Kitchens go through a lot of wear and tear, which can unfortunately cause a little bit of damage over the years. Sinks start to leak, drawers stick, cupboard doors start to fall off and tile grouting gets mouldy. These little jobs can soon start to pile up, until you’ve got a kitchen that is badly in need of some TLC.
Faced with kitchen maintenance or any kind of DIY, some people run a mile – choosing to order a brand new kitchen rather than repair and renovate their old one. If you’ve got a good kitchen, it’s simply madness to spend thousands of pounds on a new kitchen when you could simply call in a professional and get your old one up to scratch for a fraction of the cost.
If you’ve been putting off the maintenance jobs in the heart of your home, it’s time to take control and get them sorted. The good news is that you can do many of the jobs yourself, such as:
Cleaning tile grouting. If your tile grouting is black with mould and mildew, simply get some rubber gloves, thick bleach and an old toothbrush and coat all the affected areas. Leave for an hour or so then wipe clean – much easier and cheaper than getting new tiles!
Deep clean the kitchen. A kitchen that is greasy, