How to Maintain Zinc Countertops
Zinc is a metal that has a number of characteristics that make it a good choice for use in kitchen countertops. Initially it looks like pewter but then darkens over time, giving the finish a rustic look that many people find attractive. Zinc is nonporous, making it inhospitable to bacteria, and it has a smooth surface that is easy to clean. Zinc is, however, one of the more expensive countertop materials, so it is important to maintain it properly to protect your investment.
- Keep zinc countertops clean by using a little mild soap and water. There are no special cleaners needed on a regular basis; simply wiping down the surface daily will suffice.
- Use a cutting board rather than cutting on your zinc countertop. Zinc is a hard enough metal to resist most scratches, but it can be scratched by cutting on it.
- Do not place hot items directly on a zinc countertop. It has a relatively low melting point, which means hot pots and pans or plates placed on the countertop may leave marks.
- Apply a metal polish monthly to the countertop if you prefer to keep it bright and shiny, with its original look.
- Let a natural, blue patina develop on your zinc countertop by skipping the polish and simply keeping it clean. Be patient, as it may take a year or more for this effect to fully develop.