Congratulations on your shiny new kitchen. Maybe you’ve gone all out on it and chosen some fancy features you’ve always dreamed of having. It looks beautiful and everything is still brand new. But if you’re not careful, the condition of your kitchen could quickly go downhill. Even with regular cleaning, it can seem like any new room begins to take a downturn as soon as it has been completed. While you don’t want to become obsessed with keeping it in good condition, you also don’t want it to lose its shine. So how do you find the balance between keeping your kitchen as it is and becoming a raging kitchen inspection monster? Here’s what you need to do:
Accept That There Will Be Wear and Tear: Before you think about a cleaning routine, there’s one thing you need to accept. Your kitchen will experience ordinary wear and tear, even if you do your best to look after it. In two, five, or ten years it’s not going to look the same. It’s better to accept that now than to feel disappointed when you notice the first changes. In fact, cleaning your kitchen too much could have a negative effect on it. You don’t want to wear away any surfaces because you’re using too many cleaning products. You can keep the kitchen clean and tidy but it won’t stay perfect forever.
Clean As You Go: The number one rule of keeping your kitchen in good condition is not to put anything off. It’s so easy to think that you will do something later. Then later comes and you delay the task again because you’re busy with something else. It’s always better to clean up after yourself at the first opportunity. Wipe down the counters after you have finished preparing ingredients. You can do it while you’re waiting for your dinner to cook. Rinse the sink after you’ve done the dishes instead of waiting until later. Sweep things up from the floor as soon as you drop them. It will mean less cleaning for later and you can prevent problems such as stains.
Use the Right Products for Different Surfaces: The right cleaning products can make a huge difference to keeping your kitchen clean. You might think that they all look the same, but it’s important to note some important differences. Many products have specific formulas designed for cleaning certain materials. For example, you can get cleaning solutions for glass or metal that won’t leave streaks. If you have stone counters, make sure you look for products to clean granite and other types of stone. It’s especially important to use the right products when you have natural materials. The wrong cleaning agents might leave marks or damage a surface if you’re not careful.
Take Care of the Grouting: Some parts of your kitchen are more important to care for than others. Dirty grouting can be extremely noticeable. At least, it is until you forget what color it was meant to be in the first place. Making sure you stay on top of cleaning will help to keep your kitchen in pristine condition. It can be difficult to keep clean and sometimes the only thing for it is to give it a good scrub. To help you along, a steam cleaner is an excellent idea. The heat from the steam combined with a grouting brush attachment makes the job easier. A steam mop can help on tiled floors too. Another method is to apply bleach, leave it for a while and simply wipe it off once it has worked its magic.
Cover Every Inch: It’s easy to remember to clean the things you can see. A dirty counter stares you in the face, so you have no choice but to tackle it. However, there are plenty of hidden places that you don’t look at where dirt can be hiding. Even places like the inside of your oven or microwave are easily put out of mind. You don’t have to look at them all the time so you can forget about them. Making sure that you clean every inch of your kitchen will help you to keep it in the best condition possible. Think about those hard-to-reach places that you might not usually look at.
Manage Light Levels: There are some things you might not think of when it comes to caring for your kitchen. One of them is how much sunlight comes into your kitchen. The idea of bathing your kitchen in sunlight is an enjoyable one. However, you should try to manage the light levels, so the room doesn’t get too much sun. There may be some materials that will start to fade or even warp from too much sunlight. Hot days, in particular, could be damaging and there’s even a slight risk of fire. Putting up blinds or curtains will help to protect against direct sunlight doing any damage to material such as wood.
Be Careful When Cooking: Of course, your behavior when you use your kitchen is important, too. Some things you should do should be common sense, such as using a chopping board. Try to wipe up spills and splashes while you’re cooking, even if you’re busy with something else. You should also avoid putting any hot pans directly onto surfaces that aren’t heatproof. Make sure you place your appliances in sensible places too. Anything that creates heat or steam shouldn’t sit directly underneath a cabinet.
Perform Small Upgrades: As well as keeping everything clean, your kitchen might need some touch-ups now and then. Small upgrades to your kitchen can keep it looking like new. For example, you can change the handles on cabinets if they’re starting to look a little dull. You might choose to repaint cabinet doors or give wooden surfaces a polish. Some little tweaks can put the shine back into your kitchen when it starts to look a little tired.
Your new kitchen isn’t going to stay new forever. However, you can keep it looking beautiful if you take good care of it!
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