Listed below are some tips and advice for looking after your new Kitchen;
Most people are aware of the fact the wood changes colour when exposed to light, the rate of change being dependent upon the type of wood and the intensity of exposure. Therefore, when ordering an additional timber door some time after the original kitchen has been installed, please be aware that a variation in colour is probable.
Do NOT use harsh scouring powders or solvents as they will damage the surface. To prevent heat damage to foil wrapped doors we strongly advise that extractors are always used above working hobs and that ignited jets of a hob are never used without saucepans above.
PLEASE TAKE CARE WITH…
The finishes used on various doors will resist most household chemicals. However damage and discolouration can be caused by some chemicals and strong dyes such as concentrated fruit juices, beetroot juice etc. If spillage occurs, wipe away and rinse immediately; ensure to leave the door dry.
Temperature & Humidity
When cooking and washing try to ensure there is adequate ventilation. Dryers, if possible, should be vented to the outside to avoid excessive humidity in the kitchen. Excessive changes in temperature and humidity should be avoided as much as possible.
To remove any lime scale that has built up on your sink, try using a proprietary lime scale removing product such as Viakal or Limelite. Alternatively, soak in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. This will loosen the scale, making it possible to scrub it away with an abrasive pad and kitchen sink cleaner.
- Washing-up liquid and warm water should be used for everyday cleaning, ensuring that the sink is then dried with a soft cloth, to avoid lime scale build up.
- Stubborn stains can be removed by the use of `Bar Keepers Friend`. This should be sprinkled onto the sink and scrubbed into a paste with a Scotchbrite pad before thoroughly rinsing off. This is available at most large supermarkets or available online at www.homecareproducts.co.uk
- Deeply ingrained stains can be removed by filling the bowl firstly with 40 parts water followed by 1 part bleach (or biological washing powder) and soak overnight. Drain, then rinse thoroughly with water. Note – this should not be used as routine cleaning!
Take Care to Avoid
- Leaving undiluted bleach or cleaning agents containing bleach on your sink for any length of time. Examples of cleaning agents containing bleach include many of the new ‘trigger-dispense’ products, most domestic dishwasher liquids and some multipurpose cream cleaners.
- If bleach is necessary, eg. To clean the overflow or waste outlet, squirt into the hole, leave 2 -3 minutes only, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Under no circumstances leave in contact with the surface for longer than 30 minutes.
- Try to avoid dropping sharp objects onto the sink as they may chip or damage the surface. They are also likely to be damaged themselves! Leaving wet cleaning aids on the sink (such as cloths, pads, containers).These trap water causing lime scale build up when the water evaporates.
General cleaning only requires the use of warm soapy water. As with granite sinks ‘Bar Keepers Friend’ can be used. The cleaner should be sprinkled onto the sink and worked into a paste with a stiff nylon nail brush – not a cloth or washing-up brush – before the sink is thoroughly rinsed and dried. For polishing, we then advise using ‘Shiny Sinks’ after using the ‘Bar Keepers Friend’.
Stainless steel will always scratch, and because of the directional polishing marks on sinks, scratching may show up quite dramatically initially. However with regular use and periodic cleaning (with the above items) the stainless steel will build up a patina over the years and the scratch marks will become progressively less visible.
Ceramic sinks are best cleaned with water and a damp cloth. To remove water marks, grease or soap scum deposits, a proprietary cleaner as such as Cif or Flash liquid spray can be used.
Marks that cannot be removed in this way (often caused by aluminium saucepans) can be eliminated by using ‘Astonish’ which can be obtained by mail-order on 01274 767440, online at www.astonishcleaners.co.uk, or in major supermarkets.
Repairing a chipped sink
Usually the result of impact damage, a chip will have no bearing on the performance of a ceramic sink. The sink can be repaired with a Ceramic Repair Kit.