How to keep glossy kitchen units clean

Glossy kitchen surface and units

Q. How can I keep my glossy units clean?

I have lovely high-gloss kitchen units but they seem to be splattered with little blisters of fat. I’ve tried various products but none of them work and I can’t scrub the units in case they scratch. What do you suggest?

Helen Harrison says:

These solidified globules of grease are extremely difficult to remove once set and, because high-gloss units scratch easily, you’re right to be wary of scrubbing. My advice would be to try washing them with Dry-Pak Soda Crystals, about 90p for 1kg, which are available at most supermarkets. These are cheap and fantastically good at dissolving grease without being too harsh.

Dip a cloth in a strong solution of 150g of crystals to 500ml of very hot water and use circular movements to wipe down the affected areas. Re-dip the cloth regularly. Repeat until all the grease blisters have dissolved.

For really stubborn blobs, sprinkle a little bicarbonate of soda directly onto a damp sponge and gently rub over the mark – the slight abrasiveness of the bicarbonate should be enough to shift the grease without scratching the high-gloss finish. In future, it’s worth wiping down kitchen units with paper towels when you finish cooking so that the grease doesn’t have time to harden and stick.

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