How A Can Of WD-40 Will Ensure That Your Countertops Are Stain-Free

WD-40 is known for cleaning multiple areas around your house, including your car, plastic furniture, carpets, tools, windows, shoes, bathroom, and many others. The multi-purpose lubricant can be used in over 2,000 ways, more than any other multi-purpose cleaner. You can use it to clean your toilets, remove paint rub off your car, and prevent your countertops from stains.

It's the ideal cleaning agent to have in your home instead of having multiple different cleaning solutions. Your countertops can benefit significantly from WD-40, especially if you have kids running around. WD-40 is often used as a degreaser in the kitchen, but a small amount on the countertop can remove unwanted stains.

It works so well because it moves water around — WD stands for water displacement, meaning it moves water from an area — making it easier to clean surfaces. It can displace rust, dust, grime, grease, and various other things. If you ever have stubborn stains on your countertops, using WD-40 can go a long way in removing them and preventing new stains from appearing.

Add a small amount of WD-40

Countertops are easily the most used space in a kitchen. You prep food on the counters and rest utensils and kitchenware on them. If you have an island, your kids occasionally eat breakfast over the counters, so messes will likely happen. If you don't have time to clean up spills right away and clean them up hours after they've set, they can be difficult to remove with any counter-cleaning spray you have at home. However, using WD-40 will clean up any stain regardless of how much time has passed.

In general, liquid stains, such as tea and coffee, can be more challenging to remove because they seep into the surface, so you always want to clean those up quicker. Spray WD-40 on the stain and let it sit for a couple of minutes to degrease it. Then, add a small amount of WD-40 to a damp sponge or clean cloth and wipe down the stain until it's completely gone. Apply WD-40 to any stains on your countertops. However, don't apply WD-40 to granite countertops since they're porous — the oil in WD-40 will penetrate through the counter and leak out of it, which could contaminate the food you prep on the surface.

Precautions when using WD-40

While WD-40 can help prevent rust, dirt, grime, and dust around the house, you should take a few precautions when using it. WD-40 is solvent and highly flammable, so avoid using it around stoves, ovens, open flames, and hot surfaces. Allow warm countertops to cool before cleaning any stains.

Moreover, if any countertops are close to outlets, be careful where you spray WD-40 to prevent accidental spraying of any electric plugs. When applying the solvent, ensure that the area is well-ventilated — open a window to keep fresh air circulating throughout the space. If you have one in your kitchen, you can also turn on a fan, but a window works best.

On the other hand, WD-40 is relatively safe to use without protection like gloves, but it's vital to avoid letting the solvent stay on your hands for an extended time. Wash your hands immediately after using them, and avoid touching your eyes. When you're spraying the countertops, don't get close to the area — spray the can at arm's length to prevent it from reaching your eyes or mouth. Always store the can in a cool area that's out of reach from children and pets.