Care and Maintenance

Your brand new kitchen is everything you dreamt it would be. This article will help you keep it that way.

How to care for your Granite Countertops

  • To avoid stains and damage, always clean up a spill immediately.
  • Never use acidic cleaners on your kitchen countertops. Stick to recommended cleaners only.
  • Only use soft, smooth cloths for wiping.
  • Avoid placing hot items directly onto your countertop, some natural stones may not be heat resistant.
  • Consider using a protective sealant over countertops made of natural stone. 
  • Check with your kitchen contractor for detailed maintenance advice.

How to care for your Quartz Countertops

  • Always clean up a spill immediately.
  • Use a plastic knife to scrape away any residues that are stuck, before applying a damp cloth to remove any marks.
  • When cleaning quartz countertops, use a mild detergent with warm water and wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid using strong chemicals or cleaners that contain Methylene chloride or Trichlorethane. 
  • Check with your manufacturer for recommended cleaners or detergents.
  • Quartz is heat resistant and can tolerate temperature up to 100 degrees Celsius.
  • Quartz countertops do not require sealing because their surface is hard and non-porous. They also tend to be scratch resistant.

How to clean and care for countertops with finishes

Condition Solution
General dirt and residues Ammonia-based cleaner, commercial solid surface clearners or soapy water. Avoid using window cleaners. Wipe dry after rinsing.
Hard watermarks Clean up any spills immediately and wipe dry after rinsing.
Stubborn residues Use a deep cleaner to clean stubborn residues, ensuring that you follow instructions. Use soapy water to wash. Rinse and dry well.
Disinfection Use diluted household bleach to wipe the surfaces from once in a while. Use water to rinse the top and dry well.

How to care for your stainless steel countertops

Stainless steel countertops are very hardy. They will hardly fade, rust, stain, or chip. However, proper cleaning and maintenance is required to ensure they last.

  • Avoid using chlorine-based cleaners and steel wool when cleaning. Use a soft, smooth cloth with mild detergent instead. You can also opt for the use of diluted vinegar or baking soda.
  • Clean your stainless steel countertops after every use, and although it may be tempting you should never cut your ingredients directly on the stainless steel tops to prevent scratches.
  • Stainless steel usually develops grains during polishing. Clean along the polish lines if using abrasives.

A note on Sanitation

The greatest worry of any home cook is ‘contamination’. 

If you are concerned about bacterial contamination of your countertop, opt for stainless steel or granite countertops. Scientific studies were carried out to measure bacterial resistance of six materials used in making countertops, and these two materials came on top.

The Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management used E.coli to contaminate the materials (with about two billion micro-organisms) before taking usual care and maintenance measures. The results were as shown:

Surface Microorganisms Eliminated by Cleaning

Material Bacterial Count
Stainless Steel 85,113,804
Granite 79,432,823
Laminate 498,884
Ceramic Tile 293,765
Concrete 32,810
Wood 2,080