How to clean kitchen surfaces

Useful tips for cleaning lacquered, wood, stainless steel or laminate kitchen units

Lacquered kitchen

Whether the finish is matt or glossy, a lacquered kitchen surface is easy to clean. You just need to watch out for a few things. 

You must get rid of any stains straight away, especially more stubborn ones like oil or grease, but make sure you avoid using sponges or aggressive detergents because they might wreak permanent damage. So, how do you remove stains from lacquered surfaces? Ideally with a soft cloth (one in microfibre, for instance) moistened with warm water in which you have dissolved some mild soap. You must absolutely avoid using products that contain acetone, chlorine, trichloroethylene or ammonia. Don’t underestimate the importance of wiping the detergent off and polishing the surface dry if you want an attractive sheen without streaks. For more in-depth information about cleaning lacquered kitchens, we recommend that your read this piece of news. 

Wooden kitchen

Known for its delicacy, a wooden kitchen requires daily care to preserve its distinctive beauty and special characteristics.

That is the truth of it. The ageless elegance of a wood finish calls for cleaning and special treatment on a day-to-day basis, particularly in order to avoid the harmful effects of water and steam, both of which are very common in kitchens and a sworn foe of wood. So, our first piece of advice is to always remember to turn the extractor hood on when you cook because this will stop any water condensation from collecting. And whenever you spill water or any other liquid, make sure that you wipe it up immediately. As far as cleaning is concerned, go for mild detergents and use small quantities on a soft cloth (preferably one made of microfibre). 

Kitchen in stainless steel

Sturdy, extremely resistant to corrosion and outperforming: steel is the ultimate choice for anyone who wants a perfect fusion of aesthetics and functionality.

It might be hardwearing, but a stainless steel kitchen must be cleaned carefully in order to preserve its soft sheen over time, and any stains wiped away quickly even with just a soft damp cloth, otherwise they may turn into streaks or deposits that are hard to shift. Don’t be deceived by the strength of the material: abrasive sponges or scouring pads could ruin the surface; make sure you always use soft cloths or sponges and as you are cleaning, respect the direction of the satin finish. Don’t rub hard. As far as detergents go, stainless steel is compatible with most common household chemicals, although it is advisable to buy specific products if you want the best results in terms of sheen and hygiene. 

Kitchen in laminate

Practical and easy to maintain, laminate is a very popular kitchen finish because it is both hardwearing and versatile.

How do you clean a laminate kitchen? There are various different ways. One option is a simple do-it-yourself solution with soap and water, or ordinary household detergents, but you could also use methylated spirits as long as you dilute it with two parts water. Avoid using abrasive sponges, scouring pads or acid-based or caustic detergents which might spoil the finish on laminated cabinet doors or wall units. In this case too, never allow water to collect or stand on the surface. If liquids spill, wipe the top dry immediately with a soft cloth.