There’s almost nothing as satisfying as hearing the door slam as the final fitter leaves your house and you can look over your brand-new kitchen. Shiny, unused and perfect enough to grace the cover of any home-style magazine.
But then you actually have to use it.
The reason show-kitchens look so perfect is just that- they’re SHOW kitchens. No one has ever made a meal for three fussy children or desperately tried to scrape burnt cheese sauce off a pan into the sink of one of them. However, your kitchen is going to see a lot of action. With all the meal prep, socialising and cooking disasters, keeping it clean can be a challenge. While we’d all love to keep our kitchens looking as pristine as when they were installed, realistically its not going to happen.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do care and maintenance wise to keep your space looking shiny and new for as long as possible.
Thrills and Spills
One thing that can make a kitchen look untidy is stains. Some stains, once soaked in, are an absolute nightmare to get off. While many modern worktops are designed to be stain-resistant, you should still make sure to wipe up any spills as soon as possible as part of your kitchen aftercare.
Liquids can seep into surfaces surprisingly quickly, so take extra care if your kitchen worktop is made of a porous material. If you want to go the extra mile, you can take some extra precautions to keep your surfaces strong against spills: resealing granite worktops every few years or regularly oiling wooden surfaces for a finishing touch.
Cleaning Your Cabinets
One essential part of new kitchen aftercare is keeping your cabinets clean. Cabinets and cupboards are a prominent feature in most kitchens, so if they look dirty, it’s going to bring down the mood significantly. To keep them looking new, matt and gloss cabinets should be cleaned every week or two with surface cleaner or a very diluted solution of kitchen detergent and water.
Accidents can happen so your cupboards may end up with a few chips and scratches over the years, but it isn’t the end of the world. Plenty of retailers filler kits and services to buss away any unsightly remarks to get your cabinets back to near-perfect condition.
Everything Including the Kitchen Sink
If you’ve ever been in a kitchen then you’re probably all too aware that sinks see a LOT. From dirty plates, to rinsed off food, to pans left soaking for days on end, trying to keep them clean can feel like un uphill struggle. Don’t worry, kitchen aftercare for your sink isn’t as bad as you might think.
The best way to keep general grime away is to just clean it daily with warm water and dish soap. Preventing the build-up of limescale and dirt is key in maintain a healthy and shiny sink.
Since you sink sees a lot of dirty crockery and old food, it’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and should be sanitised regularly. The easiest way to do this is lining a dry sink with paper towels and soaking them with any anti-bacterial kitchen cleaner and leaving it for thirty minutes.
If you live in an area with hard water, then unfortunately limescale can become a bit of an issue… and it never looks nice. If limescale is left untreated it can end up looking worse than it already does by becoming stained by food colours or drinks. Luckily while it looks tough, you don’t need an electric sander to get it off. Natural acids found in lemon juice can soften the scale and help it shift. Just squirt on and leave for half an hour and then scrub off the offending patches with a sponge. Easy kitchen aftercare.
Maintaining good kitchen aftercare can be a big task, so naturally some things are going to get away from you. No worries, you’re only human.
To keep track, have a good look through everything at once a month and make a note of what needs to be don’t: are there any burnt on stains? Do your knives need sharpening? Are there rust spots on anything that you need to take care of? Some of these problems will only get worse the longer you leave them, so it’s good to have a check once and a while so you can tackle anything bad before it gets too out of hand.
Keep it Clutter Free
If there’s one thing we’ve mentioned countless times on this blog, it’s about keeping your kitchen clutter free. Not only does it open up your space and look a lot nicer, but it’s also an essential part of kitchen aftercare and maintenance.
Rule one of cleaning your kitchen is getting everything out of the way first, so maximising storage possibilities is crucial. This is especially important is you’re working with a smaller space. If finding ways to de-clutter is proving tricky, our Essex showroom has plenty of modern storage solutions to help maximise room in any kitchen.
In corner cupboards, a Lemans can be a great way of increasing space, fitting multiple bulky pots away in one unit and making them much easier to retrieve when cooking.
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