Cleaning Intel: Selecting the Right Cleaner for Your Kitchen & Bath Surfaces

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It’s a routine Saturday and you’re armed with a bucket of cleaning supplies, ready to beautify the kitchen and bathroom. But do you know what product to use where? Are you sure you won’t use something that could damage your beautiful countertops, sinks, appliances, etc.? To keep the many surfaces in your home looking new after repeated cleaning, it’s important to start with a basic knowledge of the two types of cleaners out there: abrasive vs. non-abrasive.

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Abrasive Cleaners

Abrasive cleaners come in two primary forms, liquid or powder, and are designed to remove tough stains and soils. Powders typically use some sort of grit or mineral to boost their surface cleaning power. These abrasive cleaners may scratch and dull surfaces over time, so it’s important to be aware of what material your surfaces are made from and avoid using powder on any surfaces that are porous or delicate. Liquid abrasives contain more surfactant, and therefore tend to be a bit gentler on surfaces than powder abrasives.

It is important to always check the label to confirm, but most abrasive cleaners will work well on hard surfaces, and can be used to clean areas in your kitchen and bathroom such as the bathtub, toilet, and sinks.

Both powder and liquid abrasives are ideal products to use for smaller areas with heavier stains. Abrasives containing bleach should be considered when cleaning tougher areas with mold and mildew, or heavy food and beverage stains.

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Non–abrasive (also known as all-purpose) cleaners are found in a variety of forms including: powder, liquid, spray, and foam. Surfactants are a key ingredient in non-abrasive cleaners, which is why these products tend to foam and make rinsing easier.

Many non abrasive cleaners come in trigger or spray form, both for ease and convenience. Most are used by spraying the surface and then wiping clean with a sponge or damp cloth. Because non abrasive cleaners typically aren’t as harsh on surfaces, they are ideal to use in the kitchen to clean countertops, appliances, tiles, etc.

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Being more familiar with the types of cleaners available will help better prepare you to take on tough cleaning jobs or just keep up with everyday maintenance. If you aren’t sure, you can often check online to see what products are recommended for your particular surfaces. You can also find a surface guide at Soft Scrub. With the right products for the right surfaces you can make any area shine!

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