Looking after your new kitchen
Kitchens R Us product care guide;
Here is a list of helpful advice. Mostly it's common sense caring for your new kitchen. But not all cleaning products are created equal and be aware some have very strong chemicals/agents that can damage your new kitchen.
Residue on your new kitchen:
So if your kitchen is Laser edge or Dezignatek a plastic film is sometimes used as an additional safeguard during transport and thus provides effective protection for our high-quality kitchen surfaces.
Any adhesive residues that may be left after removing the plastic can easily be wiped away with a little alcohol-based cleaner on a soft cloth. Never use strong chemical products.
The high-quality surfaces of a kitchen are very easy to look after.
Despite that, it is still advisable to clean your kitchen regularly – and properly – to maintain the high value of your new kitchen for many years.
Please read these instructions, it’s worth it!
Whether your kitchen is synthetic or made from real wood, certain detergents should not be used under any circumstances. These include harsh liquid detergents, spray & wipe and abrasives. Polish, wax and solvents are also not suitable, and will in fact do your kitchen more harm than good.
Do not use a steam cleaner near your cabinetry. Steam cleaners are known to cause the doors & panels on your kitchen to swell. Do not use a steam cleaner anywhere near your new kitchen.
The following always applies:
Our kitchen units are essentially made of wood and wood-based materials which must be protected against water and steam, even after prolonged use and despite the comprehensive measures taken to seal them.
The materials used in the kitchen have all been designed for use in a controlled room climate and should ideally be used at a relative humidity of 45%-70% (18-22 degrees). Slight distortion or warping is a sign that the ideal room climate conditions (e.g. not enough or too much heating) have not been observed and does not constitute a material flaw. This warping, which is typical of wood materials, is determined by the temperature and humidity of the present environment.
Typical material odours:
When new, almost everything has its own distinctive odour. This also applies to furniture, kitchens and lacquers. Depending on room climate or how often a cabinet is opened, the length of time taken for cabinetry to lose its odour may differ.
Cleaning the cabinets:
Use a slightly damp cloth and a liquid household detergent / glass cleaner to clean the cabinets, shelves and drawers /pull-outs. Always dry with a soft cloth after cleaning.
If the cloth is too wet, water could penetrate cracks and gaps and cause the material to swell up. Make sure the sealing lip is cleaned from time to time. This will help to prevent dust from collecting inside the cabinet. It is completely normal for marks to appear around the seal as it acts a barrier.
Abrasive detergents, anything containing thinners and artificial resins are not suitable for cleaning your kitchen.
Cleaning handles properly:
When cleaning your kitchen unit handles, refrain from using substances which contain solvents and substances that damage aluminium, in addition to vinegar-based cleaners and cleaning products containing steel, as they can cause permanent scratching & staining.
If you use cleaning products that do not display this information, try them out first – at your own risk – in a small area that is not obvious in normal use.
Melteca or Melamine Panels & Doors:
Unit fronts in Melteca or Melamine are easy to clean with any commercially available household detergent, ideally with a soft cloth, hand-hot water and a little washing-up liquid. Never use a polishing cleaner or hard sponge. Stubborn marks, such as fat splashes, paint or glue residue, may be removed with any commercially available plastic cleaner. Test on a small area that is not on view before using any of these products for the first time. Do not use any cleaners containing solvents, or steam cleaners!
Please note that high gloss and varnished fronts should not be cleaned in the dry state.
The use of abrasive cleaning materials such as microfibre cloths, scouring sponges, etc. can increase the appearance of scratches. No complaints will be entertained in this respect. Traces of fine scratches visible in sunlight and halogen light are normal. These are due to the high gloss effect and are not a surface defect.
It is best to use a dustless, damp chamois (wash-leather) for gentle cleaning and also for drying off afterwards.
As with all other glass items, please avoid hard knocks and bumps against the fronts when handling crockery or heavy pots and pans, for splintered glass can cause injuries and must be replaced. Glass fronts are best cleaned with standard household cleaning agents or a glass cleaning agent (e.g. for cleaning mirrors). Spray the surface as usual and wipe with a soft cloth. Ensure that corrosive substances or liquids do not enter the handle hole or edging under high pressure, as they may damage the handle fittings.
