Kitchen Express care and maintenance
Now that your brand new kitchen has been professionally installed, we know you’ll want to do everything you can to keep it in top condition. Here are some of Express Kitchen’s best tips to ensure your kitchen maintains that new kitchen glow as long as possible:
- General care and cleaning guidelines for laminate and melamine benchtops, panels, and cupboard doors
- Wipe off all food and drink spills immediately. Preferably with warm, soapy water.
- Use non abrasive cleaners such as Mr Muscle Foaming Cleanser, Nifty liquid cleaner, Flash liquid, or Dissol for stubborn stains.
- When cleaning, be careful not to rub excessively. Excessive rubbing may cause aesthetic damage.
For Melamine doors & panels it is important to remember that Melamine is not scratch-proof but rather, scratch resistant. Thus it is possible to permanently scratch or mark the melamine surface, particularly with a sharp implement.
Abrasive cream cleaners, powders and pastes will permanently alter the appearance of a laminate surface with continual use. Use sparingly and gently, if at all. We recommend the use of non abrasive liquid cleaners for general day-to-day use.
For finishing we recommend Windex because it does not leave streak marks on the laminate surface after cleaning.
Don’t place hot objects, electrical appliances, or pots straight from the oven or cooker onto your laminated surface.
Don’t cut on the laminated surface
Streaky marks sometime show on dark colours after cleaning. An all-purpose cleaner such as Windex spray cleaner or Ajax Spray ‘n’ Wipe usually removes them.
Using a mild dishwashing detergent in water will remove greasy marks. Dab, wait and wipe away. Finish with an all-purpose cleaner such as Windex spray cleaner or Ajax Spray ‘n’ Wipe.
Laminated surfaces resist staining from most household chemicals. With some accidental spills however, prompt action is essential. Wipe off beetroot, grape and berry juices, first aid preparations, concentrated bleach, oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents, artificial dyes, hair colouring and solvent based pen ink immediately. Specialty glues such as Super glue must also be removed straight away with acetone (nail polish remover ).
If the stain won’t budge with Extra Strength Windex, try methylated spirits or dab the stain with a diluted bleach mixture ( 1 part bleach to 8 parts water ); leave for 3 minutes then wash off with water and dry. Finish off with Extra Strength Windex. Only as a last resort if a stain persists try 2 or 3 rubs with a crème cleanser or white toothpaste, wash and dry. Please note that bleach or these abrasive cleaners may irreversibly damage the laminated surface, so use with extra caution!
Laminated surfaces will withstand normal wear and tear, but can be damaged by scratching or cutting with utensils, knives and unglazed pottery. Darker colours will show scratches more readily than lighter colours. To minimise scratching, always place and lift objects from the surface – never drag or slide them across the surface.