Tips & Advice

Listed below are some tips and advice for looking after your new Kitchen;

Doors

Wooden
Each Door has characteristic variations in grain and colour and should be cared for in the same way as any piece of furniture. In most cases they should be cleaned with only a slightly damp cloth to help preserve the beauty of the wood. A good quality wax furniture polish can also be applied on occasion to enhance their natural beauty. For persistent marks they can be removed by first using a very mild solution of water and household detergent (non abrasive). Alternatively, sugar water can be used which is good for removing grease. Once the mark is removed the area should be wiped over with a damp cloth to remove any excess and then finally dried with a soft clean cloth. No water should ever be left on any surface of the door for any length of time. On NO account must an abrasive or solvent cleaner be used as they could damage the surface.

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.

Melamine, Vinyl & Foil Wrapped MDF Doors
Occasional marks can be removed with a soft damp cloth, warm water and a very mild detergent. Moisture will not harm the surface of these doors but in order to protect them never allow water to lie on any surface, always wipe any spillage immediately.

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.

Glass Doors
A non abrasive window cleaner should be used if the door is leaded. Care should be taken when using cleaning solutions on the decorative leading.
Polyester Lacquered Doors
Occasional marks in most cases can be removed with a soft damp cloth. More persistent marks can be removed using a solution of 50% water and 50% methylated spirits. Once the mark is removed, the area should be wiped over with a damp cloth to remove any excess and dried with a soft clean cloth. Do not use other solvents or an abrasive cleaner as these could cause permanent damage to the surface.

PLEASE TAKE CARE WITH…

Staining

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.

Sinks

Granite Sinks
The quality of your water can affect the good looks of your sink by giving the appearance of staining. This ‘staining’ is generally a build up of lime scale or similar mineral deposit, particularly prevalent in hard water areas. Lime scale readily absorbs staining agents such as tea, coffee, red wine etc., spoiling the appearance of your sink. For this reason always rinse and dry your sink each time you use it to avoid mineral deposits being left behind on the surface when the water evaporates.

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.

Cleaning

  • 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.

Stainless Steel Sinks
Stainless steel sinks can sometimes harbour ferrous (iron based) particles from the water supply, especially during or immediately after new installations, when pipe work has been disturbed. Filings are deposited on the stainless steel surface, where they will cling, and then rust, unless removed. The ferrous particles may return unless completely removed, so the sink needs to be dried thoroughly after cleaning – and several applications may be necessary before the rust spots are entirely removed.

Cleaning

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’.

Scratching

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
Cleaning

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.