Once you have your beautiful kitchen designed, built and installed, you will want to keep it in the best possible condition so it will last you for many years to come. It is important to gain a sense of general kitchen maintenance to extend the life and look of your kitchen. The materials you selected for your kitchen will determine how you will need to take care of your kitchen. Below are some guidelines to keep your kitchen beautiful for a long time to come. Please click the materials below to find out how best to care for them.
If your oven is self-cleaning, consult the owner’s manual for instructions on how to use this feature. The self-cleaning feature works by heating the interior of the oven to a temperature so hot that it incinerates the residue inside the oven. Normally, it is not a good idea to clean the interior of a self-cleaning oven with a spray cleaner; however, refer to your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer of your oven for further information. To clean a non-self-cleaning oven, use one of the many oven cleaners that are available at grocery and hardware stores.
- Clean the condenser coils – if they are dirty the fridge will have to work harder, shortening its life exectancy and increasing energy costs.
- Clean the drip pan and drain hole – if they become clogged condensation can build up in the fridge.
- Check the gasket seals around the doors – they keep the warm air out and the cool air in so its vital that they are sealing properly.
- Check the Fridge is level – if not, then the doors may not be closing properly.
- Check the water filter – if you have an ice maker or water dispenser.
- Defrost the freezer – if you dont have an automatic defroster, if the ice builds up to more than 1cm you should defrost the freezer, by turning off the freezer, removing all the contents, waiting some time for the ice to melt, knock off big sections of ice, wipe the inside of the freezer and the gaskets, then return the contents.
- Minimize moisture by keeping food covered and containers shut.
- Dont use paper as a wrapper, instead use aluminium or plastic.
- Full Freezers perform better than if they are nearly empty.
- Pre-rinsing is a waste of time and water. Dishes need only to be scraped of solids and then placed in the dishwasher.
- Face the dirtiest dishes towards the centre for maximum water exposure.
- Don’t place the dishes too closely – the water spray won’t reach what is not exposed.
- To avoid chipping ensure breakable items don’t touch others.
- Don’t machine-wash metal other than stainless steel, disposable plastics, gold-coloured cutlery, gold-leaf china, hollow-handle knives or anything made of wood.
- Aluminium items may discolour.
Clean anything that you spill on the floor immediately, and dont allow it to soak and stain the kitchen floor. Some floor coverings may lift, split or warp with constant moisture, such as floating floors and parquetry. Ensure the floor is kept as dry as possible and maintain varnish to allow as little moisture in as possible.