It’s never been more important to properly clean and sanitize your household regularly. In the unprecedented times of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many homeowners are cleaning surfaces daily.

Though we understand this is essential to protect your family, it must be done properly to avoid damaging the cabinetry or countertop surfaces.

Minneapolis Contractor’s Choice put together a list of tips when sanitizing different kitchen surfaces.

Let’s start with your kitchen countertops or bathroom vanities.

Clorox, whether it is Clorox wipes or the multi-purpose cleaning fluid, is not safe to use for cleaning and disinfecting your granite. The multi-purpose cleaner contains bleach, which is extremely harmful for granite and many other natural stones.

Quartz will tolerate casual exposure to milder alkaline solutions, such as diluted bleach, but high-pH substances, such as oven cleaners and concentrated bleach, will damage the surface.

Your cabinetry will be safe if you clean with mild soap. Do not use strong detergents. Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of soap and water, after all, if it’s good enough for your body, it is good enough for your cabinetry. It may be tempting to use items like bleach for peace of mind, but it will damage your cabinetry and be a very costly mistake.

These are five tips when it comes to cleaning cabinetry:

  • Use a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Don’t forget to wipe the cleaner on drawer pulls and door handles.
  • A toothbrush can be used as a cleaner scrub the hardware, small or hard to reach surfaces, and the crevices of ornate trim.
  • Use a second sponge dipped in pure water to remove any soap or cleaning product from surfaces.
  • Make sure to dry all surfaces, especially wood.

The Coronavirus lives longer on metal and stainless steel surfaces. Kitchen appliances should be cleaned regularly, and it is safe to use Clorox.

Also, don’t forget to sanitize doorknobs and handles, as these are the most frequently touched surfaces.

Read more tips specific on how to clean your kitchen cabinetry from our friends at Home and Garden.