Spring is finally here, and with the warmer days fast upon us we know how lovely it is to invite friends and family to our homes and enjoy al-fresco dining in the sunshine or a delicious Sunday Roast. So why not give your kitchen and bathroom fixtures the same TLC by using organic and natural cleaning solutions. By using traditional remedies; and fewer plastics you can achieve a more natural sparkle and polish, that’s good for your home and good for the planet too. The following guide is one of a series from The House of ENKI, designed to tackle the most common household ailments, stains, discolouration and more.

In recent years, black stainless steel and chrome units have risen in popularity; but how do you keep these units fresh and clean without nasty chemicals? How do you eliminate or reduce the number of smears and unwanted fingerprints left by curious little hands? Whilst it might seem like the obvious choice, using excessive bleach and microfibres can gradually weaken and damage metal units. However, you can easily achieve long-lasting results with products already in your larder or kitchen cupboards.

But first, what is black stainless steel?

Well, the product isn’t all too dissimilar than its traditional counterpart. Deep down, its composition of iron, chromium, silicon, and nickel makes it identical.  However, what sets this material apart is the application of a protective black polymer coating which is used to mute the finish. The overall effect is much more anti-corrosive and gives it its darker tone and style.

Due to this coating, however, it is imperative to avoid scratching it or you'll end up exposing the burnished steel underneath, destroying the illusion. Try to avoid using abrasive cleaning tools such as metal scourers, steel-wool.  Whilst it might seem like hard work, you don't have to use shop bought chemicals to achieve results. By using natural products as an alternative is a much safer approach and you'll be helping the environment too.

You will need a damp cloth or sponge, water, white vinegar, dish soap, rubbing alcohol* and dry cloth.

* This is sometimes known as isopropyl alcohol.

Step 1: Combine the ingredients together in a sink with warm water. A plastic spray bottle can be used if prefered.

 

Step 2: Using a microfibre cloth apply the solution onto a small area.  Use small, gentle movements to avoid streaks working into the grain of the finish.

Step 3: Repeat over the surface area until it is all cleaned.

Step 4: Dab the dry cloth onto the area to ensure a glossy, smooth finish. The marks, streaks and fingerprints should disappear in moments.

Top Tip: Finish up your cleaning with your choice of essential oils, again buffering gently. Personally, we recommend peppermint, orange or lavender as these will mask the vinegar smell and leave your home feeling fresh.

But what about scratches?

Black stainless steel is as durable as stainless steel, but no finish is entirely scratch-resistant. For minor scratches, you can easily mask these with a black permanent marker pen. Scribble over the affected area, buffering it with a microfibre cloth to blend the colour. For more serious damage, be sure to contact your supplier.

Do you have any top tips for a clean, shiny bathroom or are you a pro at keeping a showhome style kitchen? Or have any cleaning questions?  Let us know, in the comments section below.  At the House of Enki, we're here to help to design the luxury kitchen and bathrooms of your dreams.