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Tips On How To Clean Your Bathroom Countertops

  • Zak 
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The only way to preserve the pristine and stunning condition of your bathroom countertops is to clean them thoroughly. But, if you’re too harsh or abrasive, it could have an adverse effect and damage your countertops. For this reason, I decided to curate a list of the best tips on how to clean your bathroom countertops.

More than anything, what matters is consistency. If you can clean your countertops once per week, you should be able to avoid most signs of aging, discoloration, or damage for many years. 

Here’s a quick look at the list of tips on how to clean your bathroom countertops:

  1. Gather the necessary supplies.
  2. Use a gentle or non-abrasive cleaner with a good pH balance.
  3. Clear and dust the countertops before washing.
  4. Dilute cleaning products with water before use.
  5. Scrub gently.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  7. Repeat the process to remove stubborn stains.
  8. Dry the countertops.
  9. Use a multipurpose shiner to restore the appearance of the countertop.
  10. Use a microfiber cloth to shine.

With that being said, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of each of these tips on how to clean your bathroom countertops.

Best Tips For Cleaning Bathroom Countertops

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1. Gather the necessary supplies

The best way to clean is in an organized and intentional manner. 

To clean countertops and prevent them from being stained or discolored, you will need a mild cleaner, a soft bristle brush, warm clean water, a rag, and a dry cloth along with a shiner. 

Organize your supplies in the appropriate order so that you can use them efficiently and effectively.

2. Use a gentle or non-abrasive cleaner with a good pH balance

One of the reasons why countertops experience damage and discoloration is because of cleaning products that utilize harsh and abrasive chemicals like bleach and ammonia.

To avoid stripping off or wearing down the sealant or top coat, you should invest in a mild or gentle cleaner that is non-abrasive and has a good pH balance.

In some cases, I would go so far as to advise homeowners to use a natural-based cleaner consisting of baking soda, vinegar, or even freshly squeezed lemon juice to remove stains and grime from their bathroom countertops without damaging them.

It is very important to consider the type of material used to make the bathroom countertop when selecting cleaning products.

What may work on granite may be too harsh or ineffective on wood. 

Inspect the label to determine if it is effective and compatible with the type of bathroom countertops in your home.

3. Clear and dust the countertops before washing

If you apply water to a surface that is dirty with debris, dust, dirt, or other sticky substances, it will create a sticky paste that is harder to remove and clean.

To avoid this problem and to minimize the amount of cleaning chemicals you need to use on the countertop, clear and dust them before you start cleaning. 

4. Dilute cleaning products with water before use

In general, you should always dilute cleaning products with water before use to reduce the harshness or abrasiveness of the chemicals.

Also, most of these cleaners have the ability to soap up, allowing you to clean and scrub the countertop from corner to corner without using too much of the cleaning agent.

5. Scrub gently

The last thing you want to do is scrub countertops roughly and harshly. You’ll end up etching away at the surface and damaging the texture. 

For this reason, you should only use a soft bristle brush.

Using a wide circular motion is considered the best scrubbing technique for removing stubborn grime and stains from surfaces.

6. Rinse thoroughly with warm water

Once you’ve scrubbed the entire countertop and the soapy water has covered the entire surface area, let it sit for a few seconds before washing it with warm water.

This should remove most of the dirt, stains, and soapy water from the countertop.

If you can’t splash water onto the countertop, grab a bucket of clean water and a clean rag. Soak the rag in the water and start wiping off the soapy water from the surface. 

7. Repeat the process to remove stubborn stains

If you notice that there are still some signs of dirt, stains, or grime on the bathroom countertop, I recommend repeating this process before seeking out harsher or stronger chemicals.

Sometimes, the second attempt is enough to remove the residual stains and marks from surfaces since there’s less dirt to be cleaned. 

8. Dry the countertops

Once the entire countertop has been soaped, scrubbed, and washed, you should use a clean rag to dry it up.

Wipe up residual clean warm water from the surface, as well as the hard-to-reach places like the corners of the countertop.

It is important to remove any pooling of water to prevent the onset of mold or mildew. If you can, make use of an oscillating fan to properly dry the bathroom countertops. Open windows and doors as well to encourage cross ventilation.

9. Use a multipurpose shiner to restore the appearance of the countertop

For the most part, your bathroom countertop should look clean and significantly more shiny after using the tips in this article.

But, to achieve that brand-new appearance, you could apply a thin coat of a multipurpose shiner onto the countertop.

10. Use a microfiber cloth to shine

Lastly, shine the countertop with a microfiber cloth until you get the desired result.

Microfiber clothes are so soft and smooth that there’s no chance of scratching or etching surfaces when using them.

Final Thoughts

A good cleaning routine can have a tremendous effect on prolonging the lifespan, appearance, and texture of bathroom countertops. 

As long as you use the correct products with the right techniques, you should be able to remove most stains, dirt, and marks.

But, as always, prevention is better than cure. To avoid facing issues like your bathroom countertop turning yellow, it’s advisable to clean them at least once a week using the method detailed above.

With that being said, I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to clean your bathroom countertops. If you’d like to check out some of our other cleaning articles, visit some of the links I’ve curated for you below.

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