You prepare your vegetables there by peeling and cutting them, you cut your meat there, you unroll your dough: your kitchen worktop has a lot to do on a daily basis. Once you have cooked all this, you need to clean your oven or your plate and then your worktop. In this article, see how to keep your countertop clean and maintain it optimally.
1 – Adapt the cleaning of your worktop according to its material
The countertop in a kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most frequently used spaces in the house. You use your plate to cook and there you have it splashing on its surface. This soiling during cooking is quite normal and cannot always be avoided, even with great care. It is obviously important that you quickly remove these food residues so that they do not remain encrusted. The optimal cleaning of your worktop depends on its material. It is possible to distinguish worktops in plastic, real wood, stainless steel or even stone.
2 – Easily clean a worktop containing plastic
The vast majority of work surfaces in kitchens are made from a combination of pressed wood and plastic coating. Plastic surfaces provide excellent maintenance properties and are available in a variety of different looks and colors. It is usually sufficient to wipe down your plastic countertop with a damp sponge and a little washing up liquid. The “scrub” side of your sponge can be used for the most stubborn stains.
3 – Use oil or wax for a wooden worktop
Solid wood worktops add a traditional touch to the kitchen, but take longer to maintain. Wood panels are usually treated with special oil or wax to prevent, for example, colored foods from entering. However, soiling must be removed quickly. Mild soap or soap flakes can be used for gentle cleaning (no detergent, please!). Make sure wood surfaces are dry after cleaning, as moisture can penetrate and the wood can warp. In addition, the wooden worktop should be treated regularly with furniture oil in order to preserve the protective properties of the natural material.
4 – Maintain a stainless steel worktop very simply
Do you think stainless steel is reserved for large kitchens in gourmet restaurants? Yet many private kitchens have shiny surfaces: stainless steel worktops. They are still smooth even after years of use and offer little chance for bacteria to settle and grow there. They are therefore considered particularly hygienic. Cleaning stainless steel is very simple: wipe down the work area with lukewarm water and a little washing up liquid, then dry it. Because standing water on the surface causes unsightly lime stains. You can get rid of lime deposits quickly and easily with a few drops of vinegar cleanser.
5 – Thoroughly clean a stone worktop
Some materials are rarely used in the kitchen because of the difficulty of maintenance. This is the case with stone or granite, which is a material although it has been pre-treated – the stone is impregnated before delivery to prevent liquids from entering the pores on its surface – which must not be damaged during its cleaning. Use lukewarm water to clean and a soft cloth to dry the surface. Various maintenance sprays for stone countertops are available in the market, which can be used for cleaning and prolong the durability of the impregnation.
6 – Easily disinfect a work surface
The question of how to disinfect countertops often arises, especially in households with children. Since children touch so many surfaces in everyday life, they can spread bacteria and viruses more easily. In the cold winter months, when many diseases are circulating, it is always advisable to disinfect the door handles and locks. Whether or not kitchen countertops are disinfected depends on the work being done there. If your countertop comes in contact with raw meat or fish, for example, it should always be wiped dry. This way you are declaring war on pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella in the kitchen. The active ingredients and the ingredients of commercially available disinfectants are based on different mechanisms of action.
These include substances and compounds based on alcohol, chlorine, ammonium and phenol. The use of these disinfectants can cause irreparable damage to furniture and kitchen worktops which can manifest itself in various ways, for example by discoloration, changes in the degree of gloss, swelling, cracks or loosening of the material. Alcohol, chlorine, ammonium and phenol based surface disinfectants are therefore not suitable for use on furniture and kitchen worktops.
7 – Determine the frequency of cleaning the worktop according to the use
How often kitchen countertops need to be cleaned depends, of course, primarily on the frequency and degree of their use. Basically, if you remove food residues and liquids immediately, you won’t have any problems with any dried-on dirt later on. Avoid acidic cleaning products when cleaning and, depending on your countertop material, use the cleaning tips mentioned above. Worktops should be completely cleaned and dusted at least every two weeks. In the often overlooked areas behind toasters, coffee machines and the like, it’s not uncommon for nasty surprises to be hidden!