Check Knebel’s Care and Maintenance Guide to an Efficient and Productive Kitchen for Your Home (Part 1)Blog | March 11th, 2021
An efficient and productive kitchen for your home is possible if you take the necessary steps for its care and maintenance. This means taking care of your cabinet fronts, benchtops, shelves, cutting boards, accessories, appliances, hinges, and drawer units. Check out Knebel Kitchen’s care and maintenance guide to an efficient and productive kitchen for your home.
For Cabinet Fronts
Laminated Surfaces: If your cabinet fronts are equipped with laminated surfaces then you are in for a treat because they have high-pressure and low-pressure laminates that are scratch-resistant. Knebel recommends the use of liquid cleaners for general day‐to‐day use. Whenever stubborn spots occur which cannot be removed with a liquid cleaner, then the careful use of a cream cleanser for these spots should be used. For finishing we recommend Windex because it does not leave streak marks on the laminate surface after cleaning.
Membrane-Pressed (Vinyl Surfaces): To clean use a warm soapy damp soft cloth or sponge, towel dry afterwards. Stubborn stains and marks should be removed as soon as possible by gently wiping the surface with methylated spirits. Avoid using abrasives, solvent based or cream cleansers.
Lacquered Surfaces (Polyurethane): Just the occasional wipe over with a warm moist cloth followed by a soft, dry cloth whenever spills occur will return surfaces to their original beauty. Under no circumstances should abrasive creams, pastes or silicon based products be used.
Timber/ Veneer Finishes: The use of furniture polishes (in particular, ones which contain silicon) and waxes are not recommended for use on the timber surfaces. Just the occasional wipe with a warm damp cloth followed by a soft, dry cloth whenever spills occur. Clean cooking grease off after cooking. Ensure handle area is wiped clean regularly.
Laminated Benchtops: The benchtop is made of High Moisture Resistant particleboard and laminate. Although it is water resistant, excessive moisture can still affect the board if allowed to penetrate. Areas most susceptible to water penetration are the benchtop joins and cut outs. To avoid a moisture build‐up in these areas, wipe away spills as they occur. It is strongly recommended that electric kettles, jugs, etc. not to be used at these locations.
Granite Benchtops: Granite is a natural material and as such is subject to a natural variation of colour and pattern. Although dense and durable, granite is by no means impervious to staining, cracking, chipping or surface wear. The degree of susceptibility to staining and wear is directly proportionate to the granite’s porosity and hardness. To ensure the lasting beauty of fine polished granite, one should provide the same care and maintenance considerations given to fine wood.
Engineered Stone: Engineered stone products generally contain quartz and silicate minerals that are resistant to acids, alkalis, chemicals and solvents, highly impervious, highly resistant to heat, scratch and chip resistant, resistant to stains, resistant to mildew and mould and immune to freezing and thawing. These characteristics of engineered stone make them easy to care and maintain.
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