Wet the surface to be cleaned, and then apply a small amount of the BKF product to the surface. With a damp cloth or rag, apply an appropriate amount of pressure and clean the area. Make sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after. Please consult either the package or the product section of our website for more cleaning information. Always consult any manufacturer care section if available for proper cleaning procedures.
We recommend you leave BKF on for no longer than ONE MINUTE. This is especially important for metal surfaces as it could cause discoloration. For surfaces such as plastic or porcelain, contact for longer than a minute may be necessary, but test in an inconspicuous area first.
It is not advised to use on the face or cosmetic areas of consumer appliances. Many manufacturers apply a clear protective layer to help reduce fingerprints. The abrasive in BKF may harm this protective layer. Additionally, improper application may disturb the factory brushed appearance of some stainless (including commercial grade) appliances. Please consult the care section of manufacturer’s manual for proper cleaning procedures.
BKF requires thorough rinsing, which is difficult in non-drained, enclosed spaces such as an oven or microwave interior – so it is not recommended. Restrict using BKF to areas which can be easily rinsed, such as the inside of an oven door.
Absolutely. The key is to use as small an amount of BKF as the project allows and rinse thoroughly. The micro-abrasive particles may temporarily leave a white film if not rinsed completely. The abrasive used in BKF will not scratch glass or porcelain when properly used.
BKF is formulated to work on non-porous surfaces. Concrete is highly porous – BKF is not formulated or recommended for use on concrete.
BKF is not formulated to work with the dishwashing process – do not add it to the automatic dispenser in your dishwasher. However, it can be used to spot-clean the interior of dishwashers with stainless steel tubs and inner doors. It is recommended to run a quick rinse cycle with the dishwasher empty after spot-cleaning with BKF.
We do not recommend either BKF Cleanser (powder), BKF Soft Cleanser (cream liquid) or BKF MORE SprayFoam (liquid spray) on marble
Since we can’t control the amount of contact time of these products on your marble surface, we don’t recommend its use on marble, as light etching can occur.
If you Google the words “Bar Keepers Friend marble”, you will find both pro and con opinions. If you should decide, of your own choosing, to proceed then at the very least do a test in the most inconspicuous spot possible & limit contact time.
We do not recommend either BKF Cleanser (powder), BKF Soft Cleanser (cream liquid) or BKF MORE SprayFoam (liquid spray) on wood surfaces.
While BKF products contain no chlorine bleach, on many woods you will experience some degree of lightening of the color. Some wood experts use it expressly for that purpose, but they are experts and deliberately seek that outcome. Again, we advise against its use for any routine cleaning task.
We are recommended by many manufacturers and installers of quartz countertops, primarily for stain removal abilities rather than use as a general purpose
cleaner. The key is to minimize contact time and not overconcentrate the product in a small area. Google search the words “Bar Keepers Friend quartz” for articles by specific manufacturers of quartz or consult your installer or manufacturer of your quartz
surfaces for definitive advice.
NOTE: We now make a specific product “Granite & Stone Cleaner & Polish” for daily, general purpose cleaning of quartz, granite, marble, etc., which comes in convenient, easy-to-use spray bottles.
BKF is not harmful to the skin during casual use. However, sensitive skin or prolonged use may benefit from using gloves. The oxalic acid in BKF is mild, but it may irritate sensitive skin and will sting in any open wound (similar to lemon juice on a cut).
BKF is distributed throughout North America and several other global markets. With the regional differences in ingredient reporting standards and the limited space available on our label, we have instead posted Safety Data Sheets on our website, and continuously update them to reflect national standards.
Yes – when properly used, BKF is safe to use on food preparation and serving surfaces. In fact, BKF carries an NSF registration and can be found in many commercial kitchens. Make sure any surface that will come in contact with food is properly rinsed to remove any residue and abrasive prior to use.
BKF is totally septic system safe when used in normal daily applications.
Safety Data Sheets are available in our website for review; some of the ingredients are trade secrets. If you have specific concerns, please contact us and we will be glad to discuss it with you.
Oxalic acid is an excellent rust and mineral deposit remover. It can be naturally found in many vegetables, such as rhubarb, chives and parsley. The oxalic acid used in BKF comes from industrial suppliers and is generally produced from plant/vegetation waste. While oxalic acid can be harmful if ingested in large amounts, there is no danger in using BKF as instructed.
BKF does not contain chlorine or any caustic ingredients.
There are abrasive particles in all BKF products except for MORE Spray+Foam. The powder products contain more abrasive than the pre-diluted Soft Cleanser. For jobs that require additional scrubbing power, use one of our powder products. For more delicate jobs, consider the mildly abrasive Soft Cleanser, or the non-abrasive MORE Spray+Foam.
BKF is not a disinfectant.
Previous formulations of BKF Soft Clean had settling issues over time. We have improved the formula to help resist settling.
Bar Keepers Friend Cookware contains extra active ingredients for degreasing. Try it on your more challenging pots and pans.
BKF is an acidic cleaner, whereas most other powdered cleansers are alkaline (bleach based). Acidic cleansers are more effective against mineral deposits and rust stains. Acidic cleansers are also recommended by most stainless steel product manufacturers over a bleach-based cleanser.
The contents of BKF do not expire or degrade when stored in a dry environment. To offer our customers the best value possible, we choose not to add an expensive lid when it is not required for most users. A helpful tip for those who may want to cover their can of BKF if stored under the sink or in a humid environment is to cover the top of the can with a sandwich bag (a rubber band can be used to make an air-tight seal if necessary).
There is limited space on our can, so the text is as large as the amount of space allows. If you need more information, please visit the product section of our website.
The active ingredients in BKF do not expire. However, storage in a humid environment will cause the powder to solidify, try and keep open containers of BKF in a dry environment.
BKF is not currently a certified Kosher product. In the past, BKF has been certified as Kosher, and some earlier packaging had the Kosher symbol. The BKF product has not significantly changed since this time.
Bar Keepers Friend does not animal test in the manufacture of our products.
The choice to use the powdered Cleanser or the liquid Soft Cleanser is subjective and is, in large part, determined by:
If it is routine lighter-duty cleaning, then the liquid Soft Cleanser is usually more than sufficient. If a more restorative, deep-clean is needed; then the BKF Cleanser (powder) is likely the better choice. Bottom line: they’re not intended to be identical versions of each other. The powder offers the versatility of varying its “strength”, by the amount of water added; stronger or weaker. The Soft Cleanser is in effect “pre-diluted” or “ready-to-use” for a variety of (but not all) tasks, especially the more routine cleaning tasks.