Maintaining Your Kitchen/Bath

Did you know that a new kitchen or bathroom requires maintenance?  Much like your new car will need oil changes, tune ups, and other services, your kitchen and bath  will need regular maintenance.   Here are a few things you should be doing.

  • Seal Your Granite – Granite is a natural stone which means it is porous and susceptible to stains.   Many people either forget or don’t know that granite needs to be sealed every 6-12 months.  Sealers can be purchased from your granite supplier and are very simple to apply. In the last several years a new sealer has been developed that is applied before your countertops are installed and lasts 10-15 years.  If you are planning to purchase new countertops ask your designer about this.  It will save you time and money!
  • Soap & Water- It may sound elementary but the finest cabinet manufacturer’s recommend that your cabinets be cleaned with just a mild soap and water.  Vinegar and water is another option, however many find the odor a bit  overwhelming.  A well manufactured cabinet will keep its shine for life, but many people choose to use Guardsman annually and make them look like new.
  • Bar Keeper’s Friend- A stainless sink can sometimes show the most wear and tear in your kitchen.  Just a small amount of Bar Keeper’s Friend and a little bit of elbow grease can get your sink looking like new again.  It also can work wonders on your bathtub, shower, cooktop, tile, grout and even your pots and pans.
  • Adjustments- Just like your car needs a tune up, your cabinet door and drawer fronts need adjusting.  With normal wear and tear your doors and drawer fronts will move slightly making them rub together, be off center,  or just not open as smoothly.   A carpenter can make quick adjustments to them so they are looking like new again.   Always have the firm who sold/installed your cabinets perform this work because they are the most familiar with your cabinets and therefore the most qualified.
  • Change/Clean Your Filters- We are reminded by our mechanics to change our car’s air filter every year, but you probably don’t remember to change or clean your filters in the kitchen.  Any water filtration system needs to be changed based on usage.   The same is true for your cooking ventilation system.  These are expensive products and not maintaining them properly can sometimes be the same as if you didn’t have them in the first place.  Keep extra water filters on hand, and remember to clean your hood’s filter/baffle system regularly.
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