We know you’re being extra cautious right now to ensure your home stays clean & healthy. You may be inclined to go a little cleaning CRAZY right now, which is why we want to discuss how to clean your countertops the RIGHT way before you use a harsh chemical on your stone or surface. Believe it or not, you CAN damage your countertops if you use incorrect products that contain harsh chemicals, depending on the countertop material you have. We’re breaking down all you need to know about cleaning your countertops correctly.
To clean your granite countertop, make sure to wipe your counter off with warm, soapy water before applying any other cleaning products. You can then use a 50:50 ratio of isopropyl alcohol & water or nothing higher than 70% isopropyl alcohol for a disinfectant.
DO NOT USE: vinegar, Windex or bleach on granite – this can dull your granite in the long run as well as weaken the sealant. Also, make sure to avoid corrosive or abrasive sponges as these will damage the stone.
For marble, you want to ensure that a marble-specific cleaner is your first choice (ask our Stone Squad for recommendations). If you opt-in to use another type of cleaner, try mixing a small amount of gentle, non-abrasive dish soap with warm water in a spray bottle. You can then shake up and spray an excessive amount on your marble. Scrub gently and wipe off while using a clean, wet cloth. Use a soft, non-abrasive towel to dry.
DO NOT USE: vinegar, Windex or bleach.
If you have a Quartz countertop, particularly Cambria, it can be damaged or stained by excessive heat temperatures and harsh chemicals. To keep your quartz in TIP TOP shape, be sure to use hot pads or other protective elements under hot items before placing them on your counter. This will help protect your counter and can maintain its longevity for as long as possible! To clean, simply wipe your surface down with a soft cloth & warm water. You can also use MILD soap, if desired.
DO NOT USE: acidic or abrasive chemicals/cleaners.
The trickiest of all, a butcher block tends to need a little bit of extra care because of the material, but the material isn’t as sensitive. To wash or disinfect, wipe this surface off with a clean cloth or sponge dipped in HOT water while only using mild dish soap. To dry, use a paper towel or dish towel, dry the surface of your butcher block thoroughly before moving onto another task.
DO NOT USE: excess water/liquid or submerge this countertop in water.
If you are still unsure of what product to use while cleaning your countertops, you are always welcome to give our Stone Squad a call. Give us a call at 941-795-2800, our Stone Squad will give you expert advice and provide you with solutions every step of the way. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom or outdoor kitchen, we will take care of your refresh or remodel from start to finish.