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How to Rid of Stains on 4 Types of Countertops

One of the most difficult things about having a kitchen is using it – because of all the cleaning it needs afterward. Sometimes, cleaning is not only about dirt on the floor but also the stains on your countertop from this morning’s cuppa or last night’s curry. Depending on the type of material used on your countertop, removing that dreaded stain may or may not cause you more headache than planning today’s dinner. Luckily, we found tips on how to treat stains for four types of countertops:

 

Granite

 

 

Granite, albeit gorgeous, easily absorbs liquid because of its porosity.Different stains will require different treatments but all stains on your granite will require a poultice made from an absorbent material like cotton ballsand a chemical that will depend on the stain:

 

Hydrogen peroxide can be used for organic (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) and inorganic (dyes, etc.) stainsexcept for ink that will need rubbing alcohol. Use pure acetone for oil-based stains like stains from butter and hand lotion, bleach for biological stains like moulds, and iron-out (available in hardware stores) for metal stains like rust.

 

But if you don’t have the time to keep cleaning stains, you may opt to having your granite countertop sealed instead. A sealed countertop won’t likely be affected by stains but it will need to be re-sealed once a year or as needed.

 

Wood

 

 

If you decide not to seal your wooden countertop, which will make it water and stain-proof, then the best way to protect it from stain is to use trivets, hot pads, and chopping boards when working with food. But if you do use or have decided to use your wooden countertop as a workspace, you can remove stains by sanding. If that doesn't work, rub the stain with lemon juice or dab it with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (1 tbsp) and warm water (1 cup).

 

Quartz

 

 

Quartz countertops have the beauty of granite countertops without the porosity. Aside from being glossy and durable, quartz is also stain-resistant for a short amount of time after spillage happens.If you do get stains on your quartz countertop, wipe them with a surface cleaner using a non-abrasive sponge or a soft cloth. Avoid using abrasive sponge and highly acidic cleaners as these could damage your countertop.

 

Soapstone

 

 

Soapstone is basically stain-resistant.The most you’ll have to deal with are surface stains that can be scrubbed or sanded off; furthermore, the only maintenance it needs is an oil treatment, which will help even out the darkening of soapstone when it oxidizes.

 

Although some stains can be removed with the right treatment, the best way to deal with stains is to immediately wipe off any spillage when it happens. Although some stains can be removed with the right treatment, the best way to deal with stains is to immediately wipe off any spillage when it happens. Although some stains can be removed with the right treatment, the best way to deal with stains is to immediately wipe off any spillage when it happens. Visit our website for more tips about your fitted kitchen.

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