Caring for Your New Kitchen

Caring for Your New Kitchen

You can rest assured that we use only quality materials when making the components of your new kitchen. Many of the materials designed for use in today’s kitchens are very durable and require minimal cure. While all household spills should be wiped up promptly to avoid potential problems, which reasonable care and light regular maintenance, your kitchen should give you many years of excellent service and lasting beauty.

Wood Surfaces


Melamine Surfaces

  • Melamine is the material most commonly used on the unexposed, interior cabinet surfaces and shelving.
  • Most stains and other deposits can be cleaned using a clean, damp cloth and mild detergent.
  • Occasional careful applications of an abrasive cleaner for stubborn stains will not noticeably affect the finish.


Plastic Laminate Surfaces

  • Cabinets with laminate doors and drawers are very durable and stain resistant.
  • They are easy to clean with a clean cloth, warm water and mild detergent.
  • Care should be taken not to hit these surfaces with a sharp object as the laminate can chip and repairs are difficult.
  • A gentle abrasive cleaner can be used to remove dirt and grease that can build up over time.


Laminate Countertops

  • Do not cut or chop on laminate surfaces. Always use a cutting board.
  • Avoid standing water at the seams as they are not warranted against damage.
  • Clean surfaces using a clean, damp cloth and mild detergent solution and wipe with a clean dry cloth to avoid streaks and spots.
  • A mild solution of baking soda and water can often be effective to clean stains such as coffee. Bleach can be used only if highly diluted with water, applied briefly and washed off immediately with clear water. avoid the use of abrasive cleaners as they will mar the surface.
  • If the top has a wooden edge, don’t allow water to stand for extended periods of time. Wipe spills immediately to protect the finish. Repairs, if necessary, can be made by sanding the edge with 220-grit sandpaper and then refinishing the edge using a polyurethane varnish such as MINIWAX®.


Solid Synthetic Surfaces (such as Corian®)

  • These surfaces can be cleaned using a clean damp cloth and a mild detergent or an ammonia-based cleaner.
  • Surfaces can be disinfected using diluted household bleach. Wipe the surface after using bleach with clear water and a clean cloth.
  • Since the surface is non-porous, stains can be scrubbed out using a mild abrasive cleaner.
  • To avoid scratches, use a cutting board. Scratches can be sanded out using 220-grit sandpaper.
  • High gloss finishes can be buffed back to their original lustre.


Granite Surfaces

  • An extremely durable material, granite is chip and scratch resistant.
  • You can cut, chop, roll dough and place hot pots directly on granite.
  • Surfaces can be cleaned using a clean damp cloth and mild detergent.
  • There is no need for abrasives or scouring pads.
  • The surface generally requires resealing once a year.


Hardwood Butcher Block

  • Butcher block surfaces need to be sealed and periodically re-oiled using a non-toxic mineral oil and a rag.
  • Never use harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners.
  • Knife marks can be removed by sanding and re-oiling.


Stainless Steel Surfaces

  • Stainless steel is very durable, won’t stain and can handle hot pots.
  • Avoid dropping heavy objects on it as it can be dented.
  • Cleans up with warm water and mild detergent. Avoid abrasive cleaners and pads as they can leave scratches.
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