Long-lasting joy through proper care
In the kitchen, it is not uncommon for things to get hot and therefore kitchen furniture has to meet particularly high demands. Whether high temperatures or high humidity, all the surfaces have to be hard-wearing. With the right care, you can extend the life of your kitchen furniture by many years. We'll show you how!
Do not use abrasive cleaners on the surfaces of your kitchen! You should only use mild and water-soluble detergents, which protect the furniture parts and protect them from unattractive scratches such as those caused by pot, steel wool, souring milk, and so on.
The cleaning cloth you use should always be a soft, lint-free cloth, preferably made of leather or a sponge. Microfibre cloths can also scratch your doors so stay away from those as well.
It can happen to anyone once and especially in the kitchen things can get messy. Stains that you clean off immediately cannot dry out, and you save yourself a lot of work later on.
If your doors and surfaces get wet, simply dry them off as quickly as possible. That prevents water damage, such as swelling of the wood caused by waterlogging.
Three things you shouldn't forget
#1 Water is also a risk factor
Water can find its way into the worst spots. Although it somehow belongs in the kitchen, waterlogging can cause your wood doors and worktops to swell. So it is best to wipe up all excess moisture with a soft cloth to prevent irreparable damage.
#2 When it gets hot again
Similar to water, keep the heat where it belongs. Never place hot pots or pans without coasters on the worktop. It might happen faster than you expect that you end up with unsightly fire damage on your wood. Additionally, you should never clamp objects into the stove door to keep it open for cooling. Not only do you run the risk of your furniture getting damaged, but this is also an acute fire hazard!
We recommend that you install special heat-protection profiles to ensure that the cabinets in your kitchen are adequately protected from the heat of the oven. These form a reliable barrier and thus prevent heat damage. Toasters and other electrical appliances placed under the wall cupboards can also damage the furniture and become dangerous fire hazards. You have to be careful!
#3 When the steam rises into the air
Microwave, coffee machine and electric kettle are standard appliances in almost every kitchen today. Hot steam from these appliances rises and settles as a thin layer of water on the doors. Due to the constant humidity, there is also the danger of the furniture parts swelling up. Should it happen that something gets wet, wipe it with a soft, dry cloth. Then you are on the safe side.
Extra tip: Do you have a dishwasher? Then wait about half an hour after the wash before you open it. The dishwasher will have cooled down sufficiently, and no more water vapour will rise when you open the door.
Specific cleaning techniques for certain materials
Kitchen doors are made of a wide variety of materials and come in different decors. Depending on what you choose, you should always consider the specific cleaning requirements.
Colour lacquer doors
Best wipe colour lacquer doors with a damp cloth and without cleaning agents. If this is not enough, you can use gentle, non-abrasive cleaning agents in exceptional cases. Never use sharp cleaning agents or those with abrasive particles! The fine lacquer layer of your colour lacquer doors can quickly become damaged—it's impossible to remove unattractive scratches afterwards. If everything is clean, just wipe again with a damp cloth and then dry everything well.
Lacquered natural wood
Wood in the kitchen is an eye-catcher and, like all natural products, demands special care. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can damage the wood. You should try to avoid this as much as possible. The best conditions for natural wood doors and worktops are between 40% and 70% humidity.
With natural wood, a soft cloth and warm water are all you need. If the impurities are more persistent, a mild household cleaner can help. It is best to test it in an invisible place before using it. That way you can be sure that the cleaner does not affect the colour fastness of the wood. Finally, dry the surfaces with a soft cloth in the direction of the grain.
Did you know? Due to the growth of the wood and the different regions in which it grows, variations in colour and texture can occur. These are natural and give the furniture its unique character.
High-gloss surfaces - elegant and chic
The structure of high-gloss surfaces is quite special because the individual pores are almost completely closed—impurities cannot penetrate into the surface and are easy to remove. Warm water and a soft cloth are sufficient. Here, too, you should only use chemical cleaning agents in exceptional cases. High-gloss doors, in particular, react sensitively to abrasive cleaners and microfibre cloths. By the way, with commercially available car polish and clean cotton cloth, you can restore the high-gloss surfaces to their old shine.
Velvet-matt surfaces like it soft
Manufacturers achieve the velvet-matt effect by adding special silicate agents to the paint which absorb the incident light. The surface is later sealed. Clean the velvet-matt surfaces with a soft cloth and warm water. In case of heavy stains, you can also use a mild, non-abrasive household cleaner or a soft max 30% soap solution. With a soft brush and little pressure, you can gently remove the dirt. In the end, take a soft cloth again, wipe with lukewarm water and dry well.
Plastic doors, bodies and surfaces are best cleaned with a soft cloth and warm water—similar to high-gloss doors. Never use a microfibre cloth or abrasive cleaning agent, as this could damage the surfaces. Wipe with warm water and dry well!
If you have any further questions on the subject of care, our staff will be happy to answer them. Use the contact form or call us at 0 45 35 - 297 29 - 17.
With this little guide at hand, you are already on the right track. Your doors will thank you for it and keep their radiance and bright colours for a long time.