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1. Granite is by far the most popular countertop choice. Keep your granite looking good by wiping down with a damp cloth and a pH-neutral stone cleaner.
2. Avoid soap, abrasive cleaners, and citrus cleaners when cleaning granite countertops — these alkaline solutions can etch the stone.
3. Steel wool is not your countertop's friend. It will scratch most countertops.
7. Cooking oil bottles can actually leave ring marks on stone surfaces that can be difficult to remove. Use coasters or a tray under bottles to prevent marks.
8. Protect the counter from lemon, vinegar, tomato, and other acidic foods, which will etch marble.
9. Every countertop — even stone— needs a trivet as protection from hot pots and pans. Burn marks are permanent, so it's best to be safe than sorry.
10. Kitchen sponges often become germ-keepers. It's best to use dishrags instead. But if you're fond of your sponges, don't use the same sponge to clean dishes and your countertop.
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