Does anyone have any advice on how best to maintain an Askilan kitchen
I have one which was fitted two years ago, and has only been lightly
used, but I have never found it easy to keep it looking good. The
surface is supposed to be semi matt, but develops glossy "high spots"
which leave it looking uneven textured. In other places (particularly
the draining area) the texture just seems permanently blotchy and hard
to keep clean.
I contacted the supplier sooner after fitting, and they said if
necessary clean it with "Cif" abrasive cream, and to be quite tough
with it (I was not sure whether it was OK to use abrasives). I have
done this and it does sort of work, but you have to scrub quite hard
and keep doing it regularly, otherwise it quickly gets blotchy. You
cannot just wipe it clean with some Flash as I would a granite
They also advised after cleaning it thoroughly to wipe the surface
with olive oil to give it a glossy finish. I tried this in a small
area but it seemed to leave a sticky finish and I did not like the
idea of having my worktop coated in olive oil, so I cleaned it off.
The company (Askilan) has now ceased trading as far as I can tell -
their web site is no longer active.
Overall I wish I had paid a bit extra and had granite!
- posted 12 years ago