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How to Keep Your Kitchen White and Bright

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.

How to Keep Your Kitchen White and Bright

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!

This article has 66 comments

  1. Margaret gallagher

    Lots to think about for when I design my new kitchen
    Hope yours is soon finished

  2. Alli Smith

    I refreshed my kitchen a few years ago and added granite countertops, etc. but I haven’t refreshed the cabinets yet. I really want to paint them white and this info will come in handy. Thanks!

  3. Jo Carroll

    If I just got a lovely new kitchen…I wouldn’t let anyone but me step inside it for months 😉

  4. hannah

    I’m not a fan of white as a color. It just looks too clinical and hospital like.

  5. robin rue

    The laminate tiles in my kitchen now need to be replaced badly. They are dingy and a few are starting to peel. I am thinking of going with pergo in there.

  6. Lisa Favre

    I didn’t realize washing liquid and water would be an effective way to keep white painted cabinets clean. This is awesome to know because I’ve been contemplating white cabinets for awhile now.

  7. Tamara

    Bleach really does everything! I had a white kitchen growing up and I loved it. It was awesome for me to learn real estate photography – which I now do.
    These are great tips, even though my kitchen isn’t white at all. (sad)

  8. Amber Myers

    Thank you for these tips. My kitchen looks pretty frightening right now so it’s due for a good clean. We don’t have a lot of white in there since we have kids. White plus kids is usually a bad idea, but the tile needs to be scrubbed, that’s for sure.

  9. Gareth Torrance

    We spend so much time cleaning our house, especially the kitchen… but we haven’t refreshed the tiles once…

  10. Christy Maurer

    I love white cabinets and have been wanting to paint mine. White does seem to bring a cheeriness to your kitchen. These are some great tips.

  11. Tanya Brannan

    I am in the process of looking at getting my kitchen knocked out and having a new one put in. I hadn’t thought of white as an option, but now you have mentioned it…..

  12. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    These are really great tips for keeping a white kitchen bight. I wish i had a white kitchen, but I’m hesitant because it can be hard to keep it looking bright all the time.

  13. joanna

    An interesting read we have a white kitchen in the flat we are renting. I use washing up liquid and water on our units and it does the trick. As for the tiles and the walls I’ve found a magic eraser works well for us with getting marks off and keeping it clean.

  14. Catvills

    The kitchen you featured in this post looks so nice, clean and pretty! As much as I would like to do the same thing with my kitchen, I think it would not be a good idea, not with a male dominant household.

  15. Terri Beavers

    Thank you so much for this, I love to cook but hate trying to keep my kitchen white and bright. I’ll try your tips and see if I have better results.

  16. Rebecca Swenor

    These are some great tips for keeping your kitchen white and bright. Using bleach is what I always did but now I use a lot of vinegar and baking soda. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  17. Polarbelle

    I’ve always wondered how to get the grout cleaner. It usually just pulls so much lint from a paper towel or rag, it’s just annoying.

  18. Rhian Westbury

    I really need to get my sink sparkling again. I have basic white walls in my open plan kitchen/ living area but find colour instantly lifts it too x

  19. Kiwi

    What a clean kitchen. I want a white kitchen now!

  20. Rose Cottrill

    I love white kitchen but my husband love dark colors in it. HOwever, we are renovating this old kitchen and we are putting white in it!

  21. Melanie

    Loving all these tips! Love a fresh clean white bright kitchen. Refreshing the tiles is a good one and makes such a difference 🙂 x

  22. Becca Talbot

    Your new kitchen is going to be sparkling when it’s finished! Hope the rest of the installation goes smoothly x

  23. Anna nuttall

    Beautiful advice. I do like a bright airy kitchen. Hope the rest of the installation goes well. xx

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Thank you, I’m about to go crazy at the moment the whole place it covered in wall dust and you clean it up and more is created but it will be worth it.

  24. Jemma

    Really great tips & ideas, the kitchen is the heart of the home after all!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It really is isn’t it, I’ve had a lovely big kitchen and the smallest kitchen known to a flat and it makes a difference having a nice sized one.

  25. Jaime Nicole

    I would love to paint my kitchen white- right now it is peach. These are helpful tips for when I bite the bullet.

  26. Dani

    I recently had a Spring Clean of the kitchen!
    Love it when the tiles are looking bright white 🙂

    Dani x

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It really makes a difference doesn’t it. Ours is a tip at the moment (ok we are having a new one put in so that’s why) but it’s made me so much thankful for a nice kitchen not having one.

  27. Stephanie Cummings

    We’re in desperate need of a new kitchen / massive declutter and paint the doors and buy new lino! Some good tips here. I’m obsessed with bleach spray and seem to wander round holding a bottle when i’m in cleaning mode x

  28. Ayesha Farhad

    I just got my kitchen spring cleaned! I specifically chose a day with lots of sunlight so I could reach every nook and corner! Though want a white glossy kitchen so bad now!

  29. Debra Hawkins

    I am all sorts of obsessed with white kitchen cabinets but my husband doesn’t want them. It makes me so sad!

  30. Ali Rost

    A few years ago my husband and I did a kitchen remodel and nearly everything is white. It’s really pretty to look at .. although I underestimated just how much work it would be to keep clean. My biggest trick is cleaning some each day. The pasta sauce is far easier to clean the night it splattered on the backsplash. The mud on the floor comes up easier the night the puppies run through with dirty feet .. than in the morning.

  31. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I would want to have a white kitchen, but with a male dominant household, it is next to impossible. If I force my way, I will probably spend the rest of my life keeping it clean! So I go with brown.

  32. Louise

    I am moving from my freestanding kitchen to a white fitted one so I will beat all these great tips in mind when I move ?

  33. Jessica

    You are right.White lifts the atmosphere of a room and makes it look spacious and bright.But,I never knew the sun could have such a bad effect on painted woods.Thanks so much for sharing this.It was so helpful.I would also like to share this with my friends so they can learn from this.

  34. Kira

    These are really good tips, even for every coloured kitchen! Kitchens always look ten times better when they are sparkly clean!

  35. Yaya

    I rent, but if I could I would have a white kitchen. It doesn’t seem to last in its pristine condition though, so these tips are great!

  36. danasia fantastic

    I hate cleaning my kitchen, but I know I need to do a better job maintaining the white cabinets.

  37. Helen Costello

    I really wish our kitchen was not as dark – we didn’t help ourselves by adding red tiles (Which I used to love) with grey grouting. Your post has given me the impetus I needed to finally arrange a new big window to be fitted.

  38. Lori Vachon

    There’s nothing like a crisp white to brighten a room! Pops of color are great but white in a kitchen makes the entire room look bigger & definitely brighter.

  39. Kim Styles

    I was just staring at my grotty grouting the other day ! I will give this mixture a try!

  40. Vivien Baird

    I love a nice white kitche,n looks so clean I hate clutter in the kitchen

  41. Tammy Artherton

    love my white kitchen x love keeping it as clean as i can with 2 children 2 dogs and a husband its a daily challenge.

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