How to Clean Your Counters

Keeping kitchen counters clean is important as you usually use their surface to prepare food and meals. Of course, different types of counters require different maintenance. For example, it is not recommended to apply any cleanser on Formica counters as they may scratch the surface. You can use only mild dishwashing detergent or better – lemon juice, to clean up and maintain such kind of counters. Here are some more tips on other types.

White tile. Pour liquid bleach on the counter and scrub with nylon brush. Let it soak for about an hour and then rinse and wipe dry. Do this quite often so that the grout between the tiles does not get grimy or collect built-up dirt.

Coloured tile. Cleaners Aldgate do not recommend the use of bleach on these. Pour water over the surface of the counter. Scatter drops of dish soap on top of the water. Scrub with a nylon brush, rinse, sand wipe dry. If the grout needs to be whitened, use liquid bleach or white toothpaste on a toothbrush or nylon scrub brush and scour.

Butcher block (Wood). If you are remodeling your kitchen or building a new house, many cleaners Alperton recommend that you have a butcher block put next to the stove. Hot food can be taken out of the oven and placed on this surface without any harm to the wood. Formica counter tops that are near the oven and stove are often ruined by hot pans.

Like any natural wood, butcher block needs to be oiled to retain its beautiful shine and to prevent it from drying out and cracking. If food is prepared on it, use mineral or vegetable oil. If food is not prepared on it, then use linseed oil, lemon oil, or the oil that is sold especially for butcher block. The top needs to be oiled about once a month. The bottom also needs oil, but not as frequently. Three times a year is sufficient. Wipe the oil on with a terrycloth rag, let it soak into the butcher block for at least half an hour, and then rub it dry.

Clean the butcher block with a damp cloth or a cloth dipped in a vegetable oil, then wipe it dry immediately. To get stains out, use a fresh lemon. Squeeze it on the stain, let is soak for about twenty minutes, then wipe it dry. Stains can also be removed by sanding the wood.

If the surface becomes rough and crisscrossed with knife cuts, it is easy for tiny bits if food to become embedded in it. Other food prepared on the block may then pick up bacteria from trapped, decaying foods, and this presents the danger of salmonella, or food poisoning. Keep the surface smooth by sanding it occasionally.

November 14, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


Lisa Header is a housewife who really doesn't like cleaning. That is why she always looks for tips to ease the cleaning process and doesn't mind to share them with other people.

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