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With all products we ask that you refer to the manufacturer’s manual/website in the first instance for any advice on cleaning and looking after your new items. 

Below you will find some general tips on keeping everything looking as good as possible.

Kitchen

  • Kitchen Cleaning SetSimply dampen a soft cotton cloth with warm water and wipe.  This should be sufficient however for more stubborn marks try adding a little mild washing up liquid to the warm water.
  • Dry immediately after cleaning with a soft clean cloth to avoid smearing.
  • We do not recommend using any harsh cleaning products or chemicals on our kitchens as this can have a detrimental effect to the materials used during the manufacture of you kitchen or home study.
  • For scratches and nicks to MFC, Solid Wood, Veneer and PVC it is possible to try using a colour matched soft wax stick to repair the area.  Contact us for further information and suppliers as required.  Please note not all colours may be available
  • For Painted items a touch up pot or spray can is provided on every kitchen.  Small chips can be touched up using the paint supplied by gently dabbing the paint on with a sponge or cotton bud to build the layer back up.  All kitchens are spray painted and the paint provided is not necessarily designed to be applied with brush.  Please test on a small piece of wood before attempting to touch in.

 

Appliances

  • Specialist Hob and Oven Cleaning SetAlways check the manufacturer’s guidelines before applying any cleaning products. Most manufacturers have their own recommended cleaning products. 
  • Wiping with a soft damp cloth should be sufficient however a little mild detergent may be required.  Be sure to dry the appliance straight away to avoid irksome smears.
  • There is also a range of great e-cloth® available online, or in some stores, that are designed specifically for the cleaning of appliances.

        

Sinks & Taps 

Specialist Stainless Steel ClothPlease check the manufacturer’s guidelines before applying any cleaning products. With all types of sinks the quality of your water can affect the good looks by giving the appearance of staining. This “staining” is generally a build-up of lime scale or similar mineral deposit, particularly prevalent in hard water areas. Lime scale readily absorbs staining agents such as tea, coffee, red wine, etc., spoiling the appearance of your sink. For this reason always rinse and dry your sink after each occasion you use it to avoid mineral deposits being left behind on the surface when the water evaporates

Stainless Steel

  • When first in use your sink may appear to show up scratches easily.  However, rather like the bodywork of your car, stainless steel can scratch easily. Care must be taken therefore when cleaning or indeed during every day use.
  • Never use a wire wool pad such as Brillo® to clean your sink for two reasons; it will create tiny scratches and it will also shed small pieces of mild steel that later rust and give the appearance that your sink is rusting (this is not the case but it can be very difficult to remove the small steel particles that have adhered to the surface).
  • Instead clean regularly with normal detergent and warm water. Always make a habit of drying your sink afterwards and buffing with a soft cloth. Long-term this will help develop a lovely rich patina and it will also ensure that no build up of limescale or other mineral deposits can occur.
  • If scouring is required, always use a Scotchbrite® pad and try to scour in the same direction as the natural grain on the sink’s surface.
  • Minor scratching of the sink’s surface is extremely difficult to avoid and is not something to be unduly concerned about. The drainer area in particular is likely to pick up scratches due to hard objects placed upon it. These marks are usually only superficial and can be removed with a proprietary stainless steel cleaner. 
  • To remove any lime scale that has built up on your sink, try using a proprietary lime scale removing product such as Viakal® or Limelite®. Alternatively, soak in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. This will loosen the scale, making it possible to scrub it away with an abrasive pad and kitchen sink cleaner.

Granite

  • Most deposits can be removed with washing up liquid and hot water followed by a clean water rinse. It is also good practice to then dry the sink with a soft cloth as otherwise limescale can build up on the surface.
  • For more stubborn marks, try using CIF® cream. This should be applied on to a Scotchbrite® pad and by using circular motions with the pad polish the sink surface area to remove and marks to keep the sink as good as new.
  • The quality of your water can affect the good looks of your sink by giving the appearance of staining. This ‘staining’ is generally a build-up of limescale or similar mineral deposit, particularly prevalent in hard water areas.
  • Limescale readily absorbs staining agents such as tea, coffee, red wine etc, spoiling the appearance of your sink. For this reason always rinse and dry your sink after each occasion you use it to avoid mineral deposits being left behind on the surface when the water evaporates.
  • To remove any limescale that has built up on your sink, try using a limescale removing product such as Viakal® or Limelite®. Alternatively, soak in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. This will loosen the scale, making it possible to scrub it away with an abrasive pad and kitchen sink cleaner.

Ceramic

  • Most deposits can be removed with washing up liquid and hot water followed by a clean water rinse. It is also good practice to then dry the sink with a soft cloth as otherwise limescale can build up on the surface.
  • To remove any limescale that has built up on your sink, try using a proprietary limescale removing product such as Viakal® or Limelite®. Alternatively, soak in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. This will loosen the scale, making it possible to scrub it away with an abrasive pad and kitchen sink cleaner.
  • For any specific 'black' marks or scuffs try using an enamel rubber.  These gently remove marks that can sometimes be mistaken for cracks and scratches.  They are available in most DIY stores and online.  We would certainly recommend getting one for the cupboard if you have any ceramic sinks and they can even be used on enamel baths and bathroom suites!

Worktops

Laminate

  • General cleaning only requires a damp cloth and a mild detergent.  Abrasive scouring powders, creams and polishes should be avoided.
  • On a textured surface more stubborn marks can be removed using a soft nylon nailbrush.
  • Spilt liquids need to be wiped away from joints and cut outs (e.g. sinks) immediately. 
  • You should also avoid putting kettles and/or toasters over joints as this can affect the joint. 
  • Never place any item onto a laminate worktop that has come straight out of the oven or off the hob, trivets should be used. 
  • NO Warranty claims can be made against water and/or heat damage.

Granite, Quartz, Dekton®, Silestone® 

  • Specialist Granite Cleaning ClothsA damp cloth should be sufficient for everyday cleaning and there is also a great E-cloth® specifically designed to use on granite tops. Dekton® and Silestone® have their own specific care guides and they can be accessed via the following links:

Corian®

  • For most residues, all you need to clean your Corian® countertops is warm soapy water, ammonia-based household cleaner, or a dedicated countertop cleaner, like Clean EnCounter®.
  • Avoid window cleaners, however, as they can leave a waxy build-up that dulls the surface. 
  • For more in-depth information please click here.
  • First never chop foods directly on the surface of your Corian® always use a chopping board.
  • Never place hot pans straight from the hob or the oven directly on the surface. Always use a trivet, preferably one with rubber feet, or a heat pad.
  • Try not to drop anything on the surface of your Corian® especially heavy objects such as cast iron cookware as it can damage the surface.
  • Wipe up any spills or splashes as soon as they are seen.
  • In a hard water areas even leaving water on the surface can cause a film to develop and make the surface appear dull and blotchy.
  • Wipe up any water spills with kitchen paper and dry the surface with a tea towel or more paper.
  • If by any chance you should get a film on the surface of Corian® there is a cleaner called Lime-A-Way which should resolve the problem.
  • Avoid using products such as paint thinners, oven cleaner or other harsh chemicals on or near the worktop. If you should get a spill wash off with warm water immediately and dry the surface; never leave Corian® wet or damp.

Wood 

  • Wooden Worktop clear finishing oilAll wooden worktops are supplied pre-oiled however regular oiling should continue after installation to maintain and preserve the finish of the work surface.  Oil would have been provided with your worktops however if you run out we suggest Osmo TopOil Clear purchasable online here. Follow the instructions on the oil packaging.
  • For daily cleaning, use a mild soap and water on a moistened cloth (do not use concentrated soap/washing up liquid)
  • Never use products, which contain ammonia, or scouring powder.
  • As with other work surfaces spilt liquid should be wiped as soon as it is seen and dried afterwards. 
  • Do not put items that have just come out of the oven or off of the hob directly onto the surface as this can cause marking and cracking. 
  • Please note that small cracks may appear on your wooden surfaces and are fairly normal and can usually be repaired with wood filler. 

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