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Maintenance Tips: How to Keep Your Countertop Shining Like New

Dec 5, 2023 | Blog

Countertop spaces often bear the brunt of your culinary adventures and regular use in the home or workplace. From chopping vegetables to kneading dough to hosting your morning cup of coffee, maintaining the sheen and freshness of your countertop may appear challenging. Still, with regular countertop maintenance, you can keep it shining like new, year after year.

The primary rule of regular countertop maintenance is to clean any spills immediately. Whether it’s wine, coffee, or juice, it’s crucial to prevent these substances from seeping into the surface and causing lasting stains or unseen damage. Upon recognizing any spills, use a soft cloth with warm, soapy water to wipe the countertop promptly. The cleaner the countertop is kept, the better it will hold up year after year. 

The next step in maintaining your countertop quality is to consider the material. Different materials require specific cleaning methods. For instance, granite countertops should be cleaned using a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for granite. Using acidic or alkaline-based cleaners could cause damage to the protective layer on granite countertops, making them more susceptible to staining. On the other hand, materials such as laminate may be cleaned with a solution of vinegar and water. Understanding the materials used for your countertops can help make cleaning easier and maintain quality better over time.

Regular sealing for certain countertop materials like granite and marble may also be necessary to extend the life of the materials. Sealing provides an added layer of protection against spills and stains. The frequency of resealing depends on the material and usage, but generally, once a year is recommended for best results. The effort put into regular countertop maintenance will pay off in the long run.

In addition to spills, heat damage can compromise the quality of your countertops. Thermal shock may occur if hot pots or pans are placed directly on the countertop, which may lead to cracks or discoloration. While some countertop materials possess a level of heat resistance, it can be beneficial to use caution when placing hot cookware on the surface. Use trivets or mats to shield your countertop from extreme temperatures. Remember, your countertops are not just functional pieces; they are also a significant part of your decor. 

With the proper care and maintenance, your countertops can maintain pristine condition. All it takes are simple, regular cleaning habits and a little prevention. Your countertop is an investment; treat it as such, and it will reward you with years of service. If you need additional help with regular countertop maintenance or replacement, Hawk Industries is ready to help!

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