This article is kindly contributed by Patricia Cornwell
To have an organized and good-looking kitchen, you have to make sure the countertops are tidy and clean. In this post we offer a few countertop cleaning and organizing tips that will help you keep the mess under control. Let’s get to it.
Cleaning Limestone Countertops
Since limestone kitchen countertops are porous, they are captors of stains and dirt. However, they shouldn’t be cleaned with regular kitchen cleaners, especially ones that contain bleach or ammonia. The best way to go is to use a solution designed specifically with this type of countertop.
Additionally, you can stick with a mixture of mild detergent and water. If you find a product that has a neutral pH, that’s ideal. Don’t scrub with a stiff brush or the scrubby side of a sponge. Don’t use abrasive materials either. Instead opt for a cloth or rag. Rub gently to let the product work its magic. Rinse and dry.
Cleaning Laminate Countertops
The best way to go when it comes to laminate countertops is to use a dab or mild soap and warm water. You can also opt for a mild beach solution. Apply onto the surface, let it work for a while and rub with a clean rag. Don’t apply too much pressure and don’t use abrasive materials or stiff brush.
Tip: to find out if the product you want to use won’t do any damage, test it out on a small area on your countertop in advance.
If you want to eliminate stains, opt for a solution of water and white vinegar. Use equal parts of the mixtures. Spray the affected area and let the vinegar do its thing. Rub and rinse. Use paper towel or cloth to dry.
Cleaning Granite Countertops
All your granite countertops need is soapy water and a quick wipe. Apply the solution to the surface and rub with a mild microfiber cloth. Do not use any abrasive materials or harsh products to clean your granite countertops, as you may damage them per Acton DPC Cleaner advise. If there are stains, you may use a little bit of baking soda. Sprinkle it over the affected area, add some water and let it sit. After 5-10 minutes, rub gently with a cloth or a soft brush. Rinse well and dry with paper towel.
All in all, the secret to clean countertops is soapy water.
It’s very easy to clean your countertops when they are all cleared off. However, piling up stuff on them might slow you down while decluttering. When organizing your countertops, use this simple rule of thumb: leave only the most popular items on display. Put away the rest. Things you want to keep on your countertops are salt and pepper, your coffeemaker and a few kitchen utensils. Add a bowl of fruits or a plant to spruce up the space. Ideally, you’ll use hooks for all the items that can be hung. This will save countertop space and make your kitchen more organized.
It is wise to designate an area in your kitchen where you can dump all the stuff you don’t have time to put away when you are in a rush. This will always get you out of a pinch. You can use a box or a small container for all those “homeless” items instead of piling them on the countertops and creating a mess.
Lastly, be realistic. You can have a moderately organized kitchen but don’t get obsessed with it. Your countertops don’t have to be perfect. But if they look tidy and nice, that would suffice.
We hope you like our tips on cleaning and organizing your countertops.