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Matte and brushed finishes are popular choices for high-touch fixtures — think sink faucets and cabinet hardware — because they're so forgiving. They mask fingerprints, dirt, and water stains that are often instantly obvious on shinier polished surfaces. These finishes also add a soft glow to the room and work well in a variety of design styles, from traditional to modern.
Since matte and brushed fixtures are predicted trends for 2023, now is the perfect time to review how to clean these surfaces. These smudge-friendly surfaces may not need to be wiped down as frequently as their polished counterparts, but they do need to be cleaned regularly. However, before you spray, wipe, and rinse, it's important to learn the best products, tools, and techniques to use when cleaning these satiny surfaces without damaging them.
It's surprising for some people to learn that the best and safest cleaners are often the simplest ones they have on hand. Warm soapy water is a great choice, but you can also use a pH-balanced cleanser with a soap base. Basic dish soap works well, as it typically has degreasing properties that can break down soap scum. Some people prefer using distilled white vinegar diluted with water.
You also need a gentle cloth with enough scrubbing power to tackle soap scum and hard water deposits. Microfiber and cotton cloths are good choices, but make sure they have not been washed with fabric softener. A sponge with a scratch-free scrubber can also work in a pinch, but you may find it easier to work a cloth around and in the nooks and crannies of the handles and the space between them. Grab a spray bottle to distribute the cleaner evenly around the fixtures' surface.