Essential kitchen aftercare tips

How to keep your kitchen looking brand new for longer

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When you’ve dedicated time and money towards getting the kitchen of your dreams, you want to know that ‘new kitchen’ feeling will last for years to come.

Choosing a quality kitchen from reputable experts is the first step towards ensuring your kitchen stands up to the pressures of everyday life, but there are also a few extra steps you can take to keep your kitchen in pristine condition for longer.

Cabinet care

Since your kitchen cabinets are the most prominent part of your new kitchen, the way they look will have a huge impact on the overall feel of the room, so it’s worth taking a little time to keep them in top condition. For both gloss and matt cabinets, it’s best to regularly clean cabinet exteriors with a mild solution of kitchen detergent diluted in water, then dry immediately afterward to prevent staining and warping. In case of accidental scratches and scrapes, Magnet also offers wax filler kits perfectly matched to the colour of your Magnet kitchen, so you can easily cover any chips and cracks to restore the smooth finish of your cabinets.

A lighter touch

There’s nothing more frustrating than a kitchen drawer that doesn’t quite close properly, but dusting drawer runners frequently can help to prevent clogged dirt that can keep drawers from closing smoothly. Similarly, avoid slamming doors to keep hinges in good working order for longer, or opt for kitchen cabinets with a soft-close mechanism if you live with teens or children who are prone to shutting doors a little too roughly!

Splashes and spills

Accidents happen, so all kitchen worktops are designed to withstand minor spills and splashes, but as a general rule it’s always best to wipe up liquids as quickly as possible to prevent them from soaking in and staining worktops. More porous materials also need a little extra care to ensure they remain waterproof, from oiling wooden worktops three to four times a year to re-sealing granite worktops once every five years.

Trustworthy tech

Often appliance failures are down to improper use of the technology, like overloading washing machines or accidentally blocking microwave vents, so take the time to read the instruction manual; it’s worth it to avoid the stress of repairs in the long run.

Regular cleaning is also important to extend the life of your appliances and save you from having to deal with the cost of replacement parts. Pay particular attention to removing lint from the tumble dryer after every wash, since a build-up can pose a fire risk.

Sparkle and shine

If you live in a hard water area, the build-up of limescale around your sink can cause it to look stained, particularly if it comes into contact with strong-coloured food and drink leftovers like red wine and tomato sauce. Natural acids like lemon juice are a great way to combat this common issue to return the sparkling sheen to your sink – simply leave to soak then scrub with the rough side of a sponge.

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