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Tips on Maintaining Your Newly Remodeled Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

As one of the most used areas in any home, the kitchen is more exposed to wear and tear. Kitchen cabinets and countertops are often the most used installations in the kitchen, which makes them the primary focus in most kitchen and bath remodeling projects.

All homeowners want their kitchen to last for a long time. Many invest a lot of money for repairs and replacements for kitchen cabinets and countertops while others have hired professionals to do a total kitchen and bath remodeling. Whether it is just for repairs or a total makeover, one would love to keep a kitchen in its best condition as long as possible.

One way of ensuring the longevity of a newly renovated kitchen is to ensure ventilation. Cooking creates water vapor which condenses on surfaces of kitchen cabinets and countertops. Installing an extractor fan is one of the best means of getting the kitchen ventilated.

It is also best not to place kitchen appliances that produce water vapor below kitchen cabinets and cupboards. Coffeemakers and kettles placed under these installations can result in water vapor damage to the cabinet’s bottom surface.

It is always good to have a surface mat ready when cooking. Putting hot pans directly on countertops or any other surface for that matter can cause significant damage.

Use caution with kitchen knives and other sharp objects around your cabinets to keep the surfaces of newly-installed kitchen cabinets and countertops scratch-free. Use a chopping board when cutting or slicing food or meat. Cutting and slicing directly on the surface can of course, cause substantial damage.

When cleaning a newly-renovated kitchen, avoid using solvents, cleaning powders or sponges that you use on your pots and pans as they will damage the surface so much that it will not be possible to bring it back to its original state. It is also important to avoid using oil-based products for cleaning.

In painting your remodeled kitchen, avoid flat finishes and instead use eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss for the finishing touches.

In relation to keeping the kitchen at its best, it helps if the homeowners take a look at their appliances’ manuals for further information on appliance maintenance.

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