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5 cleaning products that can damage kitchen countertops

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5 cleaning products that can damage kitchen countertops

Some cleaning products used on kitchen countertops might inadvertently shorten their lifespan…

Experts have disclosed that certain common cleaning agents, including bleach-based cleaners and acidic “natural” cleaners, can damage materials like quartz and granite. In the UK, proper kitchen countertop maintenance requires a careful selection of cleaning methods and products.

Plumbworld, have revealed to ATV Today Lifestyle the five types of cleaning products to be cautious of, based on the materials most commonly found in UK kitchens. This comprehensive guide underscores the importance of selecting the right cleaning products and practices to maintain the beauty and longevity of kitchen countertops in the UK.

Too much of a bad thing…

  1. Bleach-Based Cleaners: Although effective for disinfection, bleach is harsh and can damage the surface of many countertop materials. Regular use can lead to discolouration and degradation of the sealant on natural stone countertops like granite or marble.
  2. Acidic “Natural” Cleaners: Homemade cleaners containing lemon, orange, or vinegar might seem like a safe, natural choice, but their acidic nature can etch and dull the finish on natural stone countertops. This issue isn’t limited to homemade varieties; any cleaning product with a pH level far from neutral (7) – whether acidic or alkaline – can be detrimental.
  3. Harsh Degreasers: For materials such as quartz, which are engineered for durability and low maintenance, using a harsh degreaser can be counterproductive. Although specific degreasers are safe for quartz, indiscriminate use of strong cleaning agents can damage the resin bond in quartz countertops.
  4. Abrasive Scrubs and Pads: Not a “chemical” product per se, using abrasive scrubs or pads for cleaning can scratch the surface of many countertop materials, including laminate, quartz, and certain polished stones. These scratches can make the surfaces more susceptible to staining and other damage over time.
  5. Adhesive Removers Like Goo Gone: Effective for removing tough stains or residues, products like Goo Gone need to be used with care, especially on quartz and similar surfaces. While they can be part of a solution for stubborn stains, they should be applied according to specific instructions to avoid damaging the countertop’s finish.

Alternatives…

For Quartz Countertops:

  • Method Daily Granite: A popular choice for cleaning quartz, this product is gentle and effective for daily maintenance.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol: Works well for sanitising and removing stubborn stains without damaging the quartz surface.
  • Non-Abrasive Degreasers: Ideal for oil spills, gentle alcohol-based degreasers can clean without harming the quartz.

For Quartzite Countertops:

  • Marblelife Granite Countertop Cleaner: Eco-friendly and specifically designed for natural stone, this cleaner removes oils and adhesives without leaving residue.
  • Stone Care International Granite Stone Cleaner and Polish Combo: Provides a safe and effective way to clean and maintain the shine of quartzite surfaces.
  • Weiman Granite Daily Clean and Shine with Disinfectant: Not only cleans but also disinfects the surface, killing a wide range of germs.

General Care Tips:

  • Avoid using abrasive pads, which can scratch the surface of most countertops.
  • Immediately clean up spills, especially acidic or pigmented substances, to prevent staining.
  • Use cutting boards to avoid scratches from knives or damage from hot pots.
  • Regularly seal (for natural stone surfaces) to protect against stains and damage.

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