Even the most immaculate cooks can create disarray in the kitchen on occasion. After a kitchen revive we often get asked which is the most effective way to clean your kitchen units.
We recommend the following;
Hot water and a soft sponge is the safest and quickest solution. Being chemical free it is gentle on your refaced or painted cabinets. Wipe the surface and dry immediately with a clean soft cloth. Tough stains may require a firmer cloth. The quicker you get to the stain the better the result.
For those tougher grease stains add a little dishwashing liquid or soap to hot water. It only requires a couple of drops to be effective. After wiping the surfaces, rinse down with clean hot water and dry immediately with a clean soft cloth. This will prevent detergent residue building up.
If dishwashing soap can’t lift a stubborn stain, try an all-purpose cleaner. Be sure to check the label, and make sure that the cleaner is safe to use on cabinets. Also, test the cleaner on a small area first, because some cleaners can strip away the paint on your refaced cabinets. Spray the sponge, rather than the cabinets themselves, and gently wipe down before rinsing with clear water and drying.
For light coloured benches you can remove marks including ink from newspapers, water marks, food and drink spills using Jiff cream cleanser. Use light pressure to start and rub in a circular motion. This will not scratch your bench top but avoid rubbing in one place repeatedly.
For dried or rough substances adhered to your bench top use ‘00’ grade ( finest ) steel wool to catch anything sticking to your bench top.
Greasy, oil and fat marks can be removed with ordinary table salt. Cover the mark completely with the salt and leave overnight or longer if possible. The salt will draw out moisture from the stone.
For stubborn marks there are specially formulated stone cleansers and creams available from most retailers. We will assist you with the best product for your bench top. For everyday cleaning we recommend the stone safe spray and wipe.