Outdoor Countertops Maintenance Guide
As with any other structures exposed to the elements, outdoor kitchen countertops need to be regularly cleaned and maintained. However, the cleaning methods vary according to the countertop material, so knowing how to clean each type of surface can be confusing. Worry not! Here is a list of three popular countertop materials and the best way to clean them.
Cleaning Three Popular Surface Materials
Natural Stone Countertops
By all means, avoid cleaning chemicals at all costs. Instead, use water and a mild application of dishwashing detergent to lift stains from natural stone surfaces.
In the case of dirt build-up in the crevasses, you can use a soft bristle brush and the same solution of water and dish soap to remove the dirt.
These countertops are made from stain–resistant polymers and often referred to as engineered stone. They can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Even so, as with any other material, it is better to wipe up spills as soon as you notice them so that they don’t dry on the surface, resulting in stubborn stains.
For more persistent stains, use a non-abrasive cleaning pad and glass cleaner.
Stainless Steel Countertops
To clean countertops made of stainless steel, you can either use stainless steel cleaners or homemade cleaners that will get you the same results as chemical products.
Household cleaners like mild soap can be used, but have to be rinsed away with water. Never let water sit, as it will leave spots or brown stains on the surface.
Note: We recommend covering your countertops and outdoor kitchen appliances during the winter days if the patio is not already under a roof. This will provide extra protection against, snow, ice, wind, and water.
With these simple tips, you will keep your outdoor kitchen countertops looking good for longer.
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