How to look after your new kitchen

Author: Claire

Young woman doing housework, cleaning the kitchen

If you’ve recently had a new kitchen installed – Congratulations! We hope it will give you many years of enjoyment and practical use. To keep your kitchen looking as good as new for as long as possible, make sure you follow Price Kitchens’ helpful care and maintenance tips, which are also available to download here.

Kitchen units, doors and carcases

• Don’t use harsh abrasive cleaning products, or wax furniture polish on melamine faced kitchen furniture as this may damage the surface. We recommend that you test any cleaning agent on a small unobtrusive area first.

• The safest cleaning method is to use a mild soapy water solution, using a damp cloth and drying off with a soft, dry, clean cloth afterwards.

• Position your kettle, toaster and any other small electrical appliances away from the underside of wall units in order to minimise any potential damage.

• Mop up any water spillages straight away with a soft, dry cloth.

• Any cooking spills and splashes should be wiped up immediately with a damp cloth.

Laminate worktops

• For cleaning, use a mild soapy water solution and a damp cloth, then polish off with a soft, clean dry cloth.

• To remove stains, a quick wipe with bleach is OK as long as any residue is wiped off the surface immediately and the area dried thoroughly. Lingering bleach may soften the laminate and can cause real damage to your worktop.

• Do not place hot pans directly onto the worktop – use a trivet or wooden board instead.

• It is recommended to keep kettles and other small appliances away from worktop joints to protect them, since constant temperature changes can cause the joint sealant to break down.

• Any water spills should be dried immediately.

Woman cleaning the counter  in the kitchen

Sinks and taps

• To clean a stainless sink, we recommend Shiny Sinks, a specially formulated cleaning product that removes tough dirt, soap scum, stains and hard water marks from stainless steel sinks, which is widely available in the shops. Do not use abrasive cleaners, and make sure no salt, vinegar, citric fruit juices, mustards or pickles are left on the surface for any length of time. Using a plastic bowl inside a stainless steel sink is not advised as this can cause heavy localised scratching.

• Ceramic sinks should be cleaned with water and a damp cloth, and occasionally a dilute solution of bleach to keep the surface clean and sparkling. Don’t use abrasive cleaners as they will dull the glossy finish.

• For synthetic sinks, use dishwasher powder or Bar Keepers Friend, a non-abrasive cleaner and polish that removes rust and hard water stains on porcelain, tile, marble and glass as well as stainless steel, brass, copper and plastic. Make into a paste and scrub with a nylon brush before rinsing thoroughly.

• Kitchen taps should be cleaned with care, using mild soapy water (not abrasive cleaners) and a soft cloth.

Cleaning kitchen sink close-up

At Price Kitchens, we’ve been using our design expertise to supply a stunning selection of designer kitchens to the general public and to the trade for over 30 years. As a leading kitchen manufacturer, we craft our furniture using the latest software systems and precision machinery, and are proud of our high levels of customer care.

For details about any of our kitchen collections and expert advice to help you get the kitchen of your dreams, why not give us a call on 020 8686 9006 or pop into our large showroom in Croydon, South London?

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