How To Care For Your Kitchen Surfaces

Your kitchen is probably one of the busiest rooms in your home. It's a high-traffic area and the surfaces, in particular, take a beating. Proper care and cleaning will go a long way in keeping your kitchen looking like new. Here's what you need to know about caring for the different surfaces in your home:

Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are easily cleaned with mild soap and a brush. If the area is stained, try a three-parts baking soda, one-part water mixture for a deeper clean. If water is left standing at the seams, you may see warping or other damage, so make sure countertops are dried thoroughly after cleaning.

Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are a popular choice for kitchens. The most important tip is to avoid any kind of cleaner with acid or lemon juice. TheKitchn recommends spraying a mixture of warm water and gentle dish soap to keep these surfaces clean. You can also shine them up, surprisingly, by adding crushed chalk to a damp cloth and rubbing all over the surface before rinsing with water.

Ceramic Tiles

Your tile floor should be swept regularly and cleaned with a damp mop and mild soap. For a nice shiny finish, dry the floors with a soft cloth. An old, large bath or beach towel works great!

Stainless Steel

If there's ever been a magnet for fingerprints, it's a stainless steel appliance! You can purchase special formula for cleaning your stainless steel in most grocery stores. You can also just use a damp cloth for every day cleaning. If fingerprints are driving you crazy, a simple vinegar and water solution will help.

Porcelain Sinks

Porcelain sinks can be beautiful, but they can also take on scratches and stains easily. After cleaning your sink with soap and warm water, you can take care of stains with a cleaning solution like Bar Keeper's Friend.

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