Kitchen Care – Maintaining Your New Kitchen
When we install your new kitchen, we want it to last a lifetime! Learn more about the proper ways to care for your new kitchen by reading our instructions below.
Maintaining Kitchen Cabinets
We manufacture your kitchen cabinets from Melteca and Melamine, durable and stylish laminates. They are hard wearing and water resistant but they can be damaged by water in some cases, due to leaks or seepage. If this happens, please contact your plumber immediately.
Cleaning Your Kitchen Cabinets
After your kitchen installation, you should clean Melteca and Melamine using a streak-free glass cleaner or a high-quality microfibre cloth. For more difficult stains, start by using a dishwashing detergent on a damp cloth. To clean glass doors or aluminium doors, spray glass cleaner onto the cloth (not directly onto the glass). Alternatively use a high-quality microfibre cloth without cleaners.
Arborform and Dezignatek vinyl, foil-wrapped doors should be wiped over using a cleaning agent such as dish-washing detergent or Spray and Wipe. Under no circumstances should abrasive cleaners such as Jif or Ajax be used.
Maintaining Laminate Kitchen Benchtops
Your kitchen benchtops are manufactured from low maintenance, high-pressure laminate. They are heat and scratch resistant. There are a few things you can do to maintain the quality of the benches when removing pots and pans straight from the hob or oven:
- Use a heatproof mat or board to protect the bench
- Don’t drag rough objects across the bench, as scratches may damage the surface
- Don’t use a knife to cut directly onto the bench surface – always use a cutting board
- Be aware that the base board of your bench does not have the same waterproof qualities as the top surface. Please contact your plumber immediately should any leaks or seepage occur.
- Avoid placing frequently used heated objects on joins, e.g. toasters or kettles
Maintaining Granite Kitchen Benchtops
Granite is one of the most durable and hardwearing stones. It is almost impossible to scratch under normal kitchen use. Granite kitchen benchtops will not be damaged if you place hot utensils on it (although this is not recommended) or by sharp knives. Diamond or tungsten implements can scratch the surface. Granite is also resistant to spills of substances such as acids and alcohol.
Avoid staining your granite benchtops with foods such as beetroot, wine and cooking oil, particularly when hot. Always clean up food stains immediately.
Cleaning Your Kitchen Benchtops
Cleaning with dishwashing detergent is usually sufficient, however, stubborn food stains may need full strength Handy Andy or Janola diluted 1 part to 3 water.
For everyday cleaning of Granite kitchen benchtops, we recommend wiping the surface of your benchtop with warm, soapy water and a damp cloth. Alternatively, use a good quality spray and wipe cleaner. Granite can also be polished with aerosol polishes such as Pledge.
A Guide to Cleaning Appliances
Usually, your cooking appliances have either a powder coated or stainless exterior finish. You should always refer to the particular manufacturer’s guidance for their recommended cleaning techniques. However, as a general guide, you might find the following useful:
POWDER COATED (ENAMEL) SURFACES
- Use dishwashing detergent to clean the black or white powder-coated finish on your hob or oven.
- Do not use scouring products such as Jif or Ajax.
STAINLESS STEEL SURFACES
- Always wipe with detergent based cleaner
- Never use scouring products e.g. Jif or Ajax. Avoid aggressive detergents such as oven cleaner coming in contact with stainless steel
- To remove finger marks and smears we recommend the use of a high-quality microfibre cloth.
- Clean with specialist ceramic hob cleaners available from your supermarket.
- Burnt on spills can be scraped off using either a glass scraper or the scraper provided by the hob manufacturer.
Food trapped in the door seals can be the cause of dishwasher odours.
- Clean periodically with a damp sponge to prevent this occurring.
- To clean the exterior and rubber parts of the dishwasher use a cloth and warm soapy water.
- Do not use solvents of abrasive cleaning products.
- Spots and stains on the interior surface are best moved using white vinegar on a damp cloth.
Sinks are manufactured from high-quality stainless steel, which provides a surface with maximum durability. However, stainless steel can be scratched or scuffed. When scuffing does occur, please remember that this is normal and the effect will become uniform with age. The high-quality stainless steel will not lose its attractive shine. Clean regularly to maintain the appearance:
- Wipe with a soft, soapy cloth, rinse and dry after every use.
- Drying is very important to eliminate any film build-up that may develop from hard water deposits.
- Avoid bleaches containing hypochlorite and silver dip cleaners that cause pitting and staining.
- Avoid leaving behind certain foods that can cause pitting and corrosion. Foods include citric fruit juices, salt, vinegar, mustard, pickles and mayonnaise.
- Strong acids can damage stainless steel (eg. Photographic developing liquids or denture cleanser). If they come into contact with the sink, they should be washed away immediately with clean water.
For more tips on how to maintain your new kitchen after your kitchen installation, get in touch with Ace Kitchens and Laminates in Wellington today!