Kitchen Cleaning Hints and Tips

How To Clean A Kettle

A kettle makes a house a home (or is that just us?) so show yours a little TLC…

Remember to unplug the kettle before cleaning it!

Plastic kettles should only need a wipe down with warm soapy water – don’t use anything abrasive or it will scratch the surface. Discoloured marks may improve after rubbing them with a cut lemon.

Metal kettles will benefit from a clean with soapy water then a lovely buff with a microfiber cloth to banish streaks.

Descale a kettle by filling it with half water and half clear vinegar. Leave overnight, empty, wipe out, refill with water, reboil, empty, refill, reboil, make tea.

How To Remove Grease, Fats & Oils

Salad dressing, hand cream, bacon – it all has a habit of spreading itself about.

From carpets: Place kitchen towel over the spill and apply a cool iron to the other side to draw the grease up into the paper. Shampoo the carpet.

From fabric: Use a pre-wash stain treatment or rub liquid laundry detergent into the fabric before washing in as hot a wash as the fabric can take. If the stain is persistent, repeat the process.

From upholstery: Cover the stain with talcum powder. Allow to dry then vacuum off. If the stain persists, try dabbing with methylated spirits (test on an inconspicuous area first) or a proprietary stain remover.

Always check manufacturer’s instructions first. Always try a test patch first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, take professional cleaning advice first.

How To Remove Rust

Destructive to metal, rust can also leave a bad stain on fabrics unless dealt with sharpish.

From carpets: Apply a paste of water and bicarbonate of soda to the rust, leave to penetrate for a couple of hours, then clean with carpet shampoo.

From clothing: Apply a paste of lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda to the rust (test an inconspicuous area first), leave to penetrate for a couple of hours, then wash as usual.

From iron and steel: Rub down with sandpaper.

From metal bake ware: Sprinkle powdered detergent on the rust and rub with half a raw potato (yes, really).

Always check manufacturer’s instructions first. Always try a test patch first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, take professional cleaning advice first.