Kitchens see a lot of action in the home and need to be hard-wearing and durable to withstand that. Cleaning kitchen worktops is one of the main tasks in maintaining the space. They certainly take a lot of hammer in the room. Looking after your kitchen is one of those boring but necessary tasks to make sure it is up to the job!
A kitchen is a big investment, so you want it to last. Caring for your kitchen is crucial. Looking after your kitchen is also key to its sustainability – a long-lasting kitchen is a more sustainable one.
Maintaining a kitchen is largely down to regular cleaning, using the appropriate materials. This will partly depend on the materials your kitchen is made from. We will take you through caring for cabinets, doors as well as your kitchen worktop.
Worktops are the workhorse of the kitchen and over time, all experience a fair bit of wear and tear. Your kitchen worktop will most likely require more attention and love and care than any other part of your kitchen.
This guide will give you advice on caring for your kitchen and outlines general maintenance tips for your kitchen worktop. We also provide below links to further information on specific worktop types.
With all worktop types (even solid stone) we recommend using a trivet at all times to protect the worktops from hot pans and dishes etc. We don’t recommend chopping directly onto any of our worktops, it won’t do them or your knives any good. Always use a chopping board.
Another good general rule is to wipe up any spills as soon as possible after they occur with a damp cloth, and very mild soapy water if necessary. This is particularly important for wooden worktops. Try not to leave water or hot mugs sitting on the worktops for prolonged periods, over time it will save on maintenance and keep your worktops looking lovely for longer. Additionally, please avoid leaving oil bottles and soap dishes on the worktops, as these can also leave marks on timber surfaces.
Doors & panels
Painted Timber Doors
Use very mild soapy water to clean your doors, be sure to dry them after cleaning with a soft clean dry cloth. Don’t use abrasive or bleach-based cleaners as they may damage the paintwork. There’s a hardener in the paint, so it should be quite resistant to knocks and bumps. You should have received some touch-up paint with your kitchen, let us know if you’ve not got this. The paint is mixed with the hardener, 9:1, and can be used to repair any damaged paintwork.
Unless we’ve told you otherwise, your timber doors are finished with a lacquer. They can be cleaned with a damp cloth with very mild soapy water. Be sure to dry them after cleaning with a soft clean dry cloth.
Mild soapy water on a cloth should be sufficient to clean the internals of your cabinets, make sure to dry them afterwards to avoid any water damage.
There’s a silicone seal around the edges of your worktops (where they meet the wall or tall cabinets). We use a very high-quality silicone, but it still doesn’t last forever. Keep an eye on the seal, if it looks like it’s deteriorating (more often than not this happens behind the sink first), then it may be necessary to remove the old silicone and replace it with new. If you’re not sure what to do or would like to book us to do this for you, give us a call.
Cleaning Kitchen Worktops
Grab your free guide for tips on cleaning kitchen worktops. All of our standard materials are listed below, but if you are looking for a different one, get in touch!
You might also like our advice post: Choosing a Kitchen Worktop
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