Now that you’ve selected the perfect material for your countertops and had your kitchen remodeled, you can look forward to years of enjoyment – from good times while preparing foods to long conversations over the kitchen table. One thing you’ll want to do time and time again isn’t really the most exciting thing to do, but it’s a must: cleaning kitchen countertops and other surfaces. Kitchen countertops are full of germs as a result of raw foods and other items that are set on them throughout the day.
Here are some basic tips for cleaning kitchen countertops to help keep them beautiful and sanitary for as long as possible. (See our blog page for more information about how to clean specific types of kitchen surfaces.)
• Go natural: Let’s start here, since this tip for cleaning kitchen countertops can apply to all the rest. Anytime you can, opt for all-natural products. Doing so can prevent damage to your countertops from harsher chemicals, protect your hands and eyes, and help protect the planet.
• Be careful when using bleach: Bleach is effective in killing bacteria, but can damage kitchen countertops and be harmful to your skin if used improperly. Cleaning your countertops with soap and water regularly is better.
If you prefer to use a disinfectant, ask one of our kitchen design experts which cleansers and cleaning methods are most ideal, as some harsh chemicals like bleach or even acidic items like lemon and vinegar can possibly damage some countertops, like those made of granite.
• Watch how you’re using sponges: If you clean your kitchen countertops with sponges, make sure you don’t use the same sponge to wash dishes, scrub the floors, and so on. Use different sponges for each task.
• Don’t overuse sponges: Sponges collect bacteria, so essentially there would be no use in cleaning kitchen countertops with a sponge that is full of bacteria itself. Before and after using sponges, clean and dry them thoroughly, and change them often. If at all possible, opt for lint-free towels for cleaning and get rid of the sponges completely. Wash and reuse the towels to avoid waste.
The most appropriate methods of cleaning countertops will depend on what types of countertops you have, so ask one of our consultants for specifics about yours. If you want recommendations regarding how to clean your new kitchen countertops or other surfaces in your kitchen, we’ll suggest the most appropriate methods and solutions to use. Contact us through our JK Cabinets website or by phone at 480-219-9580.