Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Looking Like New

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National kitchen and bath remodeling franchise, Kitchen Tune-Up, offers tips to keep your kitchen looking like new.

Homeowners may wait years for their new kitchen. After finally making the decision to remodel, their vision has materialized and they have their new dream kitchen. So, how can a homeowner keep it from looking tired and worn? What can homeowners do to protect their new kitchen from common household contaminants and keep it looking as great as when the project was completed? Home remodeling franchise Kitchen Tune-Up offers tips to homeowners on how to keep their new kitchen looking like new.

If homeowners have wood cabinets, grease buildup should be removed as soon as possible. Leaving this contaminant on the wood will eventually eat away the finish. Use Kitchen Tune-Up Cream Polish or the same mild soap that is used for dishes to clean the surface, just dilute it and wipe with a damp rag. Grease also comes from hands and fingers. Remember to clean around the pulls and knobs often, before dark stains around them are visible.

Once the cabinets are cleaned, apply plain-old lemon oil with a clean cloth. It’s what our grandparents used and it’s still the best protection for any woodwork. Wipe it on, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and wipe off whatever isn’t absorbed into the wood. It will keep the cabinets looking good for years.

Steam is not good for your new kitchen. The heat and humidity of vaporized water is bad for cabinets and counters alike. Hopefully the new kitchen has adequate ventilation above the range or cooktop to draw out these evil vapors. If water is found condensing on the cabinets by the range, wipe it off as soon as possible, and talk with a contractor about replacing the hood with a more powerful one. If the coffee maker is kept on the counter, under the wall cabinets, make sure to pull it out from under the cabinets when using it to avoid the steam damaging the underside of the cabinets.

Heat is never a friend to our kitchen components. If the oven wasn’t replaced when the kitchen was remodeled, check to see if heat is escaping from the sides of the door when in use. The seals that contain the heat within the oven can fail and allow heat to escape, scorching wood and delaminating thermofoil. If the cabinets on the sides of the oven are getting hot, have the seals on the oven replaced or, better yet, buy a new oven. If the toaster is kept on the counter, pull it out from under the cabinets when in use to avoid burning the underside of the cabinets.

For any scratches on the cabinets, homeowners can use the touch-up kit that the contractor provided when he installed the cabinets. If the homeowner didn’t receive one, they can purchase a variety of products at the home-center. Use fill sticks for gouges and touch-up pens for minor scrapes. Remember to always test these products on the inside of a door first.

About Kitchen Tune-Up –Kitchen Tune-Up specializes in home remodeling. They offer wood reconditioning “Tune-Ups”, cabinet refacing and redooring, custom cabinetry and closet organization. Kitchen Tune-Up has been ranked Entrepreneur Magazine’s #1 home remodeling franchise for 20 years and has more than 200 franchises in the United States and Canada. Learn more about franchise territories that are available nationwide and in Canada at kitchentuneup.com or ktufranchise.com.

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