How to Clean Countertops

Keeping your kitchen countertops clean seems like it would be a simple thing to do, but the right method of cleaning depends on the type of countertop you have…laminate, formica or granite.

I’ll show you how to clean countertops, using the best cleaning products for your type of counter, which will be sure to make your entire kitchen look clean and organized! (Please note that this post contains affiliate links.)

hand wiping dirty countertop with a kitchen sponge

Start by Decluttering

The first thing to think about when trying to clean your countertops is to declutter. Most of the time, our kitchens turn into dumping grounds for our mail, school papers, leftover coffee mugs…you name it, it’s probably ended up in your kitchen at one time or another.

We also tend to want to leave most or all of our kitchen appliances out on our counters for easy access, not to mention any decorative items that we might have out on the counter. While this does tend to make our cooking a bit easier, having so much out on the counter tends to make our kitchens look cluttered and messy.

Related: Kitchen Organizing Ideas

Before you start giving your countertops a really good cleaning, take a few minutes to think about what items you have out on your counters. Do you really use every appliance daily, or would it be possible to store some of those away in your pantry or kitchen cabinets? Better yet, is it possible to donate any of those appliances that are not used very often to your local charity, in order to free up space?

wicker basket on kitchen counter with papers inside

You may also want to designate a basket in your kitchen for any paper that comes into your house. I keep a long, flat basket on my kitchen counter for any mail or school papers that come into the house. It’s a great way to keep all my papers from spreading all over the place, plus, I know where everything is when I need it.

How to Clean Laminate or Formica Countertops

Once you have your countertops decluttered the best you can, the next step is to wipe the countertops down. Most days, I wipe down my counters as part of my dinner dishes routine. With very little on my counters to move out of the way, the process goes very quickly.

Using a countertop spray, like this Caldrea Countertop Spray, makes quick work of any greasy spots, and leaves the kitchen smelling nice and fresh. Because it is plant-based, it is safe to use on kitchen surfaces and doesn’t need to be rinsed off.

If you have any stains on your laminate countertops, you’ll want to try removing them with a bit of baking soda. Sprinkle the baking soda sparingly over the stain, then scrub with a damp cloth. Be sure to avoid any bleach, as it might discolor your countertop.

How to Clean Granite Countertops

Cleaning granite countertops is very much like cleaning laminate or formica countertops, with one big exception: don’t use any abrasives to clean your granite. This means no baking soda or an abrasive sponge, as these things can scratch the granite and permanently damage the countertop.

It’s also best to steer clear of anything acidic, like vinegar or lemon juice, when cleaning your granite countertop. A mild detergent or countertop spray is the best thing to use on granite. A mixture of water and rubbing alcohol also works well to disinfect a granite countertop.

Daily countertop maintenance

cleaning products sitting on kitchen counter

Keeping your counters clutter-free and wiped down each day goes a long way to maintaining a clean kitchen. Even if your floor is a little dusty or there are a few dishes in your sink, clean counters make the whole kitchen feel a lot cleaner.

Pick a time of day to go over your countertops, getting rid of any clutter, placing mail or other paper in your basket, then quickly wiping the counters down. I tend to do this each night as I clean up from dinner, and it really helps to keep everything from piling up into a huge mess that would take hours to clean.

I hope these tips on how to clean countertops are helpful for you! Be sure to check out the other posts in my How to Clean a House series for more cleaning tips.

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10 thoughts on “How to Clean Countertops”

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    Great cleaning tips Erin. I use my e-cloth for cleaning most of the time but at least once a month I use a counter cleaner or my steam cleaner. I was happy to see that Grove Collaborative sells e-cloths too.

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    My countertop right now is filled with way to much clutter. It is the first thing inside the back door. Makes for some chaos!

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      You’re right…clutter can make your home feel chaotic, can’t it? That’s why I’m constantly fighting it, trying to get rid of extra stuff before it takes hold and breeds 🙂

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