What is sugar soap? How, why and where you should use it

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What is sugar soap? It's the perfect companion for cleaning and degreasing walls, paint work and pretty much anything else. Preparation is key when it comes to DIY projects and sugar soap gets rid of dirt, dust and grease making sure a surface is ready for the next stage.

If you don't have a clean, dirt and grease-free surface when painting a wall or woodwork it won’t adhere properly, and it won’t be long before you see the paint bubble and flake.

Here we reveal how to choose the right ratio for a project and what you need to apply it properly. 

What is sugar soap?

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.