any other type. Not only will granite last longer than any other material, it will also increase the value of your home should you ever decide to sell.
Use Cutting Boards and Trivets
Make a point to use a cutting board every time you need to chop something. The little nicks a knife tends to make not only make the counter look old, they are places where germs can remain and cause problems.
Another thing to invest in is trivets. These ceramic squares can keep hot dishes away from the countertop so they don’t cause scorching or melting of the area.
Clean With Safe Products
Everyday cleaning can be accomplished with a mild dish soap and a soft cloth. Microfiber cloths tend to work wonderfully as countertop cleaners. After washing thoroughly, make sure to use a different cloth and dry the countertop to avoid mildew.
For heavier cleaning, such as stuck on food or spills that have dried, you can make a gentle cleaner out of baking soda and dish soap. Make a paste of three parts baking soda and one part dish soap. Spread the mixture over your countertop with a soft rag and allow to sit for about fifteen minutes. Then, simply wipe off with warm water. Once you have all the paste off, use a dry cloth to dry and buff the countertop.