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5 Care Tips for Cooking on Your Surfaces

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Nov 21, 2017 6:25:44 AM

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With the hustle and bustle of the season, we make use of all our kitchen surfaces when cooking a hearty and crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving meal. Protect your floors and countertops this holiday season with these five care tips:

  • Know a surface’s acidity reaction: Food or drinks with high acidity, including red wine or cranberry sauce, can react with particular surfaces and cause deep stains. Especially when working with marble, be sure to clean spills up immediately.

  • Protect from etching: In a similar way, hot pots and pans or placing hot and cold drinks directly on a surface can cause etched rings - cuts or carves into a countertop, table or floor. Pot holders and coasters are a key protector during the holidays.

  • Don’t take scratch resistance for granted: Make sure to always use a proper cutting board when cutting up vegetables or meat, as knives can easily scratch even the most durable surfaces.

  • Understand your surface: Each of the above reactions varies depending on the type of tile or natural stone you have in your home.
    • If you have glazed ceramic or porcelain, the glaze will prevent water absorption or heat damage.
    • If you have marble, be careful not to use knives on the surface or drag pots and pans, as it will scratch easily.
    • If you have granite, your surfaces will not react to acidity or scratch as easily.
    • If you have quartz, use silicone or other measures to protect from heat.
    • If you have glass, make sure to clean fingerprints and water spots that may result from a busy meal.
    • If you have metals or stainless steel, be mindful to use appropriate stainless steel cleaners to increase longevity. If exposed to harsh chemicals or other abrasive chemicals, stainless steel may rust.

  • Prepare for a stress-free cleanup:
    • Use cleaners with a neutral pH, like warm water with a mild detergent.
    • Multi-surface cleaners work well, but it’s important to limit the amount of ammonia and bleach, so as not to harm the tile grout.
    • Use a poultice mix to pull up deeper, embedded stains in unglazed porcelain, cement tiles, natural stone, or grout.

With floors, surfaces, and backsplashes protected from cooking wear and tear, explore our 4 simple tips for creating a joyful Thanksgiving.

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