How to Clean Countertops

Learn the tricks to keeping a clean countertop in your kitchen with these ideas for getting the job done faster, smarter, and better.

Clean kitchen countertops with these tips for doing the job faster, smarter, and better. Make cleaning easier by clearing the clutter. Create a home for items that accumulate, such as a mail bin, key rack, or baskets for kitchen extras. Use a plastic pastry scraper, old credit card or a gift card as a crumb sweeper. Run the card over the surface of the countertop, sweeping crumbs into your hand or directly into the sink. Plus, you can use it to lift off caked-on food, too. Spray the spot with a cleaner and let it sit. Scrape off the residue and wipe clean. The most important part of countertop cleaning is eliminating bacteria. Wipe counters with a germ-killing cleaner that's safe for your countertop material, then dry with a microfiber cloth, which discourages streaks and bacteria growth.

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