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Tips for the Kitchen for Custom Homes NC 


Kitchen countertops come with more choices than ever - but to keep them looking new requires some cleaning tricks. Try these tips from NC custom homes builders.

Custom Homes NC | Kitchen Countertop Cleaning TipsFormica® Laminate Countertop Cleaning Tips

Formica laminate countertops are a less expensive option, and they've been installed in kitchens for decades.  Today's laminates are stronger and more durable than ever before, and there are even great high definition products like Formica's fx180. 

To clean laminate countertops:

USE a clean, damp, nonabrasive cotton cloth and mild liquid detergent or household cleaner. Do not flood the countertop.  A nylon bristled hand or vegetable brush can also be used, especially on sculpture and dimensional finish laminates.  

DO NOT USE abrasive cleaners and scouring pads.  Avoid burning the countertop by using a trivet or pot holder when cooking, and DO NOT place hot containers directly on the surface.

Granite Countertop Cleaning Tips

Granite countertops are one of the most popular countertops found in NC custom homes. They're made of natural granite, which is a tough and durable stone. Granite countertops should last a lifetime if cared for properly.  Granite countertops should be sealed at installation, and resealed by the homeowner once or twice a year to stay looking their best.

To clean granite countertops:

USE warm, soapy water for everyday cleaning.

DO NOT USE abrasive cleaners or scouring pads. 

Stainless Steel Countertop Cleaning Tips

Stainless steel countertops can add a professional look to kitchen, but the material can scratch easily. This means that when the surface is cleaned, it may take some extra care.

To clean stainless steel countertops:

USE warm, soapy water and avoid harsh cleaners. Special maintenance powders are also helpful in maintaining the shine, when rubbed in the direction of the grain. 

DO NOT USE anything that has an acid base. DO NOT leave food sitting on the countertop unless it is on a plate or other buffer, because acidic foods can stain a stainless steel countertop.

Custom Homes NC | Kitchen Countertop Cleaning TipsQuartz Countertop Cleaning Tips

Quartz countertops cost more than many options, but they're one of the easiest kitchen countertop surfaces to keep like-new.

To clean quartz countertops:

USE warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.

DO NOT worry about polishing, buffing, sealing, or reconditioning - this kind of countertop shouldn't need it. DO NOT allow high levels of heat to come in contact with your quartz countertop.

Wood Countertop Cleaning Tips

Wood countertops are more rare in NC custom homes, partly due to the high amount of maintenance required.  It's more common to find a wood countertop on an island than in the full kitchen.

To clean wood countertops:

USE a steel scraper to remove hardened food or other substances, then use warm, soapy water. Every month, NC custom home builders recommend that the homeowner rub a layer of special wood oil into the surface.

DO NOT USE too much water when cleaning. If the surface is soaked or isn't dried properly, the wood can crack and warp.

Choose the kind of countertop that best suits your budget and your lifestyle, then follow these easy tips to keep that kitchen countertop looking fabulous!Custom Homes NC | Kitchen Countertop Cleaning Tips

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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Great tips Penny, most people do not realize that custom countertops require special care.  I am going to re-blog this for my audience.

Dec 07, 2010 10:37 PM #1
Arleen Montford
Selling NW Florida Homes in Pace/Milton/Pensacola FL

Good morning Penny, Thanks for all the tips. I never seen stainless steel conter tops.

Dec 07, 2010 10:47 PM #2
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Good stuff Penny... thanks!

Dec 07, 2010 11:53 PM #4
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Penny, great tips, thanks for the info.

Dec 07, 2010 11:55 PM #5
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Penny-great post.  Alot of good information about countertops.

Dec 09, 2010 06:30 AM #6
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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I came from the reblog by Debbie. Good post, retty simple and easy to follow suggestions.

Dec 10, 2010 10:50 AM #7
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hi Penny,

Thank you for the excellent tips on counter tops & their care.  Good information & suggestions.  I am going to reblog.  Have a terrific week!  Again, thank you!

Dec 12, 2010 10:48 PM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good tips for home owners. Thanks for sharing.

 Happy Holidays!

Dec 12, 2010 11:16 PM #9
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Chris - thanks very much for the reblog.  Yes, most people think of laminate as higher maintanence, but actually all except for the most pricey of countertops do require regular care and attention!

Jan 03, 2011 05:46 AM #10
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Arleen - stainless steel countertops are still fairly rare, except in more institutional settings!  We do see them, but not often.

Jan 03, 2011 05:48 AM #11
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Valerie - Quartz is definitely becoming a very popular choice.  There's still some sticker shock right now with the pricing....maybe we'll see it come down!

Jan 03, 2011 05:51 AM #12
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Rita and Debbie - thanks for the reblogs!

Jan 03, 2011 05:54 AM #13
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