Cleaning Tips for the Trickiest Kitchen Surfaces
Fingerprints on the refrigerator, stubborn dirt on the stove and unsightly stains on stone counters – every kitchen has a few things that can keep you from getting the satisfaction of a sparkling finish, no matter how much. elbow grease that you apply. Some of these cases can be faced by working smarter, not harder, and relying on task-specific tools like Scotch-Brite ™ Glass Cooktop Wand. Here are some tips for dealing with some of the more troublesome kitchen textures.
Don’t resort to crazy tricks for your glass cooktop.
Low profile glass cooktops have gained popularity in recent times, and for good reason. They look sleek, don’t have major crevices that food gets stuck in, and are available with induction burners. But they can present a delicate cleaning challenge if something like a touch of sauce hardens in the heat.
There are all kinds of elaborate hacks out there to remove this mess, but do you really want to use hard scrapers on your most expensive device? Try it instead Scotch-Brite ™ Glass Cooktop Wand, a winner of Price of the maintenance cleaning voucher 2020.
The pyramid-textured surface effectively cuts through the most smelly grease and dirt using only water, which means there’s also less need for harsh chemicals near your food prep area. The judges loved the easy leverage of the wand version, but you can also hang the pad version if you prefer. And if you’re obsessed with a glow to see your reflection, end with a bang Scotch-Brite ™ Rejuvenating Glass Cooktop Polish.
Double the shine of stainless steel.
When cleaning stainless steel surfaces like refrigerator doors, experts at the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab recommend brushing in a circular motion, which will polish streaks, hide large scratches, and leave you with a fairly polished texture.
For an added glow, there’s a fix right under your nose. While oiling your fridge or toaster might seem odd at first, polishing a thin layer of mineral oil will not only restore that original shine, but also create a bit of fingerprint protection. This dirt-repellent power will allow you to perform a quick clean with a soft cloth or sponge every day or so, which will limit intimidating deep cleanings.
Be gentle on your countertops and stone surfaces.
What is the best material for countertops? It is an endless debate. But it doesn’t matter if you team up or prefer a composite surface, prevention is key. Once you’ve burned, scratched, or chipped these surfaces, it can be difficult and expensive to replace them. Invest in attractive trivets and hotplates to hold any hot pots that come off the stovetop, and remember to keep an old-fashioned spoon rest on hand to avoid stains from sauces or spices. And while granite is great for rolling out dough or kneading bread dough, avoid exposing it to acidic foods like lemon or tomato, which can burn and damage the stone itself.
When you clean your kitchen every night, don’t inadvertently grab the heavy-duty scrubber that sits on your sink. Designate a guaranteed anti-scratch sponge, such as Scotch-Brite® Advanced Scrub Dots Scrubbers, like your usual date. The extra large sponge is easy to hold and works quickly on large areas and can lift stuck-on objects without causing damage.
And don’t be afraid to be a little aggressive with the antlers.
Woods are among the most delicate kitchen surfaces to keep a fresh look. Constant use, dish soap, and abrasions from sharp knives all destroy any protective finish on your cutting boards or butcher blocks. This will leave an opening for water and meat or fruit juice to soften and dull the texture – if you’ve ever taken a cutting board out of the sink and noticed it’s a bit mossy or slimy, it’s is exactly what we are talking about.
When your workhorse pieces of wood reach this point, do some finishing to bring them back to their former glory. First, give them a good time with something textured, like a scouring sponge. The beautiful thing about wood is that small knife scuffs turn into a rich patina that becomes more beautiful over time.
When the wood is dry, continue with a medium grade sandpaper (we like 120 grit). Continue with more finely textured paper (220 grit or more). You will end up with a velvety smooth surface with a lot of character. Seal everything with a coat of food safe finish balm, usually a combination of beeswax, a neutral oil. Rub in a generous layer and let soak overnight, then wipe off any excess in the morning. Good hash!
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