Ceramic tiles can withstand heat from pots and pans although it's always best to use a pot stand, trivet or board. Because of the grouting, germs collect and breed in these areas which are soft, porous and can easily cracks.
Your best tool is an old toothbrush or nailbrush to scrub the grouted areas. If there is mildew you can dip the brush first in a mix of household bleach and water. Be careful not to use anything abrasive – chemicals or scratchpads – which might scratch the glaze on the ceramic tiles. There are special ceramic tile cleaners available which you can easily purchase from most stores. Remember to rinse off with clean cool water and dry.
As this is a smooth waterproof work surface people don't realise that it burns, scratches and stains quite easily. The good news is it's that's easy to clean. Regular treatments of light furniture wax will help the laminated surfaces resist stains and scratching. For everyday cleaning use a scrubbing pad or sponge with warm water to sponge and scrub away any greasy residue or food spillage. Never use abrasive chemicals, cleansers or steel wool on laminated kitchen counter tops.
Avoid abrasive cleaners -- including ammonia or bleach -- and use mild soap, a soft cloth and warm water. Formica is easy to maintain if spills are cleaned up right away, but if a stain sets in, it'll be hard to remove. Formica shows streaks. Use a household glass cleaner to make the surface look good again.
Almost harm free – but not quite. Hot pans will leave a permanent burn on the surface so rather use a pot stand. Daily cleaning should be with a mild abrasive cleanser applied directly to the wet countertop. Rinse well with clean cool water and dry with a soft cloth. Scouring powder or steel wool will remove tough stains and scratches.
When exposed to harsh chemicals or materials, it can be permanently damaged. Do not leave wet materials on this surface as it will become discoloured. Stainless steel countertops should be kept dry at all times. For daily cleaning, wash with warm water and a small amount of bicarbonate of soda – also known as baking powder. Then rinse with cool clean water and dry to prevent water spots. For stains caused by mineral deposits, remove with a small amount of vinegar and rinse with water. Never use abrasive materials like steel wool. Rough cloths or pads will scratch the surface and ruin stainless steel's reflective finish.
Easily damaged, wipe up all spills quickly from wood surfaces to prevent stains and keep countertops dry. For monthly maintenance rub linseed or mineral oil into the wood to protect it from moisture. Clean stains with a solution of a small amount of chlorine bleach in a large amount of warm water. Rinse well and blot up excess moisture. When dry, restore the finish by using boiled linseed oil rubbed in with a fine steel wool pad. Treat the countertop with two coats of oil, applied 24 hours apart, blotting up excess moisture after each application.