Do not use any polishing agents, hard sponges or solvent-based cleaning agents and steam cleaners.
Self-cleaning system, ACTi Clean, active carbon filters, pyrolysis, catalysis – these are just a few of the technical processes that are too complicated to explain here. Instead, we recommend that you read the information provided by the manufacturers of your electrical appliances carefully and follow them.
Steam and heat
Kitchens R Us offers a variety of protective devices to protect your furniture against steam, humidity and heat. These devices will already be in place when you receive your kitchen, or else will be installed by the fitter.
Make sure that steam and heat from electrical appliances such as microwave, coffee machine, kettle and so on do not meet the Kitchen surfaces, as bursts of steam will cause it to swell up.
Be aware placement of appliances on the surfaces of your benchtop may affect the surface and warranty. Do not put microwave ovens, small cooking appliances and kettles over a join in the benchtop , the repeated heating of the join could cause the sealant to break down and may cause water or steam to enter your benchtop with irreversible consequences.
Benches & Worktops:
Surfaces: All our worktops are products made by renowned manufacturers and finished with a highly resistant laminate surface.
Despite this, the worktop must not be used as a cutting surface, for knives will cause permanent damage. Earthenware pots and heavy or sharp-edged objects can produce scratches if pushed over the surface; such scratches, however, are not attributable to a defect in the material. Despite our exceedingly stringent quality standards, signs of use will become visible more quickly on very dark and light decors than on others, depending on the degree of use.
Do not leave large amounts of surface water on the joins of your benchtops as the chemicals in the water may damage the join and allow water or moisture to get in through the join and cause irreversible damage.
Your Kitchen designer should have done their best to keep sinks and drainers away from the joins to prevent a build up of water in the surface over the join, however sometimes due to size constraints, this may not be possible, so dry off your benchtop immediately after water has spread around the surface.
Cleaning: Worktop surfaces should always be cleaned with a damp, soft cloth without any abrasive particles. Detergent or occasionally laundry soap can be added to remove particularly stubborn dirt. If your worktop has a tangible surface texture, it should always be cleaned parallel to the direction of this texture.
Heat: Do not place hot pots and pans from the hob directly on the worktop. Always use a suitable trivet, as the surface of the worktop will suffer irreparable damage if exposed to hot pots and pans, no matter how briefly.
Water: Due to the joins between worktops, pools of water should never be allowed to remain on the surface. Note that soapy water flows more easily than pure water. We therefore recommend that pools of water be removed immediately to avoid damage due to swelling, especially near joins.
Genuine wood front edge: If your worktop has a solid wood front edge, special care must be taken. Heavy loads and impacts must be avoided, such as knocking crockery or utensils against the soft wooden edging.
Built-in sinks and hobs.
Built-in sinks, hobs and anything not specifically listed here made of stainless steel are best cleaned with a sponge or fleece cloth and either washing-up liquid or any well-known special cleaner (stainless steel cleaner, metal polish etc.).
Abrasive cleaners must not be used.
Remove surface rust (oxidised iron particles, e.g. iron filings after the initial installation of water pipes) immediately with a commercial stainless-steel cleaner.
Use gentle washing-up or cleaning liquids on sinks made of other materials such as porcelain, synthetic material and acrylic ceramic, and on stainless steel.
Abrasive detergents may damage your sink.
Re sealing the sealants in your kitchen:
Lastly but most importantly for the long term durability of your kitchen, is regular checks of the sealants, must be made. And where a sealant is looking like it has broken down or peeled away from the edge, use the appropriate kitchen sealant, to re apply to the edges of your bench where it meets the wall or splash back and also your toe kicks and panels. Washing of floors and benches over time, wears away the sealant and that is a natural occurrence with use. Some flooring (generally floating floors) that flexes with the weight of people walking on it , will flex often enough to make the sealant disengage and so It is your responsibility to keep an eye on all the sealants in your kitchen and replace them as necessary, to protect your kitchen from water and steam.
Thank you for reading these kitchen care instructions. Careful use of your kitchen should keep it looking like new for many years to come!
If you have any concerns about your new kitchen, please call us and we will only be too happy to give our advice on what products and steps to take, to ensure your new kitchen looks great for years and years to come.