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Kitchen Maintenance you really should be doing!

If you've recently had your kitchen fitted, it's essential to take the utmost care of it to ensure its longevity and maintain its brand new appearance. Here are Carlito's top tips for extending the life of your kitchen:



Clean Regularly

Scrubbing a gas cooker

Regular cleaning is key to preventing the build-up of grease, food, and dirt, keeping everything looking fresh. Make it a habit to wipe down work surfaces daily, vacuum regularly, and clean the floors at least once every 10 days.

Purchase kitchen cleaning products that leave your kitchen not just looking amazing but smelling incredible too!



De-clutter

Tidy kitchen worktop with utensils pot and tea, coffee and sugar pots

Kitchens often become a hub of household activity, leading to clutter accumulation. Combat this by providing designated spaces for items that tend to get dumped, such as key hooks, a post stand, and pen pots. Creating "proper homes" for these things will help maintain a clutter-free kitchen.



Organise

Spice rack with matching glass jars

Regularly organise the contents of your cupboards before the task becomes overwhelming. Arrange items by checking their use-by dates and placing the ones expiring soon at the front of the shelves. Discard anything past its prime. Take the time to organise utensils, cookware, and other kitchen essentials, ensuring everything has its rightful place. Patrick and Chantel's spice rack with its charming, matching glass jars is definitely an inspiration!



Follow the instructions

Lady cleaning the filter of her dishwasher

To avoid the expensive hassle of fixing or replacing kitchen appliances, read and adhere to the manufacturer's instructions. Routine maintenance, such as cleaning filters, can significantly extend the lifespan of your appliances. If you ever need advice regarding your kitchen maintenance, don't hesitate to reach out to us - we're here to help!



Care for your sink

A clean white sink on wooden worktops in a tidy kitchen

A dirty or damaged sink can make a kitchen appear older and worn out. If you have a Belfast sink, be cautious of potential staining from certain foods or drinks like berries, coloured spices (like turmeric), vinegar, red wine, and coffee. For stainless steel sinks, be mindful of scratching or denting the surface, hard water mineral deposits, harsh cleaners, chemicals, and rust.



Prevent water damage

A cat licking water drops from a kitchen tap

Regularly inspect your kitchen for any signs of leaks or water damage. Tighten any dripping taps, and thoroughly check areas around the sink, under it, near the dishwasher, beneath your units, and close to water supply connections. If you suspect a water leak, don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.





Ventilate the space


Extractor fan over the top of an electric cooker

Proper ventilation is crucial for reducing humidity, preventing grease buildup, and eliminating lingering cooking smells. Choose an appropriate extractor fan for your kitchen, considering the room's size and the location of the hob. Luckily, extractor fans have come a long way in terms of design, with stylish options available. For an extra touch, you can opt for extractor fans that rise out of kitchen islands or those flush with the ceiling, operated via remote control.


Protect your worktops


Woman spraying cleaning product on a worktop

Different worktop materials require specific care. It's vital to use the appropriate cleaning products and avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubbers that could damage the surface. Utilise cutting boards when cooking and purchase a set of trivets to place hot pans on and avoid burning or marking your worktops.




By following these tips, you'll ensure your kitchen stays in excellent condition, maintaining its beauty and functionality for years to come!



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