Keeping Your Kitchen Up to Snuff
Few people truly enjoy deep cleaning their kitchen, but there is a special sense of accomplishment when you finish the tasks and enjoy the clean look and feel of well-maintained countertops, silverware and more. Kitchen countertops are known wastelands for an overgrowth of bacteria, from leftover eggshells to raw poultry, and various countertop types need special treatment. While some of these tips may sound a bit silly, they are all fully tested in real-world situations to help keep your kitchen up to your high standards of cleanliness.
Not sure exactly how to maintain gleaming rows of cookware in your kitchen or how to refinish a butcher's block? Here are some hot tips to keep everything ship-shape:
- Keep your butcher's block in great shape by lightly sanding (if needed) and then melt together 4-1/2 ounces of mineral oil and one half an ounce of paraffin wax. Apply the mixture to your butcher's block with a soft towel or foam paintbrush. Let the mixture dry overnight for a like-new finish!
- Maintain the amazing non-stick coating on your cast iron skillet by using gentle cleaning methods and never allowing steel wool or soap to touch the surface. Instead, use a mixture of salt and water to loosen any dried food bits and use hot water and a sponge only for cleaning. Add a light coating of vegetable oil to the inside and outside after thoroughly drying the pan.
- Give your grill an easy refresh by mixing three cups of ammonia, three cups of white vinegar and a cup of baking soda in a large garbage bag that contains your grill grate. Shake gently and store in the sun for 24 hours and then rinse.
- Flour is great for more than just baking! This simple and environmentally-friendly tip involves using flour to scour your stainless steel sinks to a mirror finish. Rinse out excess flour and voilà!
Countertop maintenance can be a chore, especially if you have specialized finishes such as marble or wood. Porous materials, or those with tiny surface holes where liquids may penetrate, include concrete, marble, and granite and should be sealed several times a year. Stainless steel, laminate, and other stain-resistant surfaces are much easier to manage. However, the best all-around countertop material is quartz. This low-maintenance option combines the beautiful look of natural stone with very few maintenance requirements above a quick swipe to keep the countertops germ-free. Laminate is another inexpensive option, but it is susceptible to heat damage from pans or platters.
Want to learn more about kitchen maintenance and keeping your countertops in great shape? Talk to the experts at Kitchen Tune-Up today at 704-248-8847 or request a free quote online. Our design professionals will work with you to design or upgrade the kitchen of your dreams — while helping you understand which options are best for your budget, lifestyle, and timeline.