Should You Use Oven Cleaner on Kitchen Countertops?
In short, the answer is no – you should not use oven cleaners on kitchen countertops. The chemicals in oven cleaners are powerful, toxic, and corrosive. Oven cleaner can damage or harm the countertop material by causing it to corrode, fade, lose color, or deteriorate. Plus, the intense ingredients in oven cleaners, such as turpentine or butane, are harmful to humans if consumed, so you don’t want to put them on a surface area that you prepare food on and touch daily.
The Effects of Oven Cleaners on Different Countertop Materials
The harsh chemical ingredients in oven cleaners react differently depending on the materials they come in contact with. Therefore, the exact result will vary with your kitchen countertop material.
Stone Countertops and Oven Cleaners
Some of the most popular stone countertops are granite, marble, and quartz. These materials are prone to tarnishing when they’re exposed to sodium hydroxide. However, kitchen counters made from natural stones, like granite or marble, will withstand the effects better than manufactured stones, such as quartz countertops. Quartz is an engineered material with the highest risk of degrading and losing color.
How To Clean Stone Countertops
Mixing warm water and mild dish soap is the best way to clean stone countertops. You can follow up by drying with a microfiber towel to shine up the stone. Always avoid acidic or abrasive cleaners that strip the seal or damage the stone.
Tile Countertops and Oven Cleaners
Tile countertops aren’t as popular today, but they’re found in many older homes and are beloved for their retro feel. Many homeowners think they can use oven cleaners on tiles because they need something strong to get the dirt and grime off the grout lines. However, this will end up doing more harm than good. Oven cleaners can eat away at the top finish of tile and deteriorate the grout over time.
How To Clean Tile Countertops
A solution of warm water and mild soap is the best way to clean tile countertops. You can use a sponge or cloth to scrub the tiles and make them sparkly clean. If the grout needs extra attention, invest in specialized grout tools or try scrubbing the area with a toothpick or toothbrush.
Stainless Steel Countertops and Oven Cleaners
In modern kitchens and professional eateries, stainless steel countertops are a popular material. Since they can resemble the inside of an oven, you might be tempted to try cleaning them with oven cleaners. However, this can cause staining to appear on the surface. Some stainless steel counters can survive the cleaner depending on the ingredients, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, the surface can hold onto those harmful chemicals, transfer them into food, and create health hazards.
How To Clean Stainless Steel Countertops
So, what’s the best way to clean stainless steel countertops? You guessed it – warm water and dish soap. It’s that simple! If you need to remove stubborn stains, try combining hot water with white vinegar and letting it sit on the area for a few minutes, then wipe it away with warm soapy water.
Laminate Countertops and Oven Cleaners
Laminate countertops are a popular choice for those that want to save money. They’re low maintenance and do a solid job of resisting scratches and stains, but they still cannot withstand the powerful chemicals of oven cleaners. Laminate counters can fade and lose color and finish when oven cleaners are used on them, so it’s not worth the risk.
How To Clean Laminate Countertops
To clean laminate countertops, all-purpose kitchen cleaners are a solid option. Of course, you can also use the classic combination of mild dish detergent and warm water. If you need extra help removing stains, try Windex or Formula 409.
Got Damaged Countertops?
So, what have we learned today? Kitchen countertops require some upkeep, but when it comes to cleaners and disinfectants, less is more. Always avoid using oven cleaners on your counters.
If you’ve already damaged your countertop with chemicals beyond repair, Kowalski can help you find a new one you love. Give us a call at (616) 842-1952, contact us online, or stop into our showroom. We’ll give you the full scoop on our kitchen countertop materials and how to best care for them.
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