With the kitchen being used so frequently every single day, it can become tired and look worn in no time. It doesn’t matter how strong or durable your kitchen units and worktops are, with constant usage they can slowly become tired and it eventually starts to show. You often find that your kitchen cupboards and worktops take up a large percent of the overall space within your kitchen, and once they start to look dull, the rest of the kitchen does too. By simply giving your cabinets a quick freshen up, you can transform your kitchen and give it a new burst of life!
Reviving Your Worktops
Your kitchen worktops are exposed to all kinds of usage on a daily basis, so it’s important to make sure that they are protected from wear and tear. Figure out whether your kitchen worktops are varnished or oiled, as this affects your treatment products and so on. For varnished surfaces, you have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing your cleaning products. You often find that the majority of household cleaners are fine to use on varnished surfaces. Oiled surfaces on the other hand need a little more TLC, as the oil can often be sensitive to certain chemicals and products. You do however find that surfaces that have been oiled are easier to maintain in the long run, so it’s important to know what type of finish your surfaces have before you get your cleaning head on.
Maintaining Your Wooden Worktops
The very first thing to do when it comes to maintaining your wooden worktops is to seal them. By sealing the wood on your worktops, you are protecting the area from any moisture damage. If you introduce wooden surfaces to your kitchen and forget to seal them, you’ll find certain foods and liquids will stain the wood and soak into the grain leaving a permanent mark. For those with varnished wooden worktops, use some generic washing liquid and a damp sponge to scrub away any dirt or grease that has gathered on the surfaces. Washing liquid is a light, soft cleaner that will not cause any damage to the current varnish on your worktops. It’s important to get right into the corners of your worktops, as this is often where the grease gathers and after a while, it can become stubborn and hard to remove.
Restoring Your Wooden Cabinets
It goes without saying that the longer you leave something, the harder it will be to clean. This certainly applies to your kitchen cabinets, as they are exposed to all kinds of dirt and grease every day. Focus on giving your kitchen units a good clean, every 4-6 weeks, as this will ensure you stay on top of the dirt and keep the kitchen cabinets looking fresh and clean for longer. It’s always beneficial to give your units a quick dust down every other day, as this will prevent any dust from gathering and sticking to the surfaces.
Grease is one of the hardest things to remove from your kitchen, as it’s stubborn and awkward to clean. Using a damp cloth, try and rub the surfaces down until the grease begins to detach. Once you see some movement with the grease, you can get stuck in with some stronger wooden cleaner that will help to dissolve the grease and remove it properly from the surface you are cleaning. You often find that water and washing liquid may clean the area temporarily, but after a while you may notice some streaks or lines where the grease has been smeared over the cabinet and spread, causing more of a mess than you started with.
Remove and Polish Hardware
Just like your worktops and cabinets themselves, the handles and pulls can become worn and tired too. With your drawer pulls and cupboard handles being used every day, they can begin to lose their shine and look old, which will in turn make the room feel dull. Remove your handles and pulls from all of your cabinets, drawers and doors, and give them a good polish. Even soaking them in warm water filled with washing liquid will help to bring back their sparkle and enable them to add character to the room. It’s surprising how much of a difference simple steps like that can make to the overall look and feel of your kitchen!