“What is the Best Way to Clean Greasy Surfaces in Solid Oak Kitchens?” Question of the Week 14.08.16
“What is the best way to clean greasy surfaces in solid oak kitchens?”
Wishing to keep her kitchen in beautiful condition, Susan from Doncaster emailed us this week to ask how we recommend cleaning greasy wooden surfaces.
“I purchased one of your lovely solid oak kitchens about six months ago and I’ve noticed some grease splashes on wooden cabinet units surrounding the stove. I don’t want to risk impairing the lacquer finish – what is the best way to clean these greasy surfaces?”
Thank you for sending in this question; we are pleased to provide advice on keeping solid wood kitchens in the best possible condition. Just a few simple steps are all that’s required to ensure oak cabinetry retains its excellent appearance well into the future.
Firstly, we strongly advise against the use of any harsh chemicals on lacquered or painted kitchens. Similarly, abrasive sponges or scourers should be avoided. As you may have suspected, this can spoil the impeccable finish of oak cabinet carcasses and frontals, and leads to a much lengthier cabinet refinishing process.
The best method for removing grease from oak kitchen cupboards is to use a soft sponge, warm water and washing-up liquid. Dip the sponge in a solution of hot water and washing-up liquid, and gently move in a circular motion on cabinetry to slowly remove the grease. Rinse the sponge and repeat until all the grease is gone. If this method doesn’t work, try using a little citrus-based cleaner instead of washing-up liquid, and spray it onto the sponge than directly onto the cabinet.
Once the grease has been removed, dry and buff the wooden surface with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Thanks for sending in your question, Susan. If you have any further queries regarding aftercare for your wooden kitchen, please do not hesitate to get in touch again!
The Team @ Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
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