For anyone purchasing a kitchen it is important to know that the kitchen you are buying is easy to clean, as well as keep clean. When choosing your kitchen finish we recommend you enquire about the maintenance of different kitchen materials and ask to be shown how best to clean spillages and drips. This might help you make a decision on what finish will be best for you, and of course will be beneficial long-term!
Largely, one of the principle decisions is whether you will choose a gloss or matt kitchen. Each hold their own appeal and indeed, many homeowners simply prefer one look over the other. However, if opting for a gloss kitchen it is worth noting that these can show up fingerprint marks more easily than matt finishes, and particularly within darker gloss colours. You definitely shouldn’t let this put you off, but instead acquire and employ the best methods for cleaning gloss kitchens.
Easy maintenace of your gloss kitchen relies on a combination of the following 3 factors:
- Using the best gloss kitchen cleaning tool
- Using the best gloss kitchen cleaning product/solution
- Using the best gloss kitchen cleaning technique
What follows is a look of each of these factors within our recommendation for cleaning and maintaining gloss kitchen surfaces:
1. Use the best cleaning tool
The resistant properties of different gloss kitchen materials vary but you should never use abrasive materials such as a scourer on your gloss surfaces as there is a risk of damage. Instead, high gloss kitchens should only be cleaned with a soft Microfibre anti-scratch cloth, avaialble from most supermarkets.
A microfibre cloth is made of tiny synthetic fibres. There are many more fibres and they are much smaller than those within a regular cleaning cloth. This allows them to attract even the smallest specks of dirt and dust, which other cloths would miss. The dirt is attracted and adheres to the cloth’s fibres, allowing the gloss kitchen surface to be easily and fully cleaned of it.
Microfibre cloths work better than regular cloths but are also beneficial because they can be easily cleaned and reused simply by putting them through the washing machine. This option is more hygienic and less expensive than reusing ‘normal’ cloths, or else replacing these each time.
2. Use the best cleaning product/solution
For best results you need the best possible cleaning agent in conjunction with your microfibre cloth. In the case of gloss kitchen surfaces the best solution to use is warm water…and only water!
Some kitchen companies recommend using cleaning agents or soapy water along with your microfibre cloth, but this is inadvisable. Detergents can contain strong chemicals which risk damaging gloss finishes, and possibly your skin. Even seemingly harmless washing up liquids including well-known brands are often mildly abrasive, so whilst good at at removing stains can also cause damage. Cleaning agents are hazardous, expensive and above all -as long as you have the right technique- completely unneccesary!
3. Use the best cleaning technique
Further to using the microfibre cloth with water, gloss kitchen cleaning also requires a good technique. This will get your surfaces much cleaner, and in less time, than if using any other form of cleaning agent; and here’s how!….
…Firstly, take a clean and soft cloth and dip it in water, then wring until it is lightly damp. Use as little water as possible, and don’t ever soak the microfibre cloth. This would reduce its effectiveness and can leave behind smears and residual marks once your kitchen surface has dried out. Just a gentle wipe will clean off fingerprints without leaving any smudges behind. Tougher marks should require only a little more elbow grease and should be dried with a soft cloth afterwards. Easier still it it best to give the surfaces a quick wipe down before any dirt, grime or cooking spills have the chance to dry or set in. It is this which makes them much harder to remove. Continue this practice on a regular and long-lasting basis and you will find your gloss kitchen makes for a hygienic setting which easily maintains it’s blemish-free surface and beautiful shine.