How To Clean 5 Common Kitchen Surfaces

Let's face it: Our kitchens take a beating. But that doesn't mean that cleaning them up has to be complicated, expensive, or difficult. Here are five common kitchen materials and simple ways to make them shine again:

  • 1. Plastic Laminate Countertops: As Faith suggested here, it's best to clean textured laminate countertops with a brush and perhaps a mild soap. Stains can be lifted with a 3:1 baking soda / water mixture and it's best to dry the countertop after washing to avoid water damage at the seams.
  • 2. Marble Countertops: It's a traditional countertop material but is often scorned for staining. However, we read up on cleaning marble countertops at the Petch House and found that if you don't mind a little imperfection here and there (isn't that the charm of marble), the material isn't all that finicky. Did you know you can shine a marble countertop with chalk? Just crush a bit of it, dip a damp cloth in the powder, and rub it all over the surface, following with a water rinse.
  • 3. Ceramic Tile Flooring: Sweep regularly and damp mop with a mild detergent. Rinse with warm water. Then, for best shine, wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  • 4. Wood Cabinets: Cabinets are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning, but take a close look and you'll probably find splatters and fingerprints all over them. Clean wood cabinets with a mild hand dishwashing soap and warm water. Afterward, follow up with an oil soap. Then, wipe dry with a soft cloth in the direction of the grain.
  • 5. Stainless Steel: There's really no need for a special, uni-task, aerosol stainless steel cleanser. Just use a damp cloth for everyday, add mild detergent for more serious cleanups, and finish with a vinegar/water mixture to rid the surface of fingerprints.

Please let us know below how you best clean your common kitchen surfaces: Countertop, floor, cabinets, and appliances.

Related: What Is the Best Way To: Clean Laminate Countertops?

(Images: Wilsonart, ecvv.com, Carpet Exchange & Floors, Access Baths, SpectraMetal)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.