Once you’ve got the kitchen of your dreams, it’s important to keep it clean and tidy. Not just for hygiene but also longevity as a kitchen will look after you for years to come. Regardless of the type of worktop, some standard cleaning tips that work across most surfaces.
Dishwashing liquid, a soft cloth and some warm water are more than enough for everyday use as long as you take care of spills as soon as they occur. The longer a spill or stain stays on the surface, the more difficult it will be to deal with.
If you’d prefer to create homemade dishwashing liquid try this recipe:
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 tsp. glycerine
- 2 tbsp. white vinegar
- 3 tbsp. liquid Castile soap
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
This detergent is gentle yet effective with the lavender offering a lovely scent as well as antibacterial properties.
Another important daily task is disinfection. Kitchens should be clean, tidy and safe to prepare food so it is important to invest in a disinfectant that is safe for everyday use. This can be anything from homemade cleaning products to shop-bought cleaning products.
With the basics covered, we’re going to take a look at how to care for each specific type of surface to ensure it lasts for years.
Marble and Granite
Natural stone like granite is an incredibly durable material. Available in a range of beautiful designs and shades, these hard-wearing surfaces are difficult to stain or damage. For best results, you should use a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Avoid abrasive cleaning products and opt for a clean microfibre cloth.
Make sure you avoid acidic substances like lemon or vinegar. If used frequently they can dissolve the protective coating and eventually damage the sealed stone layer.
For a deeper clean use a disinfectant. For best results mix a 50/50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. For harder stains make a paste out of baking soda and water. Apply it to the stained area and leave for 24 hours. After 24 hours, wash the area with some warm, soapy water.
Quartz counters are durable and non-porous. These qualities make it easy to clean with most messes only requiring some hot water and a cloth.
Where possible avoid using soaps and detergents as these can lead to a build-up of residue. However, if you have a particularly tough stain, put a bit of dish soap over the stain for around ten minutes before wiping away with a clean microfibre cloth.
Whatever you do make sure to avoid using acidic substances and bleach.
Laminates and Man-Made Solid Surfaces
Laminates are some of the most cost-effective materials available to consumers. Their price point, while affordable, means compromising on durability. To make sure your laminates last longer wipe down surfaces with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water. For a deeper clean try an all-purpose cleaner with added disinfectant.
For tougher stains, scrub gently with a shop-bought cream cleaner or try bicarbonate of soda and water paste. Leave the paste to work and wash the area with some warm, soapy water.
Stainless steel is a striking kitchen surface. While it is common in professional kitchens, it has become more common in contemporary design. Incredibly durable, this worktop is unlikely to get stained so will only require warm, soapy water or a general house cleaner.
However, while stains are unlikely to occur your main concern will be scratches and cavities. To avoid scratches don’t chop directly on the surface and avoid putting too much pressure on the top. For a deep clean, you’ll first need to do your regular soap wash and dry the surface with a dry cloth. Pour a little baking soda over the stainless steel surface and brush it with a vinegar-soaked brush.
Once you’ve cleaned the whole top, wipe it down with a microfibre cloth to avoid streaks. For an extra-shiny finish dab a clean cloth in some olive oil and apply to the surface.
Wooden surfaces are hard-wearing but need looking after to maintain their unique grain and finish. For most cleaning needs you’ll only need to use the usual soap and warm water solution. For an all-natural, homemade cleaning agent, use apple cider vinegar. For stains, you will need to get a little more creative.
There are two approaches to dealing with stains in wood. First is a solution of salt and lemon juice. Use a soft sponge and work the stain.
Another popular method is to dab a cloth in an oily substance, like vaseline or mayonnaise, and apply it to the stained area. Leave it for a couple of hours for the oil to displace the water in the wood. Wipe down the surface with your regular cleaning agent to finish off.
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