Have Wood Countertops? Here Is How To Take Care Of Them

Are you a fan of wood countertops? If that is the case then you probably have them somewhere in your home – either in your kitchen, bathroom or even in your living room you need to know how to maintain them looking clean!

If you have wood countertops in your kitchen then knowing how to take proper care of them is even more crucial because they are exposed to food, spills, stains, heat and all types of other possible things which might damage their appearance.

Wipe them often

Probably the best way to ensure your wood countertops look good is to simply wipe them with a microfiber cloth often. You need to remove crumbs, dust, dirt, and all sorts of impurities so that they don’t become a problem in the future.

I recommend you make a mixture of water and vinegar as a cleaning solution you can use when wiping them. This is also a great way to disinfect the surface since vinegar is safe and won’t damage the finish. Do not use bleach or any other commercial disinfectants or cleaners that contain bleach because it is too strong for the wood.

If you hate vinegar or the smell of it you can also mix lemon juice with water which is another great alternative which will act as a disinfectant as well as a cleaning solution.

Remove stains only when you have determined the finish

Determine the finish of your wood countertops – it is the most important thing you need to do before attempting to remove stains.

How to do that? Well, rub your fingers across the surface. If it feels rough then the finish is oil, if it feels smooth then it is a film finish.

Now that you have determined the finish you can remove stains. If you want to get rid of watermarks which are quite common here is how to do it! If the finish is film then the marks will be white – and you can spread olive oil or mayonnaise on the affected area and leave that overnight. In the morning you need to wipe the excess and then clean the area with a mixture of water and vinegar.

What about other stains?

If you are worried about wine, oil, fruit stains or similar ones you can scrub the affected area with baking soda and a soft cloth. The baking soda won’t scratch the surface so don’t worry.

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