Many of our clients frequently ask how to properly care for their countertops and floors. So here are a few tips just for you…

Laminate Countertops:

Do use a nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner. Rinse with water, use cotton cloth to dry. Wipe up immediately to prevent discoloration.

Don’t flood the laminate. Water penetrates seams, causing swelling. Don’t use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring pads. Cleaners with acid will cause permanent discoloring.

Laminate Floors:

DO wipe floors with a damp cloth or sponge

DON’T wet mop or pour water on floor. Don’t wax, sand or stain.

Ceramic Tile:

DO use nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaners, a tub/tile/sink cleaner or liquid cleanser. Rinse thoroughly with water and buff tiles with dry cloth to prevent water stains. Re-apply grout sealer every 5-10 years.

DON’T use powdered abrasive cleaners that may scratch the surface.

Solid Surface Counters and Sinks:

DO use a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth on matte, satin or high gloss finishes. A scouring pad will remove cigarette burns and minor scratches.

DON’T use strong chemical cleaners such as toilet bowl cleaners, ceramic cook top cleaners, paint remover, drain cleaners, oven cleaners and lacquer thinners.

Natural Stone:

DO place coasters under glasses, and wipe up spills immediately. Use entry rugs to capture abrasive dirt from foot traffic. Wash with warm water, a neutral pH cleaner and a nonabrasive cloth.

Hardwood Floors: *See our dedicated post for hardwood floor care.

Shawn Warren is the owner and chief operator of Freedom Builders & Remodelers; a remodeling company serving Rockford, IL & surrounding areas. Shawn is an EPA Lead Certified Renovator. He is personable and conscientious of the project surroundings, client’s lifestyle, privacy and treats each job as if it were his own.