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January 15, 2024

Kitchen Maintenance Tips: Appliances, Flooring, and More

Maintaining a pristine home is a goal for many, and the heart of any home is the kitchen; it's the space where we cook, eat, and gather, so keeping it in top shape makes our lives easier and enhances the overall aesthetic of our home. This article focuses on essential kitchen maintenance tips to help those who aspire to keep their kitchen looking brand new.

Kitchen Sink and Countertop Maintenance


Regular Cleaning and Limescale Management:

You use your kitchen sink and faucets daily; this makes them look worn, especially in hard water areas. Here are some tips to deal with this issue:
Regularly drying off water helps prevent limescale.
Tackle existing limescale with a citric-based solution like lemon or vinegar. Apply the solution with a soft cloth, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then clean. An old toothbrush can help with tough spots.
Regularly disinfecting the sink area is vital to keep dirt and bacteria at bay.

Keeping Pipes and Drains Clear

Slow drains or bad smells signal blockages. A home plunger can often solve such problems according to the property type.
Preventative measures include food residues and coffee grounds in compost or trash rather than down the sink.
Cooking oils should be cooled, solidified, and thrown in the garbage to avoid pipe blockage and environmental hazards.

Utilising Silicone Gap Covers

Narrow gaps between countertops and appliances often accumulate grime and bacteria. However, trimmed-to-size silicone gap covers can cover these gaps, simplifying cleaning and enhancing hygiene.

Fixing Dripping Taps

A dripping tap is more than just an annoyance; it wastes a precious resource and can lead to increased water bills. Even a few drops can add up, so addressing any tap leaks should be a priority for environmental and financial reasons.

Kitchen Equipment Maintenance

Appliances often accumulate dirt, grease, and limescale, necessitating regular cleaning. Therefore, you should maintain them for their longevity and efficiency. Here is a kitchen cleaning checklist you can use:

Cleaning the Oven

1. Preparation:
Switch off your oven before starting.
Lay newspaper on the floor to catch debris.
2. Initial Cleaning:
Use a dry brush to scrape off caked-on food from the interior, allowing the debris to fall onto the newspaper.
3. Applying Cleaning Product:
Spray the interior with a suitable oven cleaner, avoiding the fan, gas supply elements, and pilot light, especially in gas ovens.
For a bicarbonate of soda paste, apply and leave it overnight for effective results.
4. Cleaning the Oven Rack:
Consider using oven rack soaking kits, where racks are placed in large bags with a specialist cleaning fluid (Remember to wear protective gloves and clothing due to the fluid's corrosive nature).
Soak the racks in a large bowl, bin bag, or bathtub, using natural cleaners if you're concerned about damaging enamel surfaces.
5. Cleaning a Glass Oven Door:
To maintain a clear view through the glass oven door, regularly clean it to remove baked-on foods using a sponge or microfibre cloth. Avoid harsh scourers like wire wool to prevent scratches.
For deeper cleaning, you may remove the glass for soaking; this allows access to the area between the door's inner and outer glass, where grease accumulates. Refer to your oven's manual for instructions.
Use non-caustic cleaners on the glass. Warm, soapy water followed by a vinegar-based glass cleaner is effective for a streak-free finish.
6. Final Touches:
After replacing the glass, clean the door from the outside and control panels with standard kitchen cleaner or soapy water.
Wearing rubber gloves, wipe away or sweep the cleaning product and debris. Ensure that these products do not come into contact with your skin.

Cleaning the Microwave

To remove the dried food from the microwave, try the following:
Place a bowl of water mixed with white vinegar or lemon juice and a lemon slice in the microwave.
Heat on high for a few minutes, then let it cool.
Wipe the interior with a damp sponge.
Clean the plate separately by hand or in the dishwasher.

Utilising Oven and Grill Liners

For Ovens:
Consider an oven liner to catch spills and prevent food from baking on surfaces. Select one suitable for your oven type, especially if you have a fan oven, and check its temperature tolerance.
For Grills:
Grill liners function similarly, placed at the bottom of the grill pan for easy cleaning.

Managing Condensation

Cooking generates moisture, leading to condensation and potential mould growth. To prevent mould growth, we recommend the following:
Ventilate by opening a window or using an extractor fan.
Move the kettle away from under cupboards to prevent mould from steam.

Kitchen Flooring and Walls Maintenance

The grouting, in particular, can significantly affect the appearance of your floors and walls. Here is how to maintain it:

Cleaning the Grouting on Your Kitchen Tiles

1. Consider Your Tile Type:
Use gentle, non-abrasive, and non-acidic cleaners for natural stone tiles to prevent staining.
For ceramic tiles, a mix of vinegar and warm water works well.
2. Scrubbing Process:
Use a gentle brush, like a soft old toothbrush, for scrubbing.
Try a combination of baking soda and vinegar or a specialised grout cleaner for stubborn stains.

One Last Tip

A well-maintained kitchen is a testament to thoughtful homeownership. Remember, the initial choice of your residential property, including its design and materials, plays a significant role in the ease of kitchen maintenance. By selecting a property with quality infrastructure, you can reduce the effort required in upkeep. So, take the first step towards a perfect kitchen by asking the real estate company about such details. Let your kitchen be a reflection of your care and attention to detail.