It is all too easy for the kitchen to become messy, grimy, and smelly. However, it is equally easy to keep it clean if you wipe up after yourself and spend a little time on frequently used appliances and sides. Wash up your utensils as you cook and mop up spills as they happen, and your kitchen will instantly become a tidier and more manageable room.
A good multi-purpose cleaner that can be applied all around the kitchen can be made from water and a liquid dishwashing detergent combined in a spray bottle. Do not squeeze too much liquid in though, or the solution will be too foamy to spray.
Do not mix ammonia and bleach as it will create toxic fumes.
Most stains can be removed by blotting with a solution of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water. Leave it to work for half an hour, and then scrub with a little baking soda if required.
Shaving cream is also an effective agent against harsh stains, and water with baking soda paste has been known to work well against coffee stains.
Each benchtop will carry its own guarantee and care instructions. It is advisable that you ask for this information upon installation.
A damp cloth removes spills and greasy spots. Rub with a clean, dry cloth to bring back brightness. Occasionally clean with warm soapy water. To remove heavy build-up of dirt use Mr Muscle ‘Surface & Glass’, Windex or Ajax ‘Spray n Wipe’ spray cleaners. Do not put hot saucepans directly onto your benchtop and do not cut directly on your benchtop.
Wiping the surface with warm soapy water (a mild detergent) on a regular basis is all that is required. Alternatively use a quality Spray n Wipe spray cleaner. For difficult spills use a non abrasive scotchbrite pad or a non abrasive cleaner. Do not put hot saucepans directly onto your benchtop and do not cut directly on your benchtop.
Although granite benchtops are sealed they are naturally a porous product. To avoid staining wipe up spills immediately.
Clean regularly with warm water or use ‘Mr Muscle’. Dry with a clean t-towel or paper towel to avoid streaking. A silicone furniture polish will maintain the luster if used every 2 months. Do not put hot saucepans directly onto your benchtop and do not cut directly on your benchtop.
Clean regularly with warm soapy water. Satin and brushed finishes can be revitalised with a rub with a scotchbrite pad in the same direction of the grain to remove most scratches. Do not put hot saucepans directly onto your benchtop and do not cut directly on your benchtop.
Warm soapy water or ammonia-based cleaners will remove most dirt and stains. Do not put hot saucepans directly onto your benchtop and do not cut directly on your benchtop.
Spills should be wiped with a damp cloth immediately because moisture may cause damage. Polish with a good quality furniture polish. Do not put hot saucepans directly onto your benchtop and do not cut directly on your benchtop.
Keeping your melamine surfaces clean is easy. Regular cleaning simply involves wiping with a clean damp cloth. For stubborn grease and grime, use diluted vinegar and water or sugar soap. For spills and stains, the most important thing is to catch the stain early, wiping it with warm soapy water is the first thing to try.
While doors and panels are water resistant, they are not waterproof. Care should be taken to ensure that they do not have excessive exposure to water, steam or extreme humidity. Care should be also taken to protect doors from high temperatures – such as hot implements or heat leaks from faulty appliances. For spills and stains you should clean doors with a warm damp cloth which has had the excess water wrung out of it, then remove any remaining moisture with a dry cloth.
Never use the following on either your melamine or foil wrapped doors:
Abraisive cleaners, cleach or similar, scourer pads, wire wool, sand paper, solvents or thinners.
Stewart Scott Cabinetry use only high quality hardware in the manufacture of your cabinetry.
General maintenance on any moving parts is not necessary, however, they should be kept free of dirt for smooth operation. Hinges and drawer runners carry their own lifetime guarantee.
Clean glass doors regularly with a good quality window cleaner. Do not use abrasive cleaners as these will scratch the glass.
Accessories such as pull out pantries, vegetable baskets, cutlery trays and rubbish bins can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a damp cloth. Wipe dry when clean. Keep moving parts free of dirt for smooth operation.
Sinks and taps
The water stains and mineral build up around your kitchen taps can be treated by wrapping vinegar-soaked paper towels around them and leaving for about an hour. Rinse and buff dry with a clean paper towel for shiny chrome taps. Chrome can also be cleaned with dry baking soda.
If it is the sink’s plughole that is causing you problems, you can flush it out with simple home ingredients. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the plughole followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Allow the solution to foam for several minutes and then rinse out with hot water.