Helpful tips on how to look after your kitchen
Taking care of your kitchen will keep it in good condition for years to come and expand its lifetime. Whilst you may think giving the worktops or cupboards a wipe down may do the trick, the internal cupboards collect dust and scuff marks which also need attention. There is so much that can be done to prevent any damages to the surfaces and units and regular maintenance is vital, so we are here to help you make the most out of your kitchen.
Check out our tips on how to maintain the quality of your kitchen units, worktops and appliances.
An effective, inexpensive and natural way to clean your doors and cabinets is to make a solution of warm water and vinegar (2 parts water, 1 part vinegar). Use a cloth dampened in the solution to give the units a good wipe down. This will get rid of any dirt and grease stains. Do this bi-monthly for a deep and thorough clean.
If you do not have vinegar then liquid soap is a suitable alternative as it works as a degreaser.
Antibacterial cleaning wipes are a quick and easy way to clean dirt marks off your cabinets. Scented ones are an added bonus as they leave your kitchen smelling fresh too. Do this once a week to avoid a build up of dust and food splatters.
Use an old toothbrush to get around the small areas like door knobs and handles.
The method of cleaning worktops depends on the material you have…
Laminate worktops can easily be cleaned with an antibacterial kitchen spray, hot water and liquid soap or antibacterial wipes.
Granite or Marble worktops can be cleaned with a mixture of non-abrasive dish soap and warm water and wiped dry with a clean microfibre cloth. Steer clear of bleach or ammonia-based cleaners as this can be damaging to the surface.
Wooden worktops can be cleaned with homemade solution of 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1tbs of liquid soap. Add the mixture to a spray bottle, spray your worktops and wipe with a clean damp cloth.
For stainless steel appliances combine equal vinegar and water in a spray bottle. This will naturally disinfect, deodorise and clean your appliances. For extra cleaning power on tough stains add bicarbonate of soda, which is really effective in removing dirt.
Always use microfibre cloths or cotton cloths to clean your appliances and not paper towels as this will leave streak marks.
Oven grills are a nightmare to clean, but we’ve found a brilliant tried and tested hack to get them sparkling like new. Fill your sink with hot water and add 3 lids of fabric conditioner, soak the grills for an hour and see how the dirt falls off.