Get quick tips to keep your white countertops clean
White colour always symbolises purity and sanity. It denoted freshness, simplicity and a fresh start. So, almost everyone prefers white floorings, white countertops, and white wall colourings. Most kitchen countertops are made of white marble, granite, quartz, soapstone etc. Each of them has its specific cleaning and maintenance requirements. But, it has a major drawback. It is difficult to maintain the stark white look if not cleaned regularly. And, you have to keep it clean, to make it look the same pure white for ages. This is because if you skip cleaning for one or two days, dust may pile up and generally it becomes yellowish or reddish. Thus, delivering a dirty look to your kitchen or room.
So, quickly grab a look at the general cleaning tips for white countertops
Prefer using the Right cleaning products
A natural and popular way of cleaning is vinegar and baking soda mix. In two cups of moderately warm water add one cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of baking soda. Then, take a clean mop, dip it in the mixture and use it to clean the white surface. Use it at least once in month. This helps to pull out dirt build-ups from the pores of the surface. Otherwise, you can also use bleach to clean the surface. But, frequent use of bleach corrodes the surface and makes it rough. But, if there is a white sink in your kitchen, you must always use bleach to clean it. Then rinse the sink with warm water.
Methods to clean up spills
With occasional cleaning using the above methods, routine cleaning is also very important. Use mild dishwashing detergent or a soft soap to clean up normal spills. Also, clean up spills before it dries up. And in case it dries up use a plastic putty knife to scrape it off. Don’t use any hard material or scrubbers and acidic soap, because it brings roughness to the surface.
Avoid direct sunlight and use a chimney
A bright sunny kitchen with white countertops always looks detrimental. But, exposure to direct sunlight regularly can slowly turn the countertops yellow. Always try to use curtains or blinds, windows with tinted glass, to prevent direct sunlight.
When you are cooking, grease particles fly around and they slowly settle on the surface. Thus, imparting a sticky nature to the surface with a blacking layer. It becomes very difficult to clean it. Thus install a chimney or exhaust fan in your kitchen. Thus, chimneys absorb the grease particles, helping to keep your white countertops clean.
To remove blackness or yellowness
Many times, if we leave the white countertops untouched for many days, a layer of dust builds upon them. So, it appears a bit yellowish or blackish. To remove this yellowness, you can follow up on the above methods. But, sometimes, if the layer is too delayed, it becomes permanent on the surface. In that case, you can use spirit and wipe it hard with a microfiber towel. Spirit helps to remove even hard stains.
Now, let us see the specific methods of cleaning for few materials like granite, marble and quartz.
For Granite and Marble
For regular cleaning use, warm water and mild dishwashing soap and a microfiber towel to clean the surface. Further, use hydrogen peroxide for water-based stains and baking soda paste for oil-based stains. Lay it overnight and then rinse off.
Since quartz is largely stain-resistant, it requires a very nominal cleaning. It can be easily washed with mild soap and water. For heavy stains use a glass cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge.