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Culinary TV titans like Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsey have not only transformed the way we think about food - they’ve transformed the places we cook and prepare meals. When chefs let TV cameras into their home kitchens, they show a tantalising glimpse of a culinary world where surfaces are spotless, where the equipment is professional-grade, and where everything – from a top quality blender to a good old-fashioned heavy saucepan – has its place, precisely located for effortless access whenever the recipe calls for it. These days, a kitchen is more than just a place to cook – it can be the heart of a home and a chance to make a statement, a physical expression of style and décor that will wow visitors and make every meal a masterpiece.
But a good kitchen doesn’t look after itself – even the most stylish and sleek kitchens will soon fall into disrepair if not properly looked after.
First of all, if you’re planning on installing a new kitchen soon, make sure you pick the highest quality materials and finishes that your budget will stretch to. A supplier like Better Kitchens can install quality vinyl, timber or gloss doors that will better withstand stains and scratches on the surface finish. Even the small things – like choosing sturdy soft close drawers or hinges over lower quality alternatives – can give an extra layer of durability that will keep your kitchen looking great for years to come.
Next, make sure to look after the worktops. Even the best quality timber won’t retain its shine forever – it’s essential to seal the surfaces and ends with oil to not only retain the colour and grain, but also to keep it in good condition for food preparation. A good tip is to add a few drops of water to the surface – if it spreads out instead of forming neat droplets, it’s time to re-oil the surface.
Look in the cupboards for old or spoiled food. Damaged packaging can lead to crumbs – which leads to kitchen pests. Be sure to wipe down cupboard shelves at least once a month to prevent any unexpected visitors.
Most surfaces, from worktops to doors, can be best cleaned with a little soap and water, wiping with a soft cloth. Don’t give spills or stains time to sink in – clean them immediately to avoid permanent staining of your surfaces, and clean as you go to reduce arduous clean-up work straight after your meal. While chemical kitchen cleaning products can help enormously on stubborn stains, be extremely careful not to use powerful cleaners on sensitive surfaces as this can irreparably damage the finish.