We love talking about the design construction of kitchen units, as well as commenting on beautiful spaces – but we also want to provide you with some practical tips for keeping your kitchen units and doors in tip-top shape.
Your gloss kitchen doors may look great in the days, weeks and months after you purchase them. However, what happens further down the line? Dirt, spillages and grubby fingerprints can take the shine off your doors, which is why cleaning them properly is extremely important. It will ensure that they continue to look brand new in the months – and even years – after you first had them fitted.
The experts at Kitchen Warehouse have put together this piece in order to recommend a few practical tips that will help you to maintain the shine and gleam in your kitchen.
Gloss doors are extremely popular, as they add a beautiful mirror shine to your kitchen that makes the space appear larger and brighter. However, they are also susceptible to showing fingerprints, marks and stains. These can be cleaned even if they are very noticeable, but you will find the process much easier if you do it in the right way and with the right equipment.
Use A Soft Microfibre Cloth
You should completely avoid using any harsh cloths or sponges to clean your high gloss kitchen doors because this can and often does lead to damage. Scratches can blemish and dull the glossy surfaces, and this is very difficult to rectify.
Soft microfibre anti-scratch cloths are always the best choice when cleaning kitchen doors and units. Their tiny synthetic fibres quickly and effectively wipe away dust and any other particles, returning the beautiful shine to your doors. They also will not leave any scratches or damage behind and, as long as you keep your cloths clean, they will be less likely to create ugly streaks than other methods.
The great thing about these cloths is that they can be reused many times, plus a simple quick wash will get them ready for the next time you want to clean your gloss doors.
Avoid Any Chemical Cleaning Products
This may seem counterintuitive – after all, how are you going to clean your doors without using specially formulated products to get the dirt, spillages and marks off?
Truly, though, the attractive finish on your doors is likely to suffer if you regularly expose it to chemicals and solvents. These products really can cause damage – from unsightly stains to the erosion of the glossy surface. Some abrasive products may even leave marks themselves – many of which will be even harder to remove than the original stains.
The best way to clean your doors is to use warm water and maybe a little bit of soap. However, some gloss kitchen doors can even react to this – so try the soap on a very small part of the door near the corner to test it out before spreading it across the rest of the surface.
Natural, solvent-free products are always best when making sure that your gloss kitchen doors continue to look their best.
Be Gentle When Cleaning
One of the worst things you can do is to start scrubbing ruthlessly at your high gloss kitchen doors. This is likely to leave marks and damage, which will leave you in a worse position than when you started.
Instead, follow these simple steps:
- Dampen the soft microfibre cloth (do not let it soak)
- Use smooth strokes with very little “elbow grease”
- For tougher stains, put a small amount of effort in but not much
- Wipe gently with a dry soft cloth afterwards
Cleaning your gloss kitchen doors should not be difficult and it should not take a lot of time either. The key is to do it often to keep on top of any dirt or grime that ends up on your units.
Gloss Door Cleaning Myths
Bicarbonate of soda – It’s often hailed as a cure-all for stains and scuffs, but we recommend taking extreme care when using bicarbonate of soda on your gloss kitchen doors and surfaces if you feel you have to use it at all. The powder is slightly abrasive, so when you mix it with a little warm water to make a paste, do not scrub at all. Simply leave it in place overnight and very carefully wipe it off the next day.
Bleach – Even if your surface looks pure white, or you have any white gloss cupboards do not bleach it. Bleach is likely to discolour surfaces, leaving them blotchy, and may even eat away at mirror-shine finishes. It’s natural to want to keep your beautiful gloss doors looking their very best, but one mistake of this kind is likely to ruin them completely.
Regular maintenance and a few wipes with a soft cloth dampened with a little warm water will be enough to get rid of the majority of marks and stains on your doors. Follow these steps, and your gloss kitchen will keep its shine and brand new look well into the future.
If you want to know more about cleaning your replacement kitchen doors or kitchen cabinets, simply contact us for further information by calling us on 01765 640 000 or emailing us at [email protected].