Remove Stains From The Kitchen Counter

06Mar 2015

The kitchen can be a tedious part of domestic cleaning. House cleaning has so many elements to it and getting the kitchen spotless can take up much of your time. A particular problem with home cleaning in the kitchen is stains that occur on surfaces. Whether it’s removing stains from the counter tops or oven cleaning to remove heavy set grease and grime stains, these handy tips can help you become more efficient with this part of keeping the house clean.

Liquid stains

When any type of liquid spills, you want to use some paper towel or a cloth to absorb it. Time is your friend when it comes to liquid spills so soak them up straight away. After you have wiped the excess moisture away, keep in mind that the stain may have soaked into the counter top further. To remove any traces of the stain from the fibres of the counter, bicarbonate soda is your key ingredient. When mixed with warm water in a spray bottle, bicarbonate soda is a perfect stain removal and disinfectant. If the spill had an odour to it, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil such as peppermint or lavender into the spray bottle and mix it with the water and bicarbonate soda. This will also deodorise the surface as well as cleaning effectively.

Grease stains

Oil, eggs and other greasy stains can be a nightmare. But if you act quickly, it won’t be too much of an issue. Grab some paper towel and put it over the top of the stain. This will soak up the excess moisture of the spill. Next, use another clean sheet of paper towel and blot the area. Don’t rub in circles as this will spread the spill and make it worse. Repeat the blotting motion until all the grease is soaked up. Next, use that trusty mixture of bicarbonate soda and water in a spray bottle to clear the surface entirely.

Coloured dye stains

Spilled food dye is cleaning chaos. Once again, start with paper towel and use a blotting action to remove the top layer of the spill. Food dye is quick setting so will get into your counter top fast. Using a thick paste of bicarbonate soda mixed with small amounts of water; apply a layer of the paste across the stain. This will soak up the colour stain. You may need to let it sit for an hour or so. After some time, wipe away using a damp cloth. If the stain isn’t completely gone, repeat the action and place another layer of paste across it. You may need to do this several times depending how big the spill is. Rest assured that the colour will eventually come out with some time and patience.

Grime in the oven

You may think of oven cleaning as your enemy, but it is possible to remove those heavy set grime stains invading your oven. Once again, bicarbonate soda comes to the rescue. Create a thick paste of bicarbonate soda by mixing it with a small amount of water in a bowl. When the paste is spreadable, apply it the grimy areas of the oven. Leave it sit for an hour or so, then scrub away with a damp sponge and scour. Repeat this process as many times as your need until the grime is gone.

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