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There is no universal answer for how to clean countertops. There are so many types of countertops these days (granite, butcher block, tile, and more) and they all require different types of maintenance and care. In order to keep your countertops clean, sanitized and undamaged you must first be sure what exactly your counters are made of.
Below you will find a list of some of the most popular types of countertops and how to keep them clean and looking great.
You need to be totally sure what you are using on your granite countertops. Granite is porous and, if not sealed completely, can absorb whatever it comes in contact with. If you spill anything on it, it can easily stain depending on the color of your granite. If you drop your wine on it, for example, be sure to immediately soak it up and wipe down the area.
Never use acidic cleaning products (or vinegar) or any type of abrasive cleaner on granite as it can be very damaging to it. Instead, use dish soap and water OR cleaners made specifically for granite.
Just as with granite, wood is very absorbent and can stain easily. You should be careful to wipe up any messes quickly. In order to keep your wood countertops from absorbing water and moisture you should treat it with linseed or mineral oil about once a month. To clean wood countertops, scrub with baking soda and water and to remove stains use bleach and water. After cleaning or stain removal be sure to treat the counter with mineral or linseed oil.
Formica is so popular because it is inexpensive and easy to maintain. If you are sure to clean up spills immediately, you will have very few problems with staining. You can use a wide variety of cleaners on this type of countertop but avoid abrasive cleaners (like Comet or Ajax). Also, if you find that your Formica has a streaky appearance after cleaning, use glass cleaner to give it a shiny, smooth sheen.
Tile countertops are wonderful because of their durability. You can set a hot pot or pan directly onto a ceramic tile countertop without any problem. However, the grout can be a bit of a pain. It is porous and will absorb moisture easily. Make a paste of (2 cups) warm water and (2 scoops) Oxyclean and (or a tile and grout cleaner) a toothbrush to clean out dirty grout. The results of clean grout will completely amaze you! The tile itself can simply be wiped down with almost any household cleaner.