Written by Tenley Haraldson. Reviewed by Sean Busch.
Cleaning countertops may seem simple, but there's actually a lot to consider: You need to remove stuck-on food, avoid damaging custom surfaces, you also need to find the best countertop cleaner that doesn't leave streaks behind.
Finding the Best Countertop Cleaner
For all types of surfaces, you really only need two products:
Pro Tip: Even diluted vinegar can etch certain stones. That's especially true when it comes to marble (see more below).
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1. Start by Clearing Your Countertops
To clean correctly, you'll need to remove the miscellaneous items that get plopped there. Consider using a “catch-all basket” and finding homes for these objects later. Get rid of countertop appliances to avoid electrical issues and tackle the spots they normally cover.
Pro Tip: If bulky appliances can’t be moved, avoid spraying them directly with your cleaner. Use your microfiber towel as a protective curtain instead.
2. Clean in Patches
Breaking chores into smaller chunks gives every part of the counter the attention it deserves. Spritz each 2x2-foot segment with a single, sweeping spray. If you're dealing with messier areas, apply an extra spray and let the cleaning solution soak for at least one minute.
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3. Use Streak Free Countertop Cleaners Correctly
Some surfaces – like stainless steel and black granite countertops – are prone to noticeable streaking. There are two simple ways to avoid them:
- Apply the right amount of cleaning product
- Use clean microfiber towels.
Get the Most out of Your Microfiber Towel
Fold your microfiber towel in half twice, then wipe with medium pressure in fast, overlapping passes. We think that a Z-pattern is perfect to add a cleaning boost to every square inch.
Pro Tip: A second microfiber cloth may be needed for messes like grease or melted butter.
What Cleaning Products Are Safe to Use on Marble?
Soft, calcium-based stones like marble, granite, and soapstone have open pores that absorb liquids. This makes them some of the hardest surfaces to clean. What's more, diluted vinegar can eat away at marble’s uniform frosty finish. And everyone knows that damaged marble countertops are difficult and expensive to repair!
You'll need a non-acidic cleaner, like our all-purpose spray. This water-based product has a pH of approximately 10, making it the best cleaner for marble countertops.
Check if Marble Countertops Are Sealed
Sealed marble is better protected from the elements, but the protective coating fades with normal wear and tear. Luckily, it’s easy to check if marble countertops are sealed. Let a few drops of water sit on a clean marble countertop for 10-15 minutes before wiping the area dry. A darkened spot indicates water absorption and the need to treat surfaces again.
Pro Tip: Depending on how often you use/clean the surface – and which sealant you choose – marble should be resealed once every three months.
Cleaning Countertops Should Always Be This Easy
Our expert team of biochemists developed Puracy Natural Surface Cleaner to be safe and effective for any countertop material. From quartz, marble, and butcher block countertops, you're one step closer to a cleaner kitchen.