Learn how to keep your countertops looking great and save on replacement costs.
Learn how to keep your countertops looking their best.
Are your countertops in need of some TLC? Learn how to keep your countertops looking their best with the following techniques.General Countertop Care Tips
Laminate Countertop Care
Follow these tips to care for granite, solid-surface or laminate countertops:
- Routinely wipe down countertops with a dry cloth.
- This removes dirt that can scratch the surface.
- Wipe up spills immediately to prevent stains.
- Avoid placing hot pans directly on countertops.
- Not only will the pan leave a mark, but it can also make the surface dangerously hot.
- Use cutting boards to protect your countertop and your knives.
- Start with plain warm water on a soft cloth to clean countertops before using other cleaning solvents.
- Consult the manufacturer or ask a Lowe's customer service associate for details about maintaining and repairing your countertop.
Stone Countertop Care
Laminate countertops are easy to maintain and relatively durable. Vinegar and water is a nonabrasive way to clean your countertops. To help keep them in good shape, try the following:
- For stains, use a 3-to-1 mixture of baking soda and water. Allow the paste to sit on the stain for three to five minutes before wiping it off with a soft, wet cloth.
- Avoid using scouring pads because they'll scratch your countertops.
- Use laminate repair paste to fill in minor chips and cracks. This paste comes in several colors to match your countertops.
Try polishing countertops with lemon oil to remove small scratches.
Solid-Surface Countertop Care
Depending on the stone, you'll find different levels of heat resistance and scratch protection.
- Avoid cleaning with acidic substances. While vinegar works great on laminate, it's too acidic for stone countertops and will damage them. The same goes for products that contain bleach and ammonia. If a cleaner is required, look for a pH-neutral solvent designed to clean stone.
- Look into having your countertops sealed. Depending on the material, it's recommended to have your countertops periodically sealed to prevent stains and damage.
The look and feel of solid-surface countertops resembles that of stone countertops without the same high level of maintenance. Unlike stone countertops, sealing isn't required and mild abrasives can be used.
- Clean using soap and water or an ammonia-based solvent.
- To disinfect, mix 1 teaspoon of bleach into 1 gallon of water and use it on the countertop. Rinse the counter with warm water and wipe it dry.
For tough stains, use a hot, wet sponge. Let it sit on the stain for three to five minutes. The steam will help lift the stain.