So your beautiful dream kitchen is installed and up and running, it looks amazing! Day to day use will, no doubt, leave your kitchen looking a little less sparkly than it originally did, so how can we keep our new pride and joy in tip-top condition? Read on for some handy hints and tips…

Cupboards and Door Care

Since your kitchen cabinets are the most prominent part of your new kitchen, the way they look will have a huge impact on the overall feel of the room. For both gloss and matt cabinets, it’s best to regularly clean cabinet exteriors with a mild solution of kitchen detergent diluted in water, then dry immediately afterward to prevent staining and warping.

 

Worktops and Food Prep Areas

Spillage is inevitable in the kitchen, worktops are designed to withstand light spills, but as a general rule, it’s always best to wipe up liquids as quickly as possible to prevent them from soaking in and staining worktops. More porous materials also need a little extra care to ensure they remain waterproof, from oiling wooden worktops three to four times a year to re-sealing granite worktops once every five years.

Kitchen Appliance care

Overloading washing machines or accidentally blocking microwave vents are just some of the common mistakes that take their toll on our much needed appliances, so take the time to read the instruction manual; it’s worth it to avoid the stress of repairs in the long run.

Regular cleaning is also important to extend the life of your appliances and save you from having to deal with the cost of replacement parts. Pay particular attention to removing lint from the tumble dryer after every wash, since a build-up can pose a fire risk.

Hard and Soft Water

If you live in a hard water area, the build-up of limescale around your sink can cause it to look stained, particularly if it comes into contact with strong-coloured food and drink leftovers like red wine and tomato sauce. Natural acids like lemon juice are a great way to combat this common issue to return the sparkling sheen to your sink – simply leave to soak then scrub with the rough side of a sponge.