Cleaning Kitchen Surfaces – How to Make Five Types of Surface Sparkle

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We’ve all been there.

You’ve spent the night hard at work in the kitchen to create an amazing meal. You’ve eaten and you’ve popped all of the dishes into the dishwasher. If you’re especially adventurous you may have even washed them by hand.

Then, you take a look at your kitchen surfaces…

There are stains all over the place. And even if there aren’t, you know that you’ve got to keep them clean to make your food preparation as safe as possible.

But there’s an added wrinkle.

There are all sorts of kitchen surfaces out there. And the methods that you’re going to use to clean one may not work as well for others.

What do you do?

That’s the question that we hope to answer with this article. We’re going to look at five of the most common kitchen surfaces and what you need to do to make them sparkle.

Surface #1 – Stainless Steel

Let’s start with the easiest of the lot.

Stainless steel is the material used in a lot of commercial kitchens for the simple reason that it’s really easy to clean.

Typically, you’re not going to need much more than a bit of soap and water to get these surfaces looking good again. Some traditionalists may also use vinegar as the acids in the liquid have an antibacterial property. In fact, you’ll often see staff cleaning metal surfaces with vinegar and a bit of kitchen roll.

The key here is that you don’t use anything that could scratch the surface. That means scouring isn’t an option. In fact, scratching the surface creates hygiene problems as a deep enough scratch could provide a space for bacteria to lurk in.

Now, contrary to its name, it’s very possible to create a stain on stainless steel. And with scouring out of the picture, you’ve got to approach these stains delicately.

We recommend using a combination of baking soda and dishwashing soap. This creates a paste that you can apply to the stain. Leave it for a while and then use a clean cloth to wipe away the stain. It should usually come away pretty easily.

Surface #2 – Laminate

The cost-effective nature of laminate makes it a popular option in many kitchens. And much like stainless steel, it’s a fairly easy type of surface to clean. Usually, you can use a combination of a regular household cleaner and a damp cloth to ensure these surfaces look the part.

However, you definitely don’t want to use vinegar. Harsh alkaline and acid products have the potential to damage the surface. The same goes for scouring as laminate scratches just as easily as steel under that sort of pressure.

A paste of baking soda and water should do the job if you end up with any stubborn stains on this type of surface. You have to be careful with the baking soda though as it has some abrasive properties. Scrubbing it into the surface could result in you pulling up some of the laminate as well.

Surface #3 – Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic has become much less popular as a kitchen surface over the last few decades. However, some older or more stylised kitchens may use ceramic tiles, in addition to the tiles that you may find on the walls.

Wherever they are, you need to make sure that you clean them properly so that they don’t contaminate your food.

The tiles themselves are a fairly easy proposition. In fact, you can use the same cleaning techniques for the tiles as you do for laminated surfaces.

But the real challenge here comes from the grout between the tiles. That can act as a breeding ground for bacteria. Worse yet, it’s something that many people pass over when they’re cleaning.

To get the grout clean, you’re going to need a toothbrush and a solution of water and bleach. The toothbrush lets you really get into the grout and give it a good scrub, which should be enough to get rid of any gunk that collects in these areas.

After using the brush, it’s also important to give the tiles a once over with a damp cloth. After all, bleach particles can be just as dangerous as bacteria when they get onto food.

Surface #4 – Granite/Marble

One of the most popular types of kitchen surface, granite/marble has an attractive natural sheen that makes people fall in love with it easily.

The good news is that cleaning it is pretty easy too. Again, using the same techniques as you used for laminated surfaces should do the job if you’re just doing a basic clean.

When it comes to getting rid of stains, you’ll want to use the mix of baking soda and water to handle any oil stains. Water stains are a bit tougher to deal with though, as they require the use of hydrogen peroxide.

In both cases, you should apply the paste you create and cover it with some plastic wrap. Allow the concoction to sit for a few hours before wiping it away. The stain should come away with it.

Surface #5 – Wood

Wood is another popular choice in the kitchen and the sealed nature of these countertops makes them fairly simple to clean.

Vinegar can be your friend here again. Diluting a small amount of white vinegar in water gives you a cleaning solution that should work out great for your wood surfaces. If any food sticks to these surfaces, you should be able to remove it easily enough with a spatula.

Stains have a more unique solution when it comes to wood. First, sprinkle a little bit of salt over the stain. Then, take a lemon and cut it in half. Use one of the lemon halves to spread juice over the stain. It will react with the salt to create a super-effective stain remover. A quick wipe down with some vinegar should see the stain disappear.

The Final Word

With this advice, you should be able to give your kitchen surfaces that sparkle that shows you that they’re ready for food preparation.

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