There are many different types of countertops and there are also different ways to clean them. Cleaning your countertops well is a must because stains, moisture and dirt contribute to the wear and tear of countertops.
Before we discuss the specific way to clean the concrete and granite countertops, there are general cleaning tips that work both on concrete and granite. Invest on pot holders and protect your counters from excessive heat. Excessive heat from pots and pans causes thermal shock, damaging the countertops, eventually causing you more money to repair, or even buy a new countertop. Prevent cracks; avoid putting excessive weight on your countertops. Do not step or stand on it, use ladders or step stool. Wipe spills immediately. Both concrete and granite countertops are sensitive to acidic food. Foods like vinegar, salad dressings and Kool-aid are acidic and natural dyes that could etch the countertops. Use a cutting board when cutting to prevent your countertops form scratches. Countertops regardless of the finish really encounter the normal wear and tear that is why to reseal from time to time to preserve the color and quality of the countertops.
Now let’s go to the specific way of cleaning the two types of countertops Red Deer, the concrete and granite countertops. These two types of countertops are the most common type and the most convenient. Concrete is a mixture but in countertops, it is treated as a stone. It is made of cement, water, sand and finely crushed stones. After the mixing it is dried and turned into a solid surface that could be used as a countertop. Concretes are sealed and are made to be heat, acid and scratch resistant. For daily cleaning, a dish detergent mixture is enough. Never use distilled vinegar or other strong agents to clean the concrete. In removing stains, like form strong acids you don’t have a choice but to buff or grind the etched part of the countertop. You need professional help to do this. Stains from coffee and mustard can be easily remove with chlorine and bleach but do not leave it for more that 10 minutes because it might damage the sealant.
Granite slabs differ in color and formation that is why if you have this type of countertop; you truly have a one of kind design. For daily cleaning a dishwashing mixture and soft microfiber cloth is needed to wipe it clean. Same with concrete to prevent the dulling of the finish do not use harsh cleaners like vinegar. You can use commercial poultice to remove stains from wine or beet juice. Avoid cutting directly on your granite countertops, to prevent scratches. Always follow or consult the installer’s manual and instructions.
When stains cannot be cleaned or and damages cannot be fixed anymore, then it is the time that you seek professional help. By this, you will be able to prevent further damage or even replacement of your countertop. Professionals are well equipped to manage this job for your convenience. Hence, if you need to hire one, then go.