How to Clean Bathroom Countertops
Countertops are one of the focal points and perhaps the most frequently touched surface in the bathroom. Because they're subject to everything from water stains to hairspray residue to toothpaste globs, countertop cleaning is especially important.
Even though different countertop materials will have slightly different cleaning needs, there are two baseline rules for cleaning bathroom countertops made of stone:
- Steer clear of acidic cleaning products
- Never clean with abrasive cleaning tools
Solutions like white vinegar, glass cleaner, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide can dull and weaken the sealants that stone countertop materials often have. Moreover, tools like steel wool and abrasive scrubbing pads can scratch the surface and leave you with difficult and costly repairs.
Another popular technique that can clean granite countertops in the bathroom, but won't help much in polishing is a dish soap and water mixture. If you wash with liquid dish soap, it leaves behind a thin layer of residue. Over time, this layer is likely to get thick enough to dull the surface you've been cleaning.
Homemade stone cleaning product aficionados often insist on cleaning bathroom countertop stains by applying a baking soda paste, covering the paste with plastic wrap, and sealing the edges with tape. The catch is that you have to wait until the paste dries to continue cleaning, which can take up to a couple of days.
The best way to clean your bathroom countertops and keep them looking brand new for years is to clean them regularly with a non-abrasive cleaning solution. To prevent stains, wipe up spills as soon as you notice them, and use Simple Green Granite & Stone Cleaner to give your counters the look and cleanliness your bathroom deserves.
It's recommended that you clean your countertops daily and disinfect them twice a week. Simple Green Clean Finish is a great option for this.
You'll also need to reseal your countertops every two to four years, depending on the material. Everyday wear-and-tear slowly wears down the sealant, making stone look dull and more vulnerable to stains.
Directions for Cleaning Bathroom Countertops:When in doubt about a surface, always spot test a small, non-prominent area first, such as the underside of the ledge on your counter.
- Clear countertops. Move containers and other items onto a different surface.
- Spray the countertop. Apply Simple Green Granite & Stone Cleaner to the countertop.
- Scrub, if necessary. Use a non-abrasive sponge or soft cloth to thoroughly clean the surface without leaving scratches behind.
- Wipe away. Thoroughly wipe down the counter with a damp sponge, non-abrasive cloth, or paper towel to ensure you're left with a residue-free surface.
- Air dry. Allow the surface to dry before replacing countertop items.
- For best results, follow each cleaning with Simple Green Granite & Stone Polish.