Looking for kitchen care secrets to keep your kitchen looking as new as the day you bought it? The great news is that since you have bought a top quality product, there is not much maintenance required to keep your cabinetry in pristine condition.
It starts with the basics. Since the kitchen is the most used room in your home, it is also likely to become the dirtiest the fastest. Grease and grime buildup can damage cabinets and destroy the look and feel of a new kitchen. To keep your cabinetry clean and sparkling, wipe the surfaces with a damp, soft cloth with warm water and dry it with a dry, soft cloth. If warm water is not enough, mix a bit of mild dishwashing liquid in. There is no need to use any chemical cleaning agents such as bleach, ammonia or and alcohol based cleaners. Avoid using rough sponges or cloths, as these can create nicks and scratches along your cabinets.
Many substances can become difficult to remove if not attended to immediately. These can stain or cause other damage if kept in contact with the surface for too long. If you spill anything, wipe it away with a soft damp cloth and dry it straight away. Try blot rather than wipe away the spill to keep the area as contained as possible.
One of the biggest enemies or any finish is moisture. The units closest to your wet appliances, like your dishwasher and sink, are the most susceptible to moisture damage. Try to keep these areas clean and dry and avoid draping wet dish towels or other items over doors. Also try to avoid placing your coffee makers or kettles under your units, as the steam can cause damage.
Clean your appliances regularly. Only use cleaning agents recommended by your appliance brand. Using harsh cleaners on your hobs can lead to permanent damage. Many new appliances come with dishwasher safe accessories, or self-cleaning options. Always check with your Kitchen Designer or appliance rep to make sure you have all the correct cleaning tools.
Depending on what finish countertop you have in your kitchen, your cleaning regime will vary. Quartz tops are very resilient, but they are not 100% stain and dirt proof. Use a soft cloth and a mild detergent to wipe down your tops and clean up spills the moment they happen to avoid stains.
Laminate Wood worktops are most susceptible to water damage which can cause warping and peeling of edges. Remove any excess moisture, and again, only use mild detergents.
Simple but effective, isn’t it? Take special note of the materials used in your kitchen and what they can tolerate. Remember to ask your kitchen designer how their products withstand water damage and wear and tear. These minor details will make a world of difference to the longevity of your kitchen.