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How To Look After Your New Kitchen

29 August 2023

At The Kitchen Depot, we believe a kitchen is made for a lifetime. With this in mind, we have put together some useful tips on how to look after your new kitchen.

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Cabinet and drawer interiors only need a wipe over with a general household cleaner, stubborn blemishes can be cleaned with mild grit cleaner i.e. ‘CIF’. Please ensure that you do not ‘flood the edges’ with excess water.

Don’t require oiling but may need minor adjustments from time to time.

Clean with a cloth, using household cleaner or bleach and wipe dry with a cloth.

Overloading shelves and baskets will cause damage to the mechanisms and unit, please do not exceed maximum storage weights. Wipe with a lightly damp cloth to keep clean and dust free.


Care & Maintenance


Your doors are arguably the standout feature of your new kitchen design. Whether you have opted for a classic shaker or modern slab, it is important to take good care of your doors so they remain intact for years to come.

Just as damp conditions must be avoided before installation, similar regard must be given once the kitchen is in use. Care should be taken with the installation of tumble dryers and kettles near wall units. Do not place kettles under wall units; excessive steam produced by boiling of the kettle will damage kitchen doors over time. During use some fascias, particularly those near sinks or washing machines, may get flooded with water and permanent damage may result if this water is left for extended periods. Wipe all spillages immediately.

We’re proud to use Hettich Sensys hinges on all our kitchen doors and units. With its uniquely wide automatic closing angle, Sensys closes the door almost on its own. Innovative, smooth, gentle, quiet.


Care & Maintenance

Laminate Worktops

Following a few easy steps will help keep your Laminate worktop in the best possible condition. Our recommendations are as follows:

Be sure to mop up any spillages immediately with a clean dry cloth. Ensure no excess water is left around areas where there are cuts, joint or holes. Do not leave damp cloths, sponges, or any other wet items on the top front edge of the worktop, as this area is more susceptible to water ingress.

Do not cut directly onto the worktop as this can result in scratches. Place a chopping board, butcher’s block or worktop saver on top of the surface for this purpose. Please be aware that gloss worktops will show scratches, cuts and heat damage more prominently than a standard worktop.

Do not place hot pans or dishes directly onto the worktop. We recommend using a pan stand, or trivet, for this purpose.

General cleaning of the surface requires only a damp cloth and a mild detergent or non-abrasive cleaner diluted with warm water. Abrasive scouring powders, creams and polishes should be avoided. Potentially- persistent stains should be removed immediately. Buff the worktop after cleaning with a soft cloth.

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Solid Wood Worktops

Similarly with Solid Wood worktops, it is important to take the following precautions.

Be sure to mop up any spillages immediately with a clean dry cloth. Liquids should not be allowed to pool on the surface or stand for a length of time.

Do not cut directly onto the worktop. Please place a chopping board or butcher’s block on top of the worktop surface for this purpose.

Do not place hot, wet or dirty pots and pans straight onto the worktop. The worktop needs extra protection against such items; stainless steel hotrods are the perfect addition for this purpose and can be purchased alongside your worktop. In fact, most metal vessels (such as tin/aluminum cans, iron, copper, or steel containers) can stain the timber and as such contact between the two should be avoided.

Wipe worktops down regularly with a damp (not wet), lint-free cloth, warm water, and a small amount of soap. We do not recommend using multi-purpose cleaning products which contain chemicals as this may damage the worktops. Please also avoid the use of scouring pads. If a scouring pad is used, the worktop may need to be re-oiled afterwards.

To maintain the fine quality of your solid wood worktop, be sure to oil regularly. Wood is a natural material, and a proper course of oil treatment is essential to ensure a long and trouble-free life.

In the first few weeks of use, special care must be taken to prevent the worktops becoming stained before they have built up sufficient oil protection. Water must not be allowed to lie on the surface.

When the surface has a sheen, and water “beads” or forms into droplets, you can tell that the worktop is in good condition. When the surface is dull and droplets don’t form, you need to re-oil the worktop. Ideally, you should re-oil the surface before it quite gets to that stage.

New worktops will require treating frequently to build up their protection. However, as the protective layer builds up, they will gradually require oiling less often. The environment in which it is fitted and the amount of wear and tear a surface receives will affect how often a worktop needs oiling. However, we would recommend regular re-oiling at least every three months

Low angle of Kendal shaker kitchen cabinets on island, made by The Kitchen Depot