“Don't forget to wipe down the counters and the top of the refrigerator.”
Your son is cleaning the kitchen to make some extra allowance money. He usually goes too fast. You remind him of some spots he may forget to clean.
Don't forget to wipe down the counters and the top of the refrigerator.
This is a way of reminding someone to do something:
Don't forget to pick up Aisha after school!
This is a pretty polite phrase.
A "counter" is like a table but it's a little higher. You use a counter while standing or sitting on a tall stool.
There are counters:
- in a kitchen
- in a store
Something similar to a "counter" but with a different name is a "bar". At some kinds of restaurants, like a diner, you might "sit at the counter", while at other restaurants where alcoholic drinks are served you would "sit at the bar".
"Wiping down" something means wiping it with a rag, a towel, or a paper towel to clean it.
The killer wiped down everything she had touched to get rid of any fingerprints.
We use the phrase "wipe down" when we talk about the objects that you're wiping: a table, a car, a stove, etc.
We use "wipe up" when we're talking about getting rid of something messy: