Outdoor Granite Countertop Maintenance Tips

Outdoor Granite Countertop Maintenance Tips

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="justified" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] An outdoor kitchen and sitting area has a charm that is hard to beat. Who can resist freshly grilled delicacies in a culinary oasis on a pleasant day? But summer is on its way out; fall evenings are getting cooler; it’s time to close down the outdoor kitchen and clean up the countertop to keep it in good condition for the years ahead. Cleaning outdoor granite countertops take a little more work than your indoor one. Although an outdoor kitchen is tougher and relatively lower-maintenance than your indoor one, it endures harsh weather conditions and heavy cooking that can leave stronger stains. It is important to make sure the surface is grease-free and remains that way or your outdoor kitchen will soon lose its charm.

Use a Chopping Board

Never chop fruits and vegetables directly on the countertop. Always use a chopping board. Avoid placing hot pots, pans, metal or cast iron cookware on the surface. Use a heat absorbent mat that will keep the countertop clean. Remember that although the surface appears smooth, granite is a natural stone that is porous. This means it stains easily. Wipe stains as soon as you see them. Remove the residue, then clean with soapy water. Kitchen cleaners that are free of harsh chemicals, such as bleach or abrasives, are also suitable. Seal your countertops and cover during the winter months to shield it from ice and snow.

Protective Shade

Try to shade the area as much as possible to avoid ruining it. Umbrellas or patio roofing will protect it from direct exposure to the sun, bird droppings, insects and pests. Sun damage can fade the colour and dull the shine. Using a cover makes cleaning that much easier. Use mild dish soap and water to remove grease. A well-protected granite countertop will not crack or break from expansion and contraction in the heat and cold.

Fallen Leaves

Unprotected granite countertops can be ruined by the most unexpected objects such as wet leaves. In the fall season, this becomes more common. As usage declines in the cooler months, the surface collects fallen leaves that often turn moist from early morning dew, fog, rain or condensation. If you leave it like that for extended periods, the countertop can gather a stubborn stain that is hard to remove. Cover it properly when you don’t plan to use it for a while.

Candle Marks and Rust

Be careful to remove candle wax residue from the stone surface. Even though it will gradually disintegrate, it might leave a residue that is absorbed by the natural stone pores. Place the candles on a stand or container to avoid staining your countertop. Metal objects such as garden tools, scissors or knives lying on the granite surface can leave stubborn stains from rust. Avoid placing such items on the countertop for days on end in the first place. If you have done so, first rinse the loose particles of dirt and debris from the surface; use a rust remover to clean the granite or scrub clean with a mixture of baking soda and water using a bristle brush. Avoid using a cleaner with harsh abrasives. Never use dish detergents containing antibacterial ingredients. Cover your countertops and all outdoor kitchen appliances to protect them from the snow, ice, wind, and water in the harsh winter months. Fortunately, unlike other natural stones like marble, granite stays in good condition for years.

Cowry Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops From Leenlong in Langley and Surrey

If you are looking to renovate your outdoor or indoor kitchen, take a look at Cowry cabinets and countertops from Leenlong that combine both contemporary styles with an expert finish. From taking measurements to designing your layout and installation, we do it all to build your dream kitchen within your budget. Give us a call. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

6 Cleaning Tips of Keeping Your Kitchen Countertops Good as New

6 Cleaning Tips of Keeping Your Kitchen Countertops Good as New

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="justified" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] To maintain a beautiful kitchen, you need to know how to maintain a beautiful countertop. The more high-end the material, the more care you need to take because they are expensive and cumbersome to replace. With a little daily care and caution, your countertop can look as good as new for years to come. It’s really not that hard; our experts at Leen Long Cabinets and Kitchen Construction will explain how. Quartz Kitchen Countertop

6 Tips to Maintain Your Kitchen Countertop

  1. Prevent Scratches: It is easy to leave scratches on your kitchen countertop even if you don’t intend to. Your kitchen has sharp objects lying around from assorted knives to cutlery with sharp edges. Keep knives away safely in the grooved sections of a knife block. Store cutlery in drawers or cutlery holders. Never make the mistake of slicing fruits and vegetables directly on countertops, always use a thick cutting board.
  2. Keep Hot Food Away: Excessive heat can damage your countertop. Always place freshly cooked dishes and oven-baked food on a heat-resistant mat, cooling rack or potholder.
  3. Remove Stains: Food can also create hard to remove stains on your countertop, especially if it’s light hued. Make sure you sweep off crumbs and wipe clean stains with a damp cloth or absorbent tissue and a multipurpose kitchen cleaner. Dry with a clean towel or microfiber cloth to remove any water stains from the damp cloth. For stubborn stains, make a thin paste of baking soda and water. Cover the stained area with a layer of this mixture; let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean gently with a damp cloth and dry with a clean cloth. Don’t leave it there for too long or it could discolour the counter.
  4. Reseal Granite and Marble: You need to reseal high-end countertops such as granite or marble when they have done their time. How do you know when to reseal? It’s easy! Sprinkle or spray water drops on the surface. If they remain there, you’re good. If the water gets absorbed into the countertops, call us at once for the best results. DIY methods to save you money can create more damage and cost you more if you are not proficient.
  5. Wipe Clean Laminate Countertops: An easy way to maintain laminate countertops is to wipe up spills at once. The longer spills sit there, the more likely it is to stain the area. Laminate is inexpensive and durable. It is also more delicate. Do not scrub hard with nylon bristle brushes or steel wool or it will leave scratches. Use a baking soda and water paste mixture to clean stains, but don’t let it lie there for too long. Baking soda can be abrasive. Try nail polish remover to remove ink stains. You can call us to seal laminate surfaces with a coating to keep off future stains.
  6. Oil Wood Countertops: It is important to wash wood countertops to remove stains, spills and scrapes. Oil the surface once a month with a good quality mineral oil that won’t turn rancid.
  • To remove stains, cut half a lemon and rub the area with the juice.
  • For tougher stains, mix lemon juice with salt for extra abrasion. For the toughest stains, add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to a cup of warm water and apply on the spot. Let it sit for a while, then rinse off with water.

Rely on Leen Long Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

Combining expertise and contemporary designs to suit your lifestyle and requirements, we ensure our products last you for years to come. Whether you are renovating or designing a new home, we offer high-quality cabinets and countertops that fit any budget. From quartz and granite countertops to sinks and faucets, we offer all you want at the best prices. Call us to design your dream kitchen or to upgrade your countertops for a new look.   All credit goes to Leen Long Construction Ltd. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]