You spent a lot of time planning your dream kitchen, it’s cost some of your hard earned cash, heres a few tips to keep the expensive parts of your kitchen in great condition.

So what can you do to prevent a potential kitchen nightmare?

1st Stop Kitchens can advise you on the best and most cost effective appliances to keep your kitchen the functioning dream space you intend it to be. Choosing high-quality appliances from reputable electrical brands is crucial, but equally there are a number of simple steps you can take to ensure appliances remain in perfect working condition for years to come.

Fridges & freezers
Clean the rubber seals around the edges of fridge and freezer doors. residue build up can cause the door to stick, leading to tears in the seal when you try to open it and preventing the fridge from cooling properly. Keep the drain plug, located inside of the fridge, clean and clear of dirt and debris. This will help your fridge and freezer maintain its temperature and prolong it’s life.

It’s vital to frequently clean your microwave before dried-on stains become a potential hazard and ruin the inside painted surface. One clever tip is to heat a mug of lemon juice and water for several minutes in the microwave, or until the liquid has evaporated, as this will help to cut through grease so you can easily wipe away dirt.

The most important way to keep a dishwasher healthy for longer is to always rinse off food before loading dishes into the machine, crumbs can easily jam up moving parts and cause bacteria to build up. You should also remove and rinse the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher every so often and run the machine on a cycle with a cup of cleaning solution or vinegar every 3-6 months to fight calcium build up.

While you may be tempted to line the bottom of the oven with a sheet of foil to catch drips and make cleaning easier, this can actually restrict airflow and cause the heating element to not work effectively. Most ovens should be cleaned once every 3-6 months to keep them in good working order, but never use spray-on cleaner in a self-cleaning oven, which uses pyrolytic cleaning technology to turn greasy residue into ash that can be easily wiped away.

Tumble dryers
It’s easy to forget to clean the lint trap after every load of washing you put into the tumble dryer, but doing so can make all the difference, lint is highly flammable and allowing it to build up can pose a serious fire risk and also prevent your tumble dryer from working properly. 

Keep your stainless steel hob looking new by adding a little oil after cleaning. Wipe this over the hob with a soft cloth or kitchen towel. It will also help to stop food sticking to the surface.  If your igniter or gas ring doesn’t work properly from food build up then soak the rings in warm soapy water and clean the igniter gently with a toothbrush.