No more waking up to saws spinning, hammers pounding, and dust everywhere. Your kitchen remodel is complete, and the contractors have moved on to their next project. Now it’s time for you to take over and keep that gorgeous new kitchen looking and running its best. Keeping up with these three areas will make sure you succeed.

Appliances

While we like to think that our appliances will keep running on their own, in reality, they do need some regular upkeep to perform their best. Even commercial kitchen appliances florida homeowners are installing will need to have regular service. Simple steps like checking seals, changing filters, and keeping them clean can help your appliances look and run like new.

Countertops

To seal or not to seal? Granite and marble countertops offer a beautiful appearance and incredible durability, but they do come with some extra maintenance. In general, you should plan on sealing your countertops every year or two to keep them from staining and help prevent scratches. You may want to check your backsplash while you’re at it. Splashes from the sink or stove can penetrate into some tile or stone surfaces.

If you are in doubt about whether to seal or not, sprinkle a few drops of water on them. If the water beads up or runs off, then you are good to go. If it starts to soak in, you should seal.

Floors

This may be the most used (and abused) area of your kitchen. Keep the floor looking like new with routine cleaning and maintenance. Sweeping up dirt and debris daily will help minimize scratches, which can cause serious damage over time. Use care with steam or very wet mops if you have wood or laminate flooring since extra moisture can cause damage if it gets into seams.

Cleaning Products

Make sure that whatever you are using to clean your new kitchen is up to the job. Glass cooking surfaces require special care, as do stainless steel finishes. Check with manufacturers for their recommendations on cleaning and maintenance products

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