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How to quickly get rid of sticky countertop stains

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How to... clean countertops

Everything from spilled pop to sweet and sugary foods can leave an icky, gooey mess on your countertops and there’s nothing worse than a sticky, stained surface. The next time your kitchen’s surfaces feel a bit off, try a few of these quick and easy how-to tricks:

Woman cleaning countertopsStep 1: Clear clutter

The first step toward getting your kitchen countertops spic and span is to clear them of clutter. Remove any objects that could get in your way of wiping the entire surface down.

Step 2: Reach for the right cleaning products

Most all-purpose cleaners will get your countertops clean. If you're looking for a more natural solution, water and vinegar will also do the trick. Either solution will clear your counter of stains while also busting any bacteria that may have grown on its sticky surface.

Step 3: Spray it on

Now that you're armed with your cleaning solution, spray a large amount of it over the offending surface. Let it sit on the counter for several minutes (this will help the grime-fighting ingredients break up any of the sugars that have bound themselves to the counter).

Step 4: Get wiping

After several minutes, grab a damp cloth or sponge and start wiping the cleaning solution away. Start at one end of the counter and move to another. Continue wiping until the surface is clean. Rinse your rag with warm water and squeeze it dry in between wipes so it can absorb all of the cleaning solution.

Step 5: Repeat as needed

If your counter isn't spotless after this process, repeat until it is. Once all of the grime has been removed from your counter's surface, dry it with a tea towel.

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