Quartz, granite and ceramic kitchen countertops are more popular than other surface materials for their durability and natural appearance. To maintain their authentic condition, they need to be well maintained. Here are some tips.

  • To prevent spills of liquids such as tea, soda, wine, and sliced fruit and vegetable juices from staining the countertop permanently, wipe them off immediately with a cloth and a mild detergent. Do not leave it to dry out, as this will harden the liquid and make the surface sticky and may damage it
  • Dilute one cup of white vinegar with three cups of water and spray it on your countertop. Let it sit for about a minute before wiping it with a paper towel. For a light stain, you can use a mild ammonia product
  • To remove stains from granite, rub them with a sponge soaked in a solvent (acetone) or claystone. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth
  • You may also use baking soda mixed with water to treat the stains. Leave for a few minutes, then rub and wipe with a damp cloth
  • To maintain the shine of your countertop, clean it after each use with a sponge, warm water and mild soap, then wipe it clean with a cloth. Use glycerine or a cloth with vaseline to make it shine
  • Never use abrasive scouring pads or cleaners. You should also avoid chemicals such as turpentine, commercial drain cleaners, oven cleaners, dishwasher rinses and undiluted bleach.