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Modern gray kitchen features dark gray flat front cabinetsThe countertops are arguably the most important feature of the kitchen. But, without regular maintenance, they will be stained, scratched, and need to be replaced in only a few years. This guide will help you clean and maintain the kitchen countertops so they look brand new for months after installation.

Precautionary Measures

The two biggest culprits of countertop damage are knives and hot cookware. You can prevent cracks and scratches by taking steps to avoid damage caused by these factors. Store knives in a knife block and always cut foods on a cutting board. When taking hot dishes out of the oven, always place them on a thick potholder or a cooling rack.

Cleaning

Before wiping down the kitchen counter, sweep off any crumbs and residue. This will ensure you get the best clean possible. Then, wash the counters with a damp microfiber cloth and a mild household cleaner or liquid detergent. Bathe them off with clean water and dry them with a clean towel.

Reseal Marble and Granite

With high-end countertop materials like granite and marble, you will need to reseal them eventually. To determine whether they need to be resealed, sprinkle a few drops of water onto the counter. If the counter absorbs the water in under four minutes, it will need to be resealed. You can reseal the counter yourself or, if you’re ready for a change, this may be a good time to hire a kitchen remodeling contractor in Alpharetta.

Stains

If you notice any stains on the counter after the initial cleaning, you will need to take extra measures. Mix a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it to the area and let it sit for a few minutes to lift the stain out of the counter. Don’t rub it in as the paste is abrasive and could damage the counter. Then, wipe off the mixture and rinse off the remaining baking soda with fresh water.

Scratches

To remove light scratches from the surface of the countertops, you can use a scrub sponge. The sponge should be a little more abrasive than a standard sponge, but not so tough that it will scratch the counter even more. Put soap and water on the sponge and buff the scratch until it vanishes.

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