We've moved into a new rental home and have quickly noticed the kitchen benches/countertops will permanently stain VERY easily. Anything that should just be wipe-able becomes another permanent eyesore. Even upon moving in there were awful ring stains. I've successfully removed most of it with Barkeepers Friend; but I shouldn't have to use such a product every time we have a minor spill.
Is there some sort of protective glaze or finish we can apply? I'm assuming here that most countertops are treated with such a thing by their manufacturer? We've never had kitchen benches like this.