We had a thread a while back on plastic handles degrading on some hand
Two sets of kitchen worktops installed in 1995 seem to be exhibiting
similar symptoms. The surface appears sticky to touch.
Much worse next to the hob and sink where more aggressive cleaning may
Any suggestions or is it *new kitchen* time?
No some of these slightly soft rubbery ones do as well. Could be cleaning,
or just leaching of plasticizer from the material. You often get this on the
stuff on cameras f around 10 years ago, I also foound it on a non Sony
walkmanof more years, and it had mainly lived in a pocket for years.
I sometimes wonder what sort of long life testing is done on such
materials. My original long whit canes handle went this way also.
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"DerbyBorn" < snipped-for-privacy@Nearhome.com> wrote in message
Plastic finish laminate as Adrian suggests. I don't know more.
A similar top at my sister's house is much worse. She may have done more
frying without using an extractor fan and was fond of Cif cleaning
It looks fine. Just drags a bit when you run a dry hand across the
surface. Plastic finish laminate certainly but I don't know the
There is a level of pressure from the user who appears to believe
something related to operating theatre white would be better than the
real Oak doors:-(
On Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:15:23 UTC+1, Tim Lamb wrote:
Well if the user wants to spend her (I presume!) time cleaning the kitchen to operating theatre conditions every day, I'm sure it will look wonderful.
If this is Mrs Lamb you could suggest she wear a nurse's uniform while she does it :-)
I had a similar problem with the black plastic finish on the barrel of a
camera lens. I used mild solvent (surgical spirit) on it which removed
the sticky layer very effectively. Suggest you try a test on a small
area first, just in case...
I'm told that Relay Spray http://www.relayspray.com/ works on plastic
and rubberised surfaces. Seemed worth a try at under £3 but then
discovered the minimum delivery charge is an extra £6 so haven't ordered
it yet !
A window scraper works best for me, the type with a plastic handle
into which you fit a Stanley knife blade. Use a new blade, but use a
smoothish grindstone to just round off the two corners to reduce the
chance of digging it in and leaving scratches.
Start with an area thats less visible, just to practice on, and you'll
soon get a feel for how hard to press and what angle to hold the
scraper, and you can see the gunge coming off. Work in one direction,
then go over it a right angles as well.
The gunge is quite sticky, so use the scraper to move the stuff off
the edge into a dustpan or something, and clean the blade off with
some kitchen paper every so often. Then wipe the surface over with a
damp cloth, let it dry, and run you fingers over it, you'll soon
notice and bits your missed.
I use the same method to remove burnt on deposits from a ceramic hob,
then polish with ceramic hob cleaner.
Hmm.. I'm not rushing at this as the group may have noticed. Today's job
was taking down the lower branches of a huge Silver Birch so that a
*climbing* tree surgeon can take the top out. Carefully avoiding the
alarm cable from the sewage pumping station and the nearby
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