Taking care of your counters with proper countertop care and maintenance will ensure your kitchen last for a very long time. KOB brings you some tips on how to take care of the best of your new countertops.

LAMINATE

Laminate countertops are easy to maintain. Wipe them with a clean damp cloth for everyday care. If you are looking to disinfect them, you can try various antibacterial cleaners or wipes.

When cleaning, ensure you are careful around edges and seems and side splashes, as they are not watertight. Standing liquid or moisture penetration can cause significant problems in these areas.

All heat should be avoided with laminate countertops, so remember to always use a heat pad or trivet for warm and hot items. Also, always use a cutting board with laminate countertops, as they are not scratch resistant and can scratch quite easily.

GRANITE

For daily cleaning, simply use a clean cloth with warm soap and water.

Some granite requires monthly seal maintenance, which is less daunting than you would think. Products like a 3-in-1 spray cleaner work great for this, as they are made to polish and protect your beautiful granite.

Granite is heat resistant, but not heatproof. It is recommended to always use a heat pad or trivet for warm/hot items, electric frying pans, crock pots, or roaster ovens. Also, it is very scratch-resistant, but it is recommended to use a cutting board. Your knives will also thank you.

If you have any spills, immediately clean them up. If you let things sit, this can sometimes etch the seal and stain your granite.

QUARTZ

Quartz is a beautiful non-porous surface, perfect for the busy household. For daily cleaning and care, a little soap and water, or a touch of mild detergent with a clean cloth, is all you need.

It is recommended to always use a heat pad or trivet for warm/hot items, electric frying pans, crock pots, or roaster ovens. Sudden and rapid changes in temperature can easily damage quartz.

Strong chemicals should also be avoided with quartz countertops, as those chemicals can permanently damage the quartz. Aggressive and abrasive cleaning agents that are used for glass cooktops, ovens, grills, and specialized cleaners for stainless steel pots should never be used.

Clean any spills immediately before they have a chance to dry.