How to Clean Kitchen Countertops: Granite, Quartz, Marble & More

Wipe crumbs and spills off counters
Walk into any kitchen showroom and you’ll see an astounding number of countertop options. Marble, granite, soapstone, wood . . . each has its selling points—and its own cleaning and maintenance needs. That’s why it’s critical to know what you’re signing up for before you buy, says Gus Retsinas of the Manhattan Center for Kitchen and Bath. “Your countertop material must serve your design, but must be practical, too.” To keep any surface looking good, you’ll want to avoid scratching it and exposing it to heat (trivets are your friends!). Beyond that, heed these expert tips on how to clean countertops based on the material you have in your kitchen.

How to Clean Wood Countertops


  • Warm Water
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Nonabrasive cleaner (optional)
  • Spatula or metal pastry scraper
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Lemon
  • Salt

To keep your wood countertops looking great, clean daily with a nonabrasive cleaner or a homemade mix of warm water with a splash of distilled white vinegar. Gently scrape off any food residue with a spatula or a metal pastry scraper. Be sure to wipe the counters after cleaning so they are completely dry.

Stain Removal:
To remove stains, cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt directly onto the stain. Use a lemon half to rub in the salt. Clean off the salt and lemon juice with water and vinegar.