Tips for cleaning glossy lacquered and matt lacquered furniture

Tips for cleaning glossy lacquered and matt lacquered furniture
10 July 2017

If you have lacquered furniture at home, no matter whether it has a glossy or matt finish, we recommend that you take some care over its maintenance. Lacquered furniture is beautiful and offers many advantages, but it is also delicate. Over time, it may tend to turn yellow or acquire an unpleasant patina of dirt.

But don’t worry! It is easy to clean a lacquered kitchen correctly, even if it requires a little extra care.
Here are 6 useful tips for cleaning lacquered furniture.

1. Clean it immediately

Stains, especially typical stains when cooking (grease, oil, splashes), may stick to the material of the door if left for a long time.

2. Avoid aggressive cleaning

Especially when faced with stains that have become stubborn, we tend to use abrasive sponges or aggressive detergents: don’t! Never use abrasive sponges, steel wool pads, corrosive products, ammonia, bleach, acidic products or limescale removers.

3. Use a soft cloth

Wet a soft, fluff-free cloth (microfibre or chamois leather is ideal) with warm water to clean surfaces with specific products for lacquered surfaces.

4. Be careful when using alcohol

Ethyl alcohol is a very effective but aggressive stain remover. It can only be used to clean glossy lacquered furniture (never matt!) and only when diluted in warm water. If not used properly, alcohol may damage lacquered surfaces by leaving streaks.

5. What to do with stubborn stains

If the dirt is tough to remove, we recommend careful and moderate use of diluted alcohol or products such as multipurpose Glassex without ammonia, or Vetril. If traces or marks remain after cleaning the furniture, it means that the dirt has not been completely removed, that very aggressive products have been used or that the water is very limy. In this case, we recommend cleaning the surface again carefully and drying it immediately, making sure that the microfibre cloth does not contain any traces of detergent.

6. Rinsing and drying

One tip is to always rinse all surfaces thoroughly and dry them immediately, always using a microfibre cloth or chamois leather. Air drying is not recommended. Be careful about the cloth used: it must not contain any traces of detergent.