How to keep glossy kitchen units clean
A Good Housekeeping Institute expert reveals how to keep glossy kitchen units clean and free from scratches
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. Ive tried various products but none of them work and I cant 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, youre 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, its worth wiping down kitchen units with paper towels when you finish cooking so that the grease doesnt have time to harden and stick.