When you have invested time, consideration and money towards your dream kitchen installation, you want to be confident in the knowledge that your kitchen will continue to feel new for years to come. Choosing a team of reputable experts for your kitchen design is the first step to ensuring your kitchen will deliver what you expect from it. However, there are also some extra steps you could be taking to keep your kitchen shiny and new for as long as possible.
Kitchen Installation Aftercare: Cabinets
As your kitchen cabinets are the most noticeable part of your new kitchen installation, their appearance will have a huge impact on how the entire room looks and feels. It is worth spending some time keeping them in the best condition possible. Whether your cabinets are gloss or matte, they should be cleaned on a regular basis using a mild solution of kitchen detergent diluted in water. They should then be dried immediately afterwards to prevent warping and staining. Scrapes and scratches can happen, even on the sturdiest of materials. Buying a small amount of filler or paint in the same colour as your cabinets can be handy to keep these marks hidden away if they were to appear.
Nothing can be more irritating than having a kitchen drawer that doesn’t quite close properly. You can avoid this by keeping your drawer runners well dusted on a regular basis. Doing so will prevent dirt from clogging that can usually interfere with how smoothly the drawers close.
Similarly, if you wish to keep your hinges in good working order for longer, it is ideal that you avoid slamming. Better yet, opt for kitchen cabinets with a soft-close mechanism if you are living with those who are prone to shutting doors a little too roughly!
Splashes and Spills
You can have the most perfect kitchen installation in the world and accidents will still occur. This is why all kitchen worktops are designed to withstand minor spills and splashes. As a general rule, however, it is always ideal that you wipe up liquids as soon as you can if you wish to keep them from soaking in and leaving stains. You will need to give more care and attention to more porous materials to keep them waterproof. Wooden worktops will need to be treated a few times a year and granite worktops will need resealing once every five years.
You will often find that failures of appliances are down to people using them incorrectly. Things such as overloading washing machines or accidentally blocking microwave vents can cause damage. Take the time to read your instruction manuals to avoid the stress of repairs in the long-run.
It is also important that you keep your appliances clean regularly. Doing so can save you from having to spend money on the cost of replacement parts or an entirely new appliance. Be sure to pay extra attention to removing lint from the dryer after each wash as a build-up can pose a fire risk.
If you live in a hard water area, you may find that your sink often appears to be stained due to the build-up of limescale. This is certainly more noticeable if it has come into contact with strong-coloured food and drink such as wine or coffee. You can fight this by using natural acids such as lemon juice. Simply leave it to soak and then scrub with the rough side of the sponge and it’ll leave your sinks sparkling!
Talk to Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms
So, now you know the basics for keeping your new kitchen installation fresh for as long as possible, it’s time to actually think about getting that kitchen! Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms is here to ensure you get the kitchen of your dreams. We can even offer a free home design visit to see what we can do to give you the environment you need. Get in touch to find out more.