Granite, Wood & Stone – Oh My!

Granite, Wood & Stone – Oh My!

Ariel Knutson
Sep 3, 2014
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Day 18 Task: Clean the Countertops, Backsplash, and Floor

Things are starting to feel really great in my kitchen. The anxiety I originally had when opening a cupboard to find something in the pantry, or looking for a cleaning item, is now gone. The final clean for The Kitchn Cure comes down to the big picture things: the floors, countertops, and backsplash. Let's do it.

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The first thing I did was break down all the surfaces into how they should be cleaned. I have stone floors, granite countertops, a wooden butcher block island, and a plain plaster backsplash. These are the cleaning guides I found on The Kitchn.

I used a mild dish soap to clean the granite countertops and the backsplash. The granite countertops were a breeze, but I found some unwanted gunk or oil on the wall behind the oven. That took some time to clean.

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I really hate the stone floor in my kitchen. Some of the tiles are broken and wobbly. Ideally I would have this adorable pink rug from Plastica to cover up how ugly the floor is, but the rug is a bit out of my price range and currently out of stock in a smaller size. Oh well.

Instead I swept the floors, swiffered, and then got down on my hands and knees and tackled the tough spots with a sponge. The little things, amiright?

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Next it was time to confront the stains on my wooden butcher block. This kitchen island from IKEA is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my apartment. It was an investment piece, but I have been super happy with the amount of space and surface area.

Instead of doing a light clean of the butcher block, I decided to sand down and oil the whole thing.

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I got out my sanding paper and scrubbed the whole thing down, making sure to really get any of those dark black spots you see in the above photo.

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Then I took some butcher block conditioner, drizzled it all over the butcher block, and gave it a nice rub. I let it sit for a couple hours, and then I added more conditioner and rubbed it in again. Good as new.

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How did you tackle your surfaces for The Kitchn Cure? Anything hard or unusual that you encountered?

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