Maintaining your kitchen worktop is important in preserving its looks, function, and lifespan. Read on for ADL Granite & Marble’s expert guide on how to keep yours in pristine condition.
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1. Wipe Spills Immediately
Be quick to clean up any spills or stains on your worktops using a clean cloth or sponge. Acting quickly and properly helps to prevent any discolouration or damage before they have a chance to set in.
2. Use Mild Cleaners
Choose a mild, non-abrasive cleaner, preferably one that is specifically for worktops. This helps dislodge and remove dirt and stains without damaging the surface.
3. Clean With Warm Water
Dilute your cleaner with warm water. Then, use it with a clean cloth or sponge to gently clean the surface. Make sure that you clean all of the worktops and that you do not apply too much pressure as that can lead to scratches.
4. Dry Properly
After you have finished cleaning, use a dry cloth or hand towel to dry your kitchen worktop toughly. It is important that you do this in order the prevent damage, staining, and bacteria for leaving water on a surface.
Check the sealing on your kitchen worktop to ensure that there is no space for water to seep into. You should do this once when you move into a properly, or when you first have the worktop installed. After which, you should check over these seals at least once a month. Doing so will allow you to spot the early signs of wear or decay that signal a need for resealing.
Keeping your worktop seals in order prevents the build-up of water and bacteria in impossible-to-reach nooks. It is hygienic and preserves your worktop’s lifespan.
6. Avoid Harsh Chemicals
It can be tempting to buy stronger, harsher cleaners for your kitchen worktop. These cleaners are often more effective at removing dirt and stains quickly. This, in turn, makes for what seems like an easier clean. However, those cleaners can potentially corrode and damage the surface they are supposed to maintain.
Make sure to stick with a cleaner that is recommended for your surface to maintain its appearance, function, and lifespan in the long term.
7. Make Sure To Use Cutting Boards
Use cutting boards to protect your worktop. This puts a barrier between your food and your kitchen worktop. In turn, this prevents you from staining it with the food or damaging it with knives or heat.
8. Regular Inspections
Routinely inspect your worktops for signs of damage or wear. Address minor issues promptly to prevent them from worsening.
Should you find serious signs of wear and tear, don’t leave them to fester. Professional worktop servicing repairs and rejuvenates damaged worktops, allowing them to continue being used.
10. No Excessive Weight
Your kitchen worktop may feel solid, but not all of them are suitable for heavy objects. It is always a good idea to know what the recommended weight limit is. You can find this limit, either within the leaflet you are given after installation or from the manufacturer themselves.
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