Check Knebel’s Care and Maintenance Guide to an Efficient and Productive Kitchen for Your Home (Part 2)Blog | March 26th, 2021
An overall kitchen care and maintenance is necessary for efficiency and productivity. In the previous article, we have mentioned what it takes to take care of your cabinets – regardless of their material. Now, we will tackle the care and maintenance for benchtops, shelves, cutting boards and accessories.
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 (ie sink and hotplates etc). 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.
The cleaning of shelves and the interiors of the cabinets is the same procedure as covered in ‘Care of Laminate Finishes’. Avoid placing heavy objects (such as large fruit cans) in the centre of shelves, especially in the wider units, as this will make the shelves bow. Heavy objects should be placed to the side of shelves.
Most shelves are adjustable inside the cabinets. To reposition a shelf remove the shelf‐retaining loops by prising out with a blunt knife, then move the shelf supports up or down to the appropriate hole position. It is important to replace the retaining loops by depressing and inserting as they are a safety feature which prevent accidental bumping and movement of the shelf.
Timber Cutting Boards
If you haven’t used your cutting board, you should rub or coat the timber surface with vegetable oils to help seal the surface. In cleaning, do not immerse in water as this could cause the timber to warp or swell. Wash the surface using hot soapy water, scrubbing with a nylon brush or synthetic scouring pad to remove small particles that could be imbedded in the surface. Reapply vegetable oils occasionally.
All accessories supplied by Knebel, i.e., tidy bins, ironing boards, slide‐outs, etc., are of the highest quality and should give years of trouble free service provided they are used as they were intended. If you require replacement of parts, please contact the showroom from which the kitchen was purchased. These items are excluded from the Knebel Warranty; however, they are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
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