Cleaning your kitchen worktops is the finishing touch that makes your kitchen shine. However, it's crucial to know the material of your worktop to clean it effectively. Here's our expert guide to cleaning various kitchen surfaces:


  • Natural Solid Surfaces (e.g., Granite)
  • Clean with a solution of washing up liquid and hot water.
  • Rinse and buff with an e-cloth for a shine.
  • Stainless Steel
  • Wash with a solution of washing up liquid and hot water.
  • Dry with a soft cloth.
  • To remove finger marks, use a small amount of baby oil or rinse aid on a clean cloth and rub the entire surface.
  • Laminates and Man-Made Composites
  • Wipe down with a solution of washing-up liquid and hot water.
  • Use an anti-bacterial all-purpose kitchen spray.
  • For stains, use a cream cleaner.
  • If textured, use a nylon bristled brush to clean the grain.
  • To tackle marks like felt-tip, use solvents like white spirit or nail polish remover. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Repair chips and small scratches with a laminate repairer or sealant.
  • Remove scratches on man-made composites by rubbing with medium and fine-grade sandpaper in a circular motion. Buff with a soft cloth.
  • Ceramic Tiles
  • Clean like a laminate surface.
  • For grouting, use an old toothbrush dipped in a bleach solution. Rinse thoroughly.

Kitchen Units

  • Wood/Wood Veneer
  • Wipe with a damp cloth and a solution of washing-up liquid and hot water.
  • Use neat washing-up liquid on stains, rubbing along the grain with a soft cloth.
  • Colored Wood Effect
  • Wipe down with a washing-up solution, being cautious not to over-wet.
  • Carefully rub stains with a slightly abrasive cream cleaner.
  • High Gloss
  • Use a soft damp cloth to prevent scratching.
  • For stains, use neat washing-up liquid, rub gently, rinse well, and dry.
  • Remove watermarks by buffing with a chamois leather or microfiber cloth.

Kitchen Sink

  • Ceramic
  • For thorough cleaning, use a slightly abrasive cream cleaner or an anti-bacterial cleaning spray.
  • To restore brightness, fill the sink with cold water and add a cup of bleach. Soak and rinse thoroughly.
  • Colored Sinks
  • For general cleaning, use a damp cloth and a washing-up liquid solution or antibacterial spray.
  • Avoid leaving tea, coffee, or fruit juice stains. Soak stubborn stains in a solution of biological washing powder or well-diluted bleach.
  • Composite Sinks
  • Wipe with a damp cloth and washing-up liquid.
  • Remove limescale marks with Bar Keepers Friend or a scouring pad and paste made from bicarbonate of soda.
  • Stainless Steel Sinks
  • Wipe with a damp cloth and washing-up solution or anti-bacterial spray.
  • Use a cream cleaner once a week, rinse, and dry.
  • Employ a proprietary limescale remover as needed.
  • Enamel Sinks
  • Wash as you would stainless steel, but do not use limescale removers.
  • For scale build-up, use a plastic scourer, neat washing-up liquid, and elbow grease.

By following these guidelines, you can maintain the cleanliness and luster of your kitchen surfaces and appliances effectively, no matter their material.