How to Remove Spots from Your Kitchen Countertops

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You will want to learn how to remove spots from kitchen countertops to get your counters looking like new again. Stone countertops are just like sponges, whether its granite, marble or limestone they all consist of interlocking mineral crystals that have pores between them. So when you spill something onto your countertops, it will soak into unprotected stone in just 15 to 20 minutes for granite, and about 30 minutes to an hour for marble and limestone. Once the liquid evaporates, a mark remains. You'll want to learn how to clean kitchen countertops with an easy poultice that uses simple household ingredients that you may already have.

When it comes to choosing a countertop cleaner you might be tempted to go out and buy some new cleaning supplies. But what you might not realize is some of those cleaning supplies you'll find on the grocery store shelves may affect your healthy and the environment. Before you do buy any new cleaning supplies, you might consider taking a look at the EWG site. This helpful site has ratings that let consumers know what level of concern is posed by exposure to the ingredients in the products that they list. The ratings on the site reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure a person receives or the level of individual susceptibility. The site was launched in 2012 to help people find safer non-toxic cleaners and products that fully disclose their ingredients and contain fewer ingredients that are hazardous to your health or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. Products are given a ranking with A being the lowest concern with no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment to F, which is the highest concern with potentially significant hazards to health or the environment.

This is an excellent site if you want to see what non-toxic cleaners and home cleaners rank best, and how the eco-friendly cleaning supplies you use rank. You can't always tell what is in typical cleaning products just by looking at the bottle. This is because cleaning products, unlike foods, cosmetics, beverages and other personal care products are not required by federal law to list all of the ingredients. This means that manufacturers of household cleaners don't have to let you know all those risky chemicals that they add to their products. Some cleaning supple can trigger asthma attacks or skin rashes, and others have ingredients that may be linked to caner. When consumers don't have full disclosure, they lack the key information needed to make informed product purchases. The EWG site lists more than 2,000 common cleaning products that help consumers know exactly what ingredients are in the products they use.

This tutorial on how to clean kitchen countertops and remove stains from kitchen countertops can be found on the "This Old House" site. On this useful site you will find all sorts of ideas for everything from the kitchen, bathroom, landscaping, exterior, best cleaners for granite, countertop cleaner, remodels, how to, repair and more. **

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