Cleaning & Maintenance Tips for your bathroom & kitchen products

This is the Kitchen & Bathroom Place guide on how to care for your new bathroom and kitchen products.

Follow these simple rules to keep your new bathroom or kitchen looking beautiful for many years to come.

THE GOLDEN RULES:-

  • REGULAR CLEANING WITH PLAIN CLEAN HOT WATER OR MILD SOAPY WATER ONLY
  • NO CHEMICALS OR ABRASIVES
  • ALWAYS REMOVE RESIDUAL WATER FROM ALL SURFACES
  • USE A SOFT NON ABRASIVE CLOTH FOR CLEANING AND A SECOND CLEAN DRY MICROBIRE CLOTH TO WIPE DRY

And in slightly more detail, here is an overview of the recommended care & maintenance guidelines for bathrooms and kitchens:-

  1. DO NOT use abrasive or harsh cleaning products on any surfaces (NEVER use steel wool, scouring pads, cleaning wipes or cleaning products which contain bleach, vinegar, acid, essential oils, alkali or abrasives).
  2. Clean glass, metal trims, brassware, mirrors and sanitary ware (including toilet seats) regularly with HOT WATER OR MILD SOAPY WATER ONLY (a mild hand soap is ideal).  For brassware in particular, plain clean hot water is all that is needed for routine cleaning.
  3. Remove any residual water or condensation from surfaces after every use (applies to glass, metal, worktops, shower trays, mirrors, cabinet tops etc.)
  4. Wipe all surfaces down with a non-abrasive soft cloth after every use. A microfibre cloth is ideal.
  5. Do not allow limescale to build up in hard water areas.*
  6. Metal surfaces and mirrors are vulnerable to acid attack. Some household cleaners, denture cleaners, hair dyes and photographic chemicals contain acid and should not be used.  Use of hairspray and aerosols on or near metal surfaces and mirrors should also be avoided.
  7. Keep the room well ventilated.
  8. Take great care if you do choose to use harsh / strong cleaning fluids in your toilet bowl to avoid splashing the cleaner onto the toilet seat.
  9. Avoid use of essential oils.

This is not an exhaustive list.  Please refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for each individual product.

Cleaning guidelines and manufacturer’s warranties

Please take time to read the manufacturer’s guidelines on cleaning and maintenance for the products which we have supplied / installed.  These can be found in the product leaflets supplied with the goods, and / or on the manufacturers’ websites.  Care should be taken to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure that your products remain in good order for many years to come.  It is important to note that manufacturer’s warranties do not cover damage or defects caused by failure to follow the recommended cleaning guidelines.

Tiles – natural stone

Natural stone tiles should only be cleaned with a specialist stone tile cleaner.  Use of normal household detergents will remove the sealant applied to the tiles to make them impregnable.

Tiles – glazed ceramic or porcelain

If limescale or hard water stains develop on glazed tiles, try removing them with a specialist tile cleaning product which contains hydrochloric acid.  This ingredient should be effective in tackling the limescale or hard water stain.  Lithofin grout stain remover, LTP grout stain remover or Hagesan limescale remover are products which may be suitable for this purpose.  Always test the product in a small inconspicuous area and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to use these products.

Corian work surfaces and sinks

Visit Corian UK’s website to view or download their care & maintenance guidelines:-

http://www.corian.uk/-use-care-

*Hard water areas and limescale build up

In hard water areas, pooling of water will result in deposits of limescale building up.  Unfortunately this can develop quite quickly and, even in homes with a water softener, it cannot be prevented.  Here are some additional tips for more intense (occasional) cleaning of any affected areas:-

  1. Use an old soft fibre toothbrush when cleaning the affected areas.
  2. Apply a very heavily diluted solution of white vinegar and water with a soft cloth (please spot test in an inconspicuous area first).
  3. Rinse the cleansed area thoroughly with LOTS of clean water until all residues of the vinegar/water are removed (rinse and rinse again!!) Wipe the cleansed area dry with a clean/dry E-cloth.