The kitchen is considered the heart and soul of the home–and rightly so, as meals for family and guests are prepared there. At MTDL, we’re all about keeping your homes spic-and-span for every occasion. Whether you have company coming over or just want to enjoy simple meals with family, here are some cleaning tips for different types of surfaces to keep your kitchen as clean and bacteria-free as possible!
Cleaning stone countertops: Stone countertops are rather delicate, even mild acid etches marble and anything greasy stains granite. To clean marble and granite, never use anything abrasive. Instead, wash with a few drops of plain or antibacterial dishwashing liquid on a damp sponge, clean the surface with water, and dry with a soft cloth.
Taking care of engineered stone surfaces: Engineered stone has a very similar look and feel to granite, but it doesn’t require any sealant or special care. You can wash it with soap and water, an all purpose cleaner such as Ajax Spray n’ Wipe, or a window cleaner such as jif or Mr Muscle Glass cleaner.
Cleaning surfaces with plastic laminates: Don’t use anything abrasive or scratchy when cleaning Formica. Instead, soak up spills immediately with a sponge, then use a soapy sponge or all-purpose spray cleanser to wipe the benchtop clean. For obstinate stains, try one of these two approaches.
First, sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda and rub with a soft damp cloth, then rinse and dry with paper towels or a soft cloth.
Second, make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar, spread it on the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse and dry again. Remember: the older they get, the more laminates need a gentle touch. They can chip, scratch and lose their shine as they age.
We love our White Magic Sponges for removing stains in laminate surfaces.
Cleaning solid synthetic surfaces: Solid synethetic surfaces are highly durable, but they’re also known for their ability to withstand light abrasion. If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably found that these types of surfaces don’t always sit well with water. But there are ways to get the shine and protection you need without damaging your countertop.
First, try a scrub sponge, such as a green Scotch-Brite pad or squirt a mildly abrasive cleaner, such as Jif Cream (without bleach) onto a damp sponge and apply with gentler pressure. Rinse with water on a sponge and dry with a soft cloth.
If you want a high gloss shine, use white polishing compound instead of soap or other cleaners.
We’re confident that these tips will keep your kitchen spotless and germ-free. When in doubt, just give us a call and we can easily do the cleaning for you!