Project Guide

How to Clean Countertops

1
Preventative Measures
A kitchen counter with sink
  • Kitchen countertops are most often damaged with hot appliances or knives. 
  • Invest in a large cutting board and thick pot holders to protect your surface.
2
Pre-Clean the Surface
A roll of paper towels on a kitchen counter

Dust or sweep off any crumbs or residue before using a cleaning agent to ensure you get the best clean.

3
Clean the Surface
A person cleaning a counter with a rag while wearing gloves
  • Clean the countertop surface with a damp, nonabrasive cotton cloth and a mild, pH neutral liquid detergent or household cleaner. 
  • Rinse with clean water. 
  • Dry the surface with a fresh cotton cloth.
4
Clean Remaining Stains
A person wiping away baking soda solution from a counter
  • If a stain remains, apply a paste of baking soda and warm water to the area.  
  • Allow the paste to pull out the stain. 
  • Don’t rub the paste because it will be slightly abrasive. 
  • After a few minutes, wipe the paste away and rinse with clean water. 
  • A grout stain remover may be needed to restore the original grout color for stained tile countertops.
5
Resealing Granite Countertops and Marble Countertops
Detail of a wet countertop
  • You may need to reseal your granite or marble countertop after a certain amount of time. 
  • As a general test, add a few drops of warm water to the surface of your countertop. 
  • If the water absorbs into the stone in under 3 to 4 minutes, it may need sealing. 
  • Choose a sealer that will protect your countertop and can be easily removed. 
  • Buff it in until you have a nice, shiny surface.