[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="justified" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] The more you use your kitchen, the more you may look for ways to freshen it up. Regular use gives your kitchen a tired look in a short time. Although it’s tempting to do it up with a totally new look, your budget may not permit it. You’ll be happy to know that just a bit of sprucing up can turn your kitchen around. Let the kitchen experts, Leenlong Cowry Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops, guide you on a kitchen makeover within a budget.
[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="justified" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] To maintain a beautiful kitchen, you need to know how to maintain a beautiful countertop. The more high-end the material, the more care you need to take because they are expensive and cumbersome to replace. With a little daily care and caution, your countertop can look as good as new for years to come. It’s really not that hard; our experts at Leen Long Cabinets and Kitchen Construction will explain how.
6 Tips to Maintain Your Kitchen Countertop
- Prevent Scratches: It is easy to leave scratches on your kitchen countertop even if you don’t intend to. Your kitchen has sharp objects lying around from assorted knives to cutlery with sharp edges. Keep knives away safely in the grooved sections of a knife block. Store cutlery in drawers or cutlery holders. Never make the mistake of slicing fruits and vegetables directly on countertops, always use a thick cutting board.
- Keep Hot Food Away: Excessive heat can damage your countertop. Always place freshly cooked dishes and oven-baked food on a heat-resistant mat, cooling rack or potholder.
- Remove Stains: Food can also create hard to remove stains on your countertop, especially if it’s light hued. Make sure you sweep off crumbs and wipe clean stains with a damp cloth or absorbent tissue and a multipurpose kitchen cleaner. Dry with a clean towel or microfiber cloth to remove any water stains from the damp cloth. For stubborn stains, make a thin paste of baking soda and water. Cover the stained area with a layer of this mixture; let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean gently with a damp cloth and dry with a clean cloth. Don’t leave it there for too long or it could discolour the counter.
- Reseal Granite and Marble: You need to reseal high-end countertops such as granite or marble when they have done their time. How do you know when to reseal? It’s easy! Sprinkle or spray water drops on the surface. If they remain there, you’re good. If the water gets absorbed into the countertops, call us at once for the best results. DIY methods to save you money can create more damage and cost you more if you are not proficient.
- Wipe Clean Laminate Countertops: An easy way to maintain laminate countertops is to wipe up spills at once. The longer spills sit there, the more likely it is to stain the area. Laminate is inexpensive and durable. It is also more delicate. Do not scrub hard with nylon bristle brushes or steel wool or it will leave scratches. Use a baking soda and water paste mixture to clean stains, but don’t let it lie there for too long. Baking soda can be abrasive. Try nail polish remover to remove ink stains. You can call us to seal laminate surfaces with a coating to keep off future stains.
- Oil Wood Countertops: It is important to wash wood countertops to remove stains, spills and scrapes. Oil the surface once a month with a good quality mineral oil that won’t turn rancid.
- To remove stains, cut half a lemon and rub the area with the juice.
- For tougher stains, mix lemon juice with salt for extra abrasion. For the toughest stains, add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to a cup of warm water and apply on the spot. Let it sit for a while, then rinse off with water.