So you’ve just invested in a beautiful new kitchen and you’re delighted with the results. Yes, there was some disruption when it was being installed, but now it’s done you can rest assured that you won’t need to go through all that again for many years to come.
The best way to make sure that your new kitchen not only lasts as long as possible but also stays looking as good as new is to take care of it. So we’ve put together some top tips to help you keep your kitchen in prime condition.
It’s an obvious point to make because you’re going to keep your kitchen clean anyway, but it’s vital that you use appropriate cleaning materials on your surfaces to make sure you don’t accidentally cause damage, such as using an abrasive cleaning product that might scratch or erode your surfaces. Often it’s as simple as getting rid of stains simply by using washing up liquid, a soft cloth, and a bit of elbow grease.
For light marks such as fingerprints, use a damp cloth and then wipe over with a soft, dry one. Always wipe up splashes immediately with a damp cloth before they have a chance to dry or stain.
If you really want to make sure your surfaces look good and free of evidence of sticky fingers, you could opt for an anti-fingerprint finish. It will significantly reduce the chances of seeing finger marks and makes it easier to keep your surfaces looking their best.
Make sure you think of the big picture when it comes to items such as kettles and toasters which create heat and steam. Don’t place them directly underneath a wall unit, especially if you have under-cabinet lighting, as the rising steam can cause warping, swelling and may affect your lighting.
Stainless steel appliances look stunning in a kitchen but can be a magnet for dust and marks (particularly from grubby little fingers!). Keep them clean by wiping them down with a damp cloth and then dry straight away with a soft, clean cloth. The top tip here though is to then apply a thin layer of baby oil, which has the dual function of retaining the sheen of the steel and also helping to prevent food and dust from sticking to the surface.
If you have a stainless steel sink, don’t use a plastic washing up bowl as it can scratch the surface.
No matter how high quality your worktops are, they will get damaged if they’re not looked after properly. Therefore, always use a chopping board rather than cutting directly on to the surface, and never place hot pots and pans directly on to the worktop – use a mat or a trivet. Make sure any splashes are cleaned up immediately and avoid spilling highly coloured and acidic foodstuffs as these may stain the surface. If your worktops are wooden, make sure they are oiled regularly.
The more steps you take to keep your new kitchen clean and protected against damage, the longer it will serve the dual purpose of being practical and beautiful!