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Care and Maintenance Guide for Countertops

Investing in quality countertops enhances the aesthetics and functionality of your space. Proper care and maintenance can extend the life of your countertops, regardless of the material. Whether you have granite, quartz, marble, or other surfaces, these general guidelines will help you keep them looking their best. 

Close up of a hand cleaning a granite countertop with a soft cloth and water

1. Countertop Daily Cleaning:

To maintain the beauty of your countertops, make daily cleaning a habit. Use a soft, damp cloth or sponge to wipe away spills as soon as they happen. Avoid abrasive materials that could scratch the surface. For tougher stains, a mild dish soap mixed with warm water usually does the trick. 


2. Best Cleaning Agents for Countertops:

When choosing cleaning agents, opt for pH-balanced, non-abrasive cleaners. Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia, as they can damage the surface over time. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning products. 


3. Sealing Your Countertops:

Regularly sealing your countertops helps protect them from stains and damage. This is particularly important for natural stones like granite and marble. If you neglect to seal your countertops, they become susceptible to absorption of liquids, leading to potential discoloration and damage. 


4. Protecting yout Countertop from Heat and Impact:

Protect your countertops from direct heat by using trivets or hot pads for hot pans and pots. While many countertop materials are heat-resistant, prolonged exposure to extreme heat can still cause damage. Additionally, use cutting boards to prevent scratches from knives or other sharp objects. 


5. Avoiding Common Culprits:

Be mindful of acidic substances like vinegar, lemon juice, or tomato sauce, as they can etch certain countertop materials. Also, avoid placing heavy or sharp objects directly on the surface to prevent chips and cracks. 


While this guide takes a more general approach we have taken the time to create more specific guides. Read this post to learn more about how to clean a marble surface, or this post to read about care and maintenance of granite countertops.  

  Tips for maintaining the beauty of your kitchen and bathroom countretop.


Taking proper care of your countertops involves a combination of regular cleaning, cautious use, and preventive measures. When looking for quality stones for your countertops, consider exploring the variety of stones offered by Hilltop Surfaces. Our expertise and range of materials make us a valuable resource for anyone looking to enhance the beauty and longevity of their homes. Feel free to contact us for more information and personalized recommendations.