Good old fashioned sugar soap is what you needVerified ReviewerI love the Matt black look of the kunsbacka and I’m happy, too with the functionality and design of my IKEA kitchen. It’s true that marks are visible. However, I was so keen on it that I went ahead regard;ess of the reviews; I don’t regret it. I wipe the doors down with Tetrion ready to use sugar soap - comes in a spray bottle - and an e-cloth. I have no connection whatsoever to either of these companies I just thought I would tell you exactly what I use so that you can try it or yourself.5
Avoid-only looks good short termVerified ReviewerHard to clean. Doesn’t look good for long. Streaks cannot be removed no matter what is used. What a shame. It’s lovely at the beginning. Would choose differently if we’d known.1
Verified ReviewerCannot keep clean, NO products work to remove fingerprints or marks, Ikea deem them fit for purpose nonetheless and we are left with a kitchen we hate.1
Impossible to keep clean.Verified ReviewerFirst off, I love Ikea and it's products and the following review relates only to the Kungsbacka door fronts etc, everything else about the kitchen I would easily score 4 or 5 star however the door fronts are simply awful. Ikea was our first port of call when it came to replacing our 10 year old kitchen, however I really wish that I had read the reviews for the Kungsbacka fronts as I can only concur with the reviews before mines. We fell in love with the sleek modern style in the Matt Anthracite colour and we were delighted when we first installed them in our kitchen, they really did look fantastic...... but like the other reviewers before me, they don't look great for very long and soon become very grubby and no matter what cleaning methods to use, they just look streaky, grubby and unsightly. I even used a steam cleaner to clean them but nothing I have tried seems to work and a quick Google search reveals that in not alone in experiencing this issue. Again, it's a shane as as they look soooo good when you first instal l them but it only takes a matter of weeks for you to completely regret your choice. Don't make the same mistake as me.1
Cleaning question...Verified ReviewerI love these doors and really are the only ones I want, but hesitant to buy them due to the cleaning issues. My question is, has anyone tried using sugar soap to remove the stubborn marks?3
Make sure you buy a magic spongeVerified ReviewerTwo years ago I took my door into IKEA so they could clean it for me. They tried everything and then used a magic sponge. You need to really, really scrub it to get the grease marks off but it somewhat comes off. I hope this helps others.1
Impractical material for the kitchenVerified ReviewerSleek, modern, great looking until you use the kitchen.... Ikea advice was to clean them immediately.... this does not leave the doors as new and was impractical advice. Soapy water does not leave them streak free and clean looking. Appearance rating relates to showroom appearance! Ikea please advise on how to easily clean this material because otherwise my doors and side panels will need to be returned.1
Impossible to clean- have tried everything!!Verified ReviewerThese doors- where do we start! Looked great in Ikea under subtle light but my goodness you cannot keep them clean, they are impossible. You cannot remove the faintest of marks off the black ones , not sure about the white but steer clear of the black! Our kitchen looks dirty as the doors show up every fingerprint. Would NOT recommended and think Ikea should recall.1
Impossible to cleanVerified ReviewerI bought these for my kitchen late last year, they looked great for about a month but the moment they get grease on them or even water it is impossible to get the marks off2
Impossible to keep cleanVerified ReviewerAfter protracted delivery issues with the new Kungsbacka we updated our whole kitchen in early 2018. At first the matt finish looked terrific. Soon it became clear that finger marks and drips were hard to remove. Looking terrible in bright sunlight. We searched high and low for cleaning tips. Eventually we settled on Dove soap, wipe off then buff hard with microfibre cloth. Then repeat twice daily. It must be absorbing moisture and grease. We and loads of disappointed customers need a solution quickly. Changing all doors is just too expensive. HELP2
DisappointedVerified ReviewerI love ikea products but wasted my money on this kitchen, it’s only been in since May and looks really shabby, the doors are porous so any water that comes into contact with it soaks in and stains, finger marks do not come off. I have complained about this and have been told it’s not a manufacturer fault , who makes kitchens that can’t be touched or come into contact with any water and simply soaks in and stains sadly there were no reviews when I purchased this kitchen so I would hate for anyone to spend a fortune on this and be as disappointed as I am.1
SustainabilityPeople and planet
Energy and resources
Modern look, "old" materials
To us, waste is a resource, not a problem and we're proud to give new life to old materials. Like with KUNGSBACKA kitchen fronts. Their striking matt black finish and chamfered edges bring a modern, streamlined look to your kitchen. They're made of recycled wood, covered with a foil made from recycled plastic. KUNGSBACKA is a great front that doesn't use new wood, and doesn't need new plastic made from oil. A sustainable choice without compromising on quality, design or price.
Our take on wood
Wood is the material most commonly associated with IKEA furniture, and for good reasons. It’s renewable, recyclable, durable, ages beautifully and it is an important part of our Scandinavian design heritage.
At IKEA we believe that sourced in responsible way, wood is a key change driver for climate mitigation. In 2012, we set a goal that by 2020 our wood would be from more sustainable sources. We are happy to announce that we have reached this goal and today, more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.
Forests are critical for life on earth
Forests contribute to maintaining balance in the atmosphere, purify the air that we breathe and are part of the water cycle. They nourish wildlife biodiversity and provide homes for indigenous communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. 90% of plant and animal species living on the planet need forests to survive. They provide sources of food, fuel, timber and many other ecosystem services that we rely upon.
Sourcing approximately 19 million m3 of roundwood per year from some 50 countries, IKEA has a significant impact on the world’s forests and the timber industry and a huge responsibility to positively influence how wood is sourced. Responsible wood sourcing and forest management ensure that the needs of people dependent on forests are met, that businesses can work sustainably, that forest ecosystems are protected and biodiversity is enhanced.
100% wood from more sustainable sources
At IKEA, we work with strict industry standards to promote responsible forestry. We don’t allow any wood in our supply chain from forest areas that are illegal or contain high conservation values or from forest areas with social conflict.
Before starting to work with IKEA, suppliers must demonstrate that they meet IKEA critical requirements on wood sourcing. IKEA requires all suppliers to source wood from more sustainable sources (FSC-certified or recycled wood). All suppliers are audited regularly and non-compliant suppliers are required to implement immediate corrective actions.
By working together with our suppliers, we are proud to announce that we have reached our more sustainable sources goal, which we set out to achieve by 2020. Today more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.
IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030
As pressure on the world’s forests and the surrounding eco-systems increases due to unsustainable agriculture, the expansion of infrastructure and illegal logging, it is time to take an even more holistic approach to protect and support these important resources for generations to come.
The IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 set out to improve forest management, enhance biodiversity, mitigate climate change and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole supply chain and drive innovation to use wood in even smarter ways. The agenda focuses on three key areas:
• Making responsible forest management the norm across the world.
• Halting deforestation and reforesting degraded landscapes.
• Driving innovation to use wood in smarter ways by designing all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.
We accomplish more by working together
For many years, IKEA has partnered with businesses, governments, social groups and non-governmental organisations to fight forest degradation and deforestation and increase the volume and availability of wood from responsibly managed forests both for our own supply chain and beyond.
We are on a journey to improve global forest management and make responsible wood sourcing the industry standard, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and improve biodiversity.
What are foil and laminate?
Some wood materials need protection with a durable and easy-care foil or laminate surface. The choice depends on the end use and desired finish. We often use paper foil for storage furniture, while plastic foil suits demanding areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Today, the plastic we use is mostly recycled and our goal is to use plastic from renewable sources. Laminate is made of resin-impregnated paper, which adds a durable and moisture-resistant surface for countertops.