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With all the cooking and eating we do in our kitchens, our countertops can take a right beating.
 
Countertops can be pricey, and tricky to replace - so follow these tips to protect them so they last as long as your kitchen does.
 
1. Use coasters under any glasses or bottles holding a liquid (olive oil, vinegar) to prevent sticky surfaces and ring marks.
 
2. Some countertops are more water resistant than others, such as tile, but you should always immediately wipe up spills and splashes with a clean, slightly damp cloth. 
 
3. Use a tray or plate to rest any spoons, cooking utensils, or knifes while you’re cooking.
 
4. When giving your countertops a deep cleaning, avoid using abrasive solutions or materials such as steel wool and heavy duty nylon sponges. Instead, use mild dishwashing soap, a damp cloth or basic sponge, and a good dose of elbow grease.
 
5. When pulling a hot pot, pan, or casserole dish out of the oven or off the stove, always place it on a trivet or even an oven mitt if that’s all you have handy. This will prevent scratches, burn marks, and the general wearing down of your counter.
 
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