Tips and Guides

Kitchen Counter Maintenance

Keep your counters clean and clutter-free with these cleaning tips


The kitchen counter is where food is prepared and where we store small kitchen appliances. To keep the entire kitchen tidy, it is important that the counter is kept neat at all times to avoid germs. Keep in mind that different materials require different cleaning methods. Familiarize yourself with these materials and how you can clean them.

Main photo by Jun Pinzon.

General Maintenance
  • Wipe spills immediately! The faster you clean them, the easier it will be removed. 
  • Do not chop food directly on your countertop. Use a chopping board to protect your counter from scratches.
  • Avoid pounding meat on the countertop as it might cause cracks and chips. You can use a chopping board to protect the counter. When preparing small ingredients, make sure you use mortar and pestle.
  • Don't forget to use coasters to avoid stains and ring marks. 

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are often used for kitchen countertops. Keep it clean by wiping the area with mild dishwashing liquid and a damp cloth. If there are stains that are hard to remove, prepare a homemade baking soda solution to remove the stain. As much as possible, avoid scrubbing harshly as this might damage the glaze of your counter. 

Butcher Block

Made from wood, this type of counter is easy to maintain and clean. Dip the cloth in fresh lemon juice or white vinegar to remove stains and deodorize the counter. To keep the material looking brand new, use a mixture of mineral oil and hot water. 


Concrete counters are thick and heat-resistant. If there are spills on the counter, avoid using an acidic cleaner because this might leave marks. Use a damp cloth with a non-abrasive liquid to remove the stain, instead.


Counters made from a stone are easy to clean because it can withstand heat and scratches. When cleaning this material, avoid using chlorine bleach because it can affect the pigment of the counter. Simply clean it with a damp cloth to remove stains. 

Photo by At Maculangan.

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