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The Ultimate Countertop Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
Cleaning a countertop should be a relatively easy task to perform, but one should be aware of the best way to clean and maintain its surface without causing irreversible damage. Take this quiz to learn about how to clean and maintain the six most popular countertop materials.

Which material commonly used to create kitchen countertops is considered the best and most versatile?

  • ceramic
  • granite
  • wood

What is the best way to clean countertops manufactured from acrylic?

  • Use only mild cleaners such as window cleaner or chlorine bleach sprays.
  • Use a mild abrasive cleaner applied directly to a wet surface and scrub it well.
  • Use specialized acrylic cleaners available at your local retailer or building supply outlet.

What do you have to be careful not to do with acrylic countertops?

  • Do not place very hot objects such as pots directly off the stove onto your acrylic countertop.
  • Do not place very heavy objects on your acrylic counter as it can cause cracking.
  • Be careful that you wipe up any spilled acid based liquids immediately to prevent permanent tinting.

What is a prime advantage to using ceramic tile for a kitchen countertop?

  • By nature, ceramic tiles resist dangerous bacteria growth.
  • Damaged ceramic tiles can be easily replaced.
  • Ceramic tiles are durable and can withstand extremes of heat and cold.

What is one significant disadvantage to a ceramic tile countertop?

  • Ceramic tiles crack easily if something hard is dropped on them.
  • Grout between tiles is soft, stains easily and is prone to cracking.
  • Properly installed ceramic tile really does not have a disadvantage.

What is a notable fact to consider before choosing a marble countertop?

  • Marble requires professional polishing and resealing every five to seven years.
  • Marble is very porous and therefore susceptible to staining.
  • Marble is the most expensive material that countertops can be made from.

What is cultured marble that is available for kitchen countertops?

  • Cultured marble is a manufactured acrylic material that is made to resemble real quarry marble.
  • Cultured marble is calcium carbonate slabs treated with hydrochloric acid to remove surface impurities.
  • Cultured marble is calcium carbonate cut from quarries after an initial cover layer of limestone is removed.

What is very important to be careful of when you own a marble countertop?

  • Do not place hot pots or pans on your marble counter without placing a trivet underneath first.
  • Treat your marble countertop with oil based or soft wax once a week to protect it from stains.
  • Wipe up and rinse any acetic-based food spills immediately to prevent etching.

What is a negative aspect attributed to plastic laminate countertops?

  • Plastic laminate burns, scratches and stains quite easily.
  • Most countertops are made from plastic laminate and they have no real negative aspects like other materials.
  • Regardless of care, plastic laminate countertop will have to be replaced once every seven to ten years.

What is the best way to prolong the life of wooden countertops?

  • Sand and seal wooden countertops once a year with a good polyurethane varnish.
  • Rub boiled linseed oil or salad oil into your wood countertop about once every three months.
  • Apply a paste floor polish with a soft cloth on a clean and dry wooden countertop every month.