If your Naples kitchen remodel goes according to plan, you’ll be delighted with your beautiful new kitchen. There’s something rewarding and satisfying about seeing your plan come to life. But how can you keep your new kitchen looking great? Here are 4 tips for caring for your newly remodeled Naples kitchen.
Maintaining Your Floors
Your floors are a big part of the look and feel of your home. If you have different flooring in areas such as your kitchen, dining area, entryway, or bedrooms, those surfaces require different maintenance. Here are some care tips for common flooring types.
Hardwood: For hardwood floors, you'll want to use a soft cloth to clean up spills and spots immediately so that your floors don’t stain or swell. It’s a good idea to sweep, dust or vacuum these floors weekly—using a hard floor attachment if you vacuum to avoid scratching or dulling your floor’s finish. You can use a hardwood cleaner periodically to eliminate dirt and soil without damaging your floor’s finish—but avoid oil-based, wax, polish or products containing ammonia that can dull the finish of your hardwood. Don't use steel wool or abrasive cleaners, and don’t wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or other liquid cleaning materials. That can make the floors swell and warp—and it could void your floor’s warranty. There’s no need to use a buffing machine. It’s also a good idea to install “slider pads” on chairs in the kitchen to avoid scratching and wear marks.
Laminate: As with hardwood floors, you’ll want to sweep, dust, or vacuum laminate floors regularly (again, using the hard floor attachment) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the finish. Periodically you can clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floors. Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. If you have stains or spots caused by oil, paint, markers, lipstick, or ink, a clean white cloth and acetone/nail polish remover can remove most stains. Follow by wiping the area with a damp cloth. Don’t use steam cleaners, or wet mops and don’t use soap, water, oil-soap detergent or other liquid cleaning products. Don’t wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent or any other liquid cleaning products. As with hardwood flooring care, stay away from buffing machines.
Stone/Tile: Sweep with a soft broom frequently. You can also use a vacuum with a hard floor setting. Mop stone tile floors weekly with a damp (not wet) soft mop head or sponge and a diluted general floor cleaner on harder stone floors such as granite or slate. For softer stone, such as marble or limestone, use a stone cleaner. A soft scrub brush and your cleaner of choice will work great on grout between tiles. Wipe the cleaner off with a water-dampened sponge after cleaning, and then dry the area. If you have colored grout, a cleaning solution of one part water to one part white vinegar works well. Then rinse the vinegar off with a water dampened sponge and dry the area. Dissolve oil stains, cooking grease, or milk spills with acetone. A cotton ball dipped in a small amount of acetone can be lightly applied to any oil-based stains. When you’re done, use a dampened sponge to finish.
By the way, if you’re still considering a project, here’s some information that compares the different characteristics of flooring materials for your Naples home.
As with flooring, different countertop materials require slightly different maintenance. Here are some tips for taking care of some popular countertop materials.
Granite: Some granite countertops require regular sealing to ensure that they are protected and that they'll continue looking good. But that's not true of all granite countertops. So, before you have countertops installed, check with the manufacturer to see if (and how often) the surface needs to be sealed. Wipe up spills immediately (especially spills that can leave a stain such as red wine). Clean your countertop regularly with warm water and a few drops of dish soap and a soft cloth. Rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Keeping the surface free of dirt and grime will help preserve granite.
Marble: If you have marble countertops, you can essentially follow the same maintenance plan as for granite countertops.
Quartz: Quartz countertops have become increasingly popular. One reason is that—unlike granite—quartz doesn’t require regular sealing. Simply you’re your countertops with a soft cloth, soap, and water. You can use a mild household cleaner if you want, but don’t use abrasive pads and powders that can damage the surface. Don’t use bleach, oven cleaners or abrasive pads or cleansers. As with granite, it’s always a good idea to wipe up spills immediately to avoid stains.
Stainless: This surface is virtually maintenance-free. Give your counters a regular wipe-down with mild soap and water. It’s still a good idea to avoid scratching the surface and to keep smudges and streaks under control. Due to that, use a microfiber towel and cleaner made especially for stainless steel to buff them out. Don’t use abrasive scrubbing pads or steel wool. Believe it or not, stainless steel actually can stain in rare cases. Take care of stains by polishing the surface occasionally with stainless-steel polish and a microfiber cloth—rubbing in the direction of the grain. Then buff it dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
Soapstone: This nonporous material is resistant to staining and scratching. You can perform normal maintenance with virtually any non-abrasive multipurpose cleaner. Although it resists stains, they can occur. So clean up spills immediately. Scratches and tough stains can be removed with very fine (preferably 80 grit or lower) sandpaper. Apply mineral oil after sanding. Be aware that over time, mineral oil can darken the surface somewhat. Some homeowners like that effect, but you should be aware that over time it can darken the surface.
Most cabinets don't require a lot of maintenance. However, since white kitchens have been popular for a number of years, it's good to stay on top of spills that come from the countertops. Soft damp cloths will usually do the trick when keeping your cabinets clean. Avoid abrasive cloths and don't over-rub or you can wear out the surface. You will want to keep an eye on the hinges and hardware to make sure they don't get too loose. That can affect performance and even cause drawers and doors to close unevenly. Just check monthly or quarterly to ensure they are still tight. If you’re considering new cabinets for your kitchen or bath, here’s a look at what we consider some of the best cabinets out there.
The outside of your kitchen appliances should be pretty much maintenance-free. A damp cloth (and maybe a drop or two of dish soap on occasion) should be all you need to keep things looking great. One thing to keep in mind, however, is to clean behind your refrigerator a couple of times each year. Even if you have an immaculate home, you’ll be shocked at how quickly dirt and dust collect behind your refrigerator. And while that may not be visible, it can affect the performance—and even shorten the life of your appliance.