Written by Valerie Sizelove. Reviewed by Sean Busch.
Even though cleaning countertops may seem like a simple task, between stuck-on food gunk, getting the perfect streak-free finish, and accidentally damaging custom surfaces with the wrong countertop cleaners, it can actually be more difficult than people think.
This is the ultimate guide to cleaning countertops that you never knew you needed.
Remember: Frequent Care Is Easy Care
A great cleaning method is the only way to protect and sanitize spaces in your home, and that involves regularity. Your countertops will be easier to clean if you do it every day versus weekly.
Gather the Right Cleaning Supplies
When you have the right products, they make the task go much quicker. For all types of countertop surfaces, the basic supplies should be the same. You’ll need:
1. Food-Safe Surface Cleaner
The right countertop cleaner should make your surfaces sparkle without damaging them. Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner has a neutral pH level, meaning that it’s safe for any surface, whether that’s laminate, marble, granite, quartz, stainless steel, glass, and Corian.
Pro tip: Even diluted vinegar can etch certain stones, especially marble.
2. High-Quality Microfiber Towels
High-quality microfiber creates less lint, doesn’t scratch, and can absorb 7X its weight in liquid. Designed for use with all Puracy natural cleaners, our Edgeless Microfiber Towel are incredibly long-lasting, versatile, and effective
Where to Start: Clear Your Countertops
Before you can clean, you’ll first need a blank canvas. Countertops tend to accumulate miscellaneous items, so you might want to consider using a “catch-all basket” and finding homes for these objects later.
Countertop appliances should be out of the way to avoid electrical issues and to tackle the spots they normally cover.
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Pro Tip: If heavy microwaves or bulky coffee makers can’t be moved, avoid spraying them with your cleaner by using your microfiber towel as a protective curtain.
Next, Clean in Patches
After you’ve cleared the whole counter, visually create 2x2-foot segments that you’ll work on one-at-a-time. Breaking chores into small chunks will help you track progress and give each part of the counter the attention it deserves.
Each section will need one sweeping spray to dispense the optimal amount of product. Spray the entire countertop area so it can start soaking.
Pre-Treat Tougher Countertop Messes
Obviously, some messes require extra product and elbow grease. For tough countertop messes, give messier areas an extra spray and let the cleaning solution soak for at least one minute.
Use Streak-Free Countertop Cleaners Correctly
Some surfaces – like stainless steel and black granite countertops – are prone to streaking. There are, however, easy ways to avoid them:
- Use the right amount of cleaning product
- Only 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. A Z-pattern is ideal to add an extra cleaning boost to every square inch.
Pro tip: A second microfiber cloth may be needed for bacon grease or melted butter (so the grease isn’t spread around).
How to Clean Marble Countertops Naturally
Not all surfaces are created equally, especially when it comes to marble (as well as granite and soapstone). These soft, calcium-based stones have open pores that absorb liquids, making marble one of the hardest surfaces to clean.
If you’re using natural cleaning products, it’s important to remember that diluted vinegar can eat away at marble’s uniform frosty finish. And damaged marble countertops are both difficult and expensive to repair.
To properly care for marble countertops, you’ll need a non-acidic cleaner – like our all-purpose spray. Even though it contains lime essential oil, this water-based product has a pH of around 10, making it basic.
First, Check if Your 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 your 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 for re-treatment.
Depending on how often you use/clean the surface – and which sealant you choose – our research shows that marble should be resealed every three months.
Puracy: Cleaning Countertops Should Always Be This Easy
Whether you have marble, quartz, or butcher block, Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is a safe option for all countertop materials. Add in the right microfiber cloths and you’ll be one step closer to a cleaner kitchen.