Maintaining your worktops Keep all kitchen worktops spotlessly clean. Move surface appliances regularly and wash the areas where they have been standing – even the smallest scrap of food is a magnet for pests, so don’t leave crumbs or food debris scattered across the worktops. Types of worktops Ceramic tiles Treat as for other worktops below. Clean dirty grout with a toothbrush and a solution made of one part bleach to four parts water. Wipe over with a damp cloth and allow to dry. Natural solid surfaces (such as granite), laminates and man-made solid surfaces Wipe down with hot, soapy water, or use an all-purpose cleaner with added disinfectant. Use a clean cloth or paper towels to dry. Remove stains by scrubbing gently with a cream cleaner, such as Cif, or a paste made of bicarbonate of soda and water. On textured surfaces, use a nylon bristle brush to get into the grain. Stainless steel To remove fingermarks, put a dab of cooking or baby oil on a clean cloth and rub the whole surface, concentrating on marked areas. For thorough cleaning, wash stainless steel with a solution of washing-up liquid and buff dry with a soft cloth. Wood Treat as other natural surfaces. Reoil kitchen worktops every three months or so to keep them stain-and water-resistant.