New Countertop Tips: What to Avoid

Investing in new countertops can be costly, depending on the material you use in your remodel. Regularly cleaning them is vital, but there are also things you need to avoid in order to prevent premature breakdown and unnecessary wear. Take a look at some of the ways you could be harming your countertops and what you can do to avoid them.

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Harsh Cleaning Products

All cleaning products are not made equal. Some are better for certain materials than others, and if you’re using a product that includes harsh chemicals, you may be damaging the surface without even knowing it. For stone and granite countertops, avoid cleaners that contain a significant amount of bleach or ammonia, as these chemicals can cause the surfaces to lose their luster. If you clean your countertops regularly enough, some warm water and soap can be highly effective in keeping your surfaces shiny and beautiful.

Acidic Liquids and Foods

Some new countertops, such as those made out of marble, are sensitive to acidic foods and liquids. Any contact with acidic material may cause dull spots and wear away the surface or polish. Some acidic products that may be harming your countertops include:

  • Lemons
  • Wine
  • Tomato sauce
  • Vinegar

If you get any of these things on your marble countertops, immediately wipe them away with water and sprinkle baking soda over the spot to neutralize it. You’ll notice that two acidic items from this list are sometimes used in cleaning products. Because of this, it’s important to use special cleaners that are safe for use on your countertop material.

Leaning on Edges

Although countertops and other surfaces should be sturdy, most are not invincible to excessive weight or pressure. Continually leaning on the edges of your laminate countertops can cause problems down the road. Additionally, opening bottles on the edge of your countertop can also be harmful. The surface will weaken over time and become more vulnerable to chips and breakage. Always avoid leaning or putting your weight on countertops – especially near the edges.

Excessive Moisture

Countertops see plenty of spills and moisture, whether you’re cooking in the kitchen or washing your hands in the bathroom. These surfaces are most often designed to withstand that moisture, but leaving water on the surface for long periods of time can lead to weak spots and deterioration. The latter is especially a concern if your home’s water is rich in minerals. Hard water can also cause stains and buildup on counter surfaces if left to stand.

Looking for New Countertops in Maryland?

When your countertops have endured many years of use or damage, replacement countertops are your best bet. The J.F. Johnson Lumber Company has a wide variety of countertop products and materials in stock, and we can help you renew your home’s surfaces with helpful design advice and the right tools. Contact us today to learn more about the home countertop products we have for sale!


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