Most of the issues that homeowners face in maintaining a kitchen are rooted in not knowing how to deal with the design options they’ve chosen. Knowing your kitchen’s quirks such as the materials that it’ll be made up of and the proper way of cleaning them can significantly extend its life so that you won’t have to renovate it frequently. Getting to know how different materials react to different situations can give you the confidence to deal with them in the long term adequately.
Being savvy about maintaining the most complex area of your home needs to be executed by doing the proper research and being consistent with cleaning routines. With these two pointers, you’ll be able to face the challenge of keeping a long-lasting kitchen space.
In extending your kitchen’s lifespan, you need to prioritise getting durable materials that can stand the test of time. Natural materials such as concrete and oakwood might look attractive and elegant, but the layers upon layers of maintenance that you need to do could cost you a lot. Composite materials are often the more desirable choice when it comes to installing different elements of the kitchen such as worktops and flooring.
If you’re looking for a worktop that’s easy to maintain with a long shelf life, you should opt for granite worktops. Not only is granite eco-friendly, but it also solves the issue of other natural materials such as wood and concrete that usually absorb deep stains since having it pre-sealed allows it to maintain its shape and colour without the frequent maintenance issues that natural materials need.
The flooring is often overlooked when it comes to deciding on the final aesthetic of the kitchen, but it should be the most durable part of the kitchen. Scratch-resistant luxury vinyl flooring often does the trick if you don’t want to spend too much and at the same time want to commit to an easy to replace flooring option.
The most important aspect of keeping your kitchen fresh is in making sure that you clean your kitchen regularly. First comes dealing with your appliances. Your stove might need a deep clean if you haven’t taken a look at it for a while. Use ammonia to clean and remove any leftover grease properly.
Efficient cleaning doesn’t always have to mean using the most expensive cleaning tools to make your kitchen shine. Baking soda has a vast array of uses that can be applied to different parts of the kitchen. Using it on your stainless steel sink with a brush can make it shine like a brand new product. If you’re looking to use a more ‘natural’ option, citrus fruits such as lemon have enough acidic content to clean up your kitchen sink. Using equal parts vinegar, lemon, and baking soda can make for a powerful homemade cleaning agent that’s not only cheap but effective.
Cleaning at least once every three months as a routine and right after when cooking a huge feast. Consistency is the best answer to maintaining your kitchen’s pristine look.