It’s time for the inevitable spring clean!
Cleaning the kitchen cleaning is a job that requires some attention and time. For the best results it is advisable to use specific products suitable for the different materials in your kitchen.
Let’s plan the spring cleaning..starting from the kitchen!
Let’s start with the basics, the best way to start is to use a microfibre cloth with warm water on all surfaces. For more persistent marks a mild detergent can be used diluted. To make sure a product is not too aggressive, test it on a small hidden surface, before moving on to more visible parts. In general, avoid abrasive pastes or scourers, which can permanently damage surfaces.
For the perfect kitchen spring clean follow the inside to outside, top to bottom rule.
To clean inside cabinets, first empty them and then use a microfibre cloth with a mild non-abrasive detergent, glass cleaner or a solution of methylated spirits (20%) and water (80%).
Wall unit hinges and opening mechanisms must not get wet, so only clean them if really necessary with damp cloth and dry well.
Let’s move on to cleaning the tops of wall and tall units.
Move all the ornaments and accessories that you’ve collected over the years. You can use this chance to de-clutter and get rid of those pieces that you don’t remember where they came from and clean the others.
Then clean the wall and tall unit tops with the microfibre cloth, using warm water you have previously diluted a little mild detergent.
For doors and worktops: you can use a soft microfibre cloth, warm water and mild soap for the doors and most of the surfaces as already mentioned.
For lacquered surfaces opt for a solution of methylated spirits (20%) or a mild detergent (20%) and water (80%). Avoid spraying detergents directly on to surfaces. Thoroughly rinse any detergents used and dry the surface with a soft cloth to avoid marks forming. Using bleach, acid or ammonia-based detergents, citric acid and abrasive substances is not recommended.
Never ever use stainless steel scrubbers on doors.
To clean handles and grooves, use a microfibre or soft cloth carefully drying the metal surfaces well.
Kitchen hygiene and cleanliness: the right products for the right material
Anything made of marble in your kitchen needs more careful maintenance. Marble surfaces have been treated with special water repellents, so daily cleaning should only be done with a soft microfibre cloth and water. To remove more stubborn marks, a special natural liquid detergent can be used for this material. Always make sure to test it on an hidden part to check it is suitable.
We advise you not to place wet crockery directly on the top of marble as it can leave limescale streaks. Avoid contact with acidic-corrosive substances (lemon, vinegar, wine, detergents in general).
What about stainless steel? There are special cloths on the market that can remove grease and also polish in a single wipe using just water.
For encrusted dirt, we recommend using special products that create a protective barrier against external agents. It is very important to use the right sponges: avoid abrasive or scouring pads, which risk creating permanent scratches.
For laminated surfaces (a material popular for worktops), especially when slightly porous, opt for a solution of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in water, taking care to rinse and dry well.
>> In general we recommend testing any product on a hidden part before tackling more visible parts.
When you are cleaning your kitchen it is necessary to take care even with electrical appliances, such as the oven, dishwasher and refrigerator, making sure they’re hygienically clean to keep them working properly.
Disconnect plugs or power. Take out all the removable parts from inside, such as shelves, compartments for fruit and vegetables, etc. Hand wash all the parts with washing up liquid and a soft sponge and dry them well to avoid limescale forming. You can also wash these parts in the dishwasher if the instructions say its possible.
Take care with seals that could break if rubbed with too much force.
To remove more stubborn encrusted dirt make up a mixture of:
– water (one cup);
– bicarbonate of soda (two spoons);
Some ovens have the self cleaning setting that burns residues inside the oven, which you can then remove with a simple wet sponge.
Read your oven instructions carefully for more information.