How to clean kitchen worktops

Good cooking starts with a clean kitchen. Greasy work surfaces aren’t just unpleasant to look at, but they are also unhygienic and can hamper your creativity in the kitchen.

Kitchen countertops get lots of use, so we recommend cleaning them each day. But let’s face it – this kind of regular cleaning can be a drag.

Brits hate cleaning. Recent research from the supermarket Lidl found that most people would choose to have a cleaner for a day (30%) over a spa day (10%) or even a day off work (9%) if they had the choice.

A quick wipe will get rid of food bits that can become pest magnets.

But to make cleaning less like a chore, it helps to have a simple system in place that you can do quickly and with minimal fuss.

Your quick countertop cleaning guide

  • Scrub with lots of hot and soapy water
  • Rinse the surface down
  • Sanitise with your preferred cleaning spray
Rag in a bucket of soapy water.

Hot and soapy

It’s important to remember that some different surfaces need cleaning differently, with some requiring extra special treatment.

Here are examples of several different worksurface materials and how you should treat them.

Cleaning granite worktops

Cleaning with hot and soapy water and your preferred all-purpose cleaner will work well for granite, but make sure you dry the surfaces with a clean cloth when you’re done.

You can remove stains by scrubbing gently with a cream cleaner like Cif, or with a homemade mix of bicarbonate of soda and water. You can also use a nylon bristle brush to get into the grain.

Cleaning ceramic tiles

Cleaning ceramic tiles around walls or surfaces can be tricky, particularly if dirt gets trapped in the grout between tiles.

These areas can be cleaned with a toothbrush and a mixture of one-part bleach to four parts water. When you’re done, wipe the area with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

Cleaning stainless steel worktops

Stainless steel is used widely in commercial kitchens because it is hygienic and easy to clean. But the finger marks may be enough to drive you insane if you have them installed at home.

To remove finger marks on stainless steel, put a dab of cooking or baby oil on a clean cloth and rub the whole surface down.

Cleaning wooden worktops

Wooden worktops take a little bit more work. Because the worktops are porous, you need to give them a bit more a scrub with your hot and soapy water.

You also need to make sure that you reoil kitchen worktops every three months or so to keep them stain and water-resistant.

Cleaning sensitive kitchen areas

There are some spots in your kitchen that require regular cleaning, but which homeowners and housekeepers often forget about.

You won’t need to clean all of these spots every day, but it is important that you stay on top of them.

  • The sink, particularly behind the sink.
  • Underneath your kettle, coffee maker and other appliances.
  • The fridge, particularly the fridge door and any drawers.
  • Sponges and cloths (these should be replaced regularly).
  • Around kitchen knobs and light switches.
  • Cutlery drawers.
  • Draining area and board.

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