Kitchen countertops and vanity tops are great ways to beautify your home, but if not properly cared can make it look messy. Many people consider them hardy and use everything available within arm’s reach and clean the surface, or don’t clean at all. The result, scoured surface, ugly marks of dried up liquids, or etching marks or acidic stains.
If only people knew small tricks involved in keeping the stone surfaces spic and span, they would not opt to buy a new countertop just to hide the nasty looking one. In this article you will come across inexpensive DIY maintenance tips that can save your natural stone from landing in a junkyard.
Sharp and heavy objects in racks
Natural stones vary in hardness ranging from soft ones such as soapstone and travertine to harder ones such as granite and quartz. Softer ones easily attract scratches, while harder ones resist to some extent. So be careful while placing sharp objects, or heavier and harder ones such as vessels on your kitchen surface. A better option would be to use boards to cut vegetables, coasters for placing vessels on countertops, and racks for utensils.
Keep away acidic juices
Acidic juices such as orange or grape are beneficial for your health not for your countertop. Keep it away or wipe away the spilled juice from the countertop surface immediately, as the longer it stays deeper the stain gets.
If you do not want to spend huge money on countertop maintenance, but still want it to look great, using hot water and a soft cloth would just do the trick. This removes oil residues and dirt from the countertop, thus eliminating abrasive materials and also the chances of scratches.
As countertop or vanity top fabrication involves using natural, engineered, or solid surfaces neutral cleaner are a safe bet. As stones such as limestone and travertine, marble, and granite are vulnerable to acidic solutions (in the decreasing order), avoid cleaning them using vinegar, lime juice, ammonia or any other strong cleaners. There are neutral cleaners which remove scars and stains, and do not etch. Remember not to clean mirrors on vanity tops using strong solutions as splashes or over sprays can affect the surface.
Clean soft rags over scrubbers
Most of the scrubbers and detergent powders have materials that can leave scratches on your vanity surface. Use a clean soft rag along with neutral cleaners to wipe clean the surface. Removing dirt using vacuum cleaner and then with hot water and neutral soap, before using scrubbers on stubborn buildups ensures scratch-free surface.
Sealing for shielding
Once your vanity top is clean, you can use penetrating sealers protect the surface and prevent stains getting deeper into it. Drop a little water on the stone countertop and see; if the water forms a wet mark on the stone, the vanity needs sealing.
Stainless steel or engineered surfaces such as quartz are an alternative to natural stone surfaces, which lacks pores and would not stain. Regular cleaning using hot water is enough to keep the surface safe from dirt. As strong solutions can stain your countertop, immediately cleaning the spilled surface helps avoid future troubles.