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How to Clean Kitchen Surfaces and Kitchen Worktops
There are a few standard types of materials used for the make of kitchen worktops and for the cover of the kitchen walls. They are all easy to clean from the grease although some of them can be badly damaged around the sink if the water is not cleaned immediately after use, due to the limestone contained in the water. If the kitchen surfaces are damaged, there are not cleaning materials that can repair them and you'll have to use the service of a restoration company.
The best you can do is to clean the kitchen worktops after each use or at least clean them daily. This way it won't take a long time and you can use a damp moppet and just a drop of washing liquid to remove the marks and then dry the cleaned work areas.
Granite kitchen worktops: This material is widely used in the kitchen as it is stain resistant and durable. The granite is also very easy to clean. Don't use scratchy sponges when cleaning it, only a damp moppet or a cloth, with a drop of washing liquid, if necessary. You can also use an industrial granite surface cleaner but make sure to clean well with damp cloth and then dry the surface, especially if you have small children.
Ceramic tiles kitchen surfaces and walls: Stains on ceramic tiles could easily be cleaned with a kitchen cleaner. Spray the surfaces with the cleaner and leave it to work for a few minutes to loosen the grease. Very gently as to not damage the surface, clean with a sponge, wipe well with a damp cloth and wipe dry the ceramic worktops. The grouting between the ceramic tiles could be cleaned with bleach solution, one part bleach to three parts water. Apply to the areas and use a toothbrush to scrub well. Clean with water and wipe with a dry cloth.
Stainless steel kitchen surfaces: You can use an industrial stainless steel cleaner, following the instructions on the package. The other way of cleaning is with a non-scratching sponge, moistened with a bit of washing liquid and warm water. After stains and marks have been removed, wipe dry with a microfiber cloth. For polishing the surface, apply a little baby oil with a dry clean cloth and spread evenly over the surface.
Laminate kitchen worktops: Grease, stains and marks can be cleaned with kitchen cleaner. Spray all over the surfaces, let the cleaner work for a few minutes, scrub with non-scratching sponge and clean with a damp cloth. For stubborn stains you can use a bleach solution of one part thick bleach and three parts warm water. Rinse with water and wipe with a dry cloth.
Solid wood kitchen worktops: These kitchen surfaces require regular oiling otherwise the wood soaks up the water and as a result swells and falls apart. For oiling use your chosen type of oil, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Plastic kitchen surfaces: Very easy to clean, only with a damp moppet or microfiber cloth. If necessary, add a drop of washing liquid. For stubborn stains from red wine or coffee on white plastic kitchen worktops, use bleach solution made of one part thick bleach and three parts water, rinse well and wipe dry. Do not use scratching sponges or scourers as they damage the kitchen surfaces.