White has become a very popular colour for interior design, with its ability to lift a room's atmosphere and make any space feel spacious and bright. It is, however, a very high maintenance colour, as it only takes one dirty handprint to turn from bright and fresh, to dull and messy. There are however a few key tips to keep in mind, in order to help you keep your kitchen white and sparkling. Here is a selection of hand-picked tips to ensure your kitchen is always looking it’s best.
Work Around the Sunlight
Whilst you can control how you use your kitchen in order to keep it clean and tidy, there are certain things you can’t really control, such as sunlight. One of the main causes for your beautiful white kitchen cupboards turning slightly yellow is the sun. Too much direct sunlight will cause your white kitchen to turn a strange yellow tone, which will eventually make your kitchen feel dull and tired. For those with laminate or painted wood, you’ll notice that the sun will also cause these surfaces to fade, which isn’t ideal when you want your kitchen to look pristine. The best step to take is to invest in some stylish curtains or blinds to help protect your kitchen from the sunlight at points throughout the day. Blinds are also ideal for when you find the sun to be really strong, as it can often reflect of glossy surfaces and be a pain to work around!
Removing Dirt and Grease
Dependant on the materials used throughout your kitchen, there are certain cleaning tips to use that will help to remove and prevent the build-up of dirt and grease. You often find that, especially when you have little ones or dogs, the bottom of your kitchen units can become dull and dirty quite frequently. These areas of your kitchen are often neglected due to them not being as easy to see or get too, but it’s important to remember they need a freshen up too. For white gloss kitchen cabinets, you can use most household cleaners to remove this stubborn dirt. For those with painted cabinets or wood, you’re best using a strong washing liquid with some warm water to help to remove this dirt. This will be much gentler on the surfaces and won’t cause any of the paint or wood to fade or warp.
Refreshing the Tiles
You often find that tiles are used around the main body of the kitchen, including the cooking area, which can cause them to become dirty very quickly. Whilst wiping down your tiles every day is really useful, after a while you will start to notice that the grout in-between the tiles will become dull and grey. This is because as you wipe the dirt from the glossy tiles, it gathers on the grout and sticks there every time, causing the dirt to build up and cause it to discolour. To keep your tiles fresh and bright, mix together some baking soda and vinegar, which will create a thick paste for you to use. This paste will help to remove any dirt that is reluctant to come off, and also protect it from absorbing more dirt next time you wipe them clean. Do this every 3-4 weeks to ensure your tiles and grout stay as white as possible.
Sparkling and Shiny Sinks
It only takes one wash to create a dirty, greasy layer on your beautifully white sink, so it’s important to make sure you keep an eye on the cleanliness of your sink after every use. Whilst you may be using clean, fresh water, to begin with, dirt can gather after you’ve used it and this is the main cause for your sink turning a dull, grey colour. One of the best and easiest ways to clean your sink is to use some bleach. Apply the bleach to your sink and allow it to soak in properly. This will ensure that all dirt is removed, as well as killing any bacteria that may be lingering from food that still remains unseen in the sink. Once you’ve bleached your sink, fill it with warm water and allow the bleach to soak off. This will ensure you don’t have any excess bleach in your sink the next time you come to wash your dishes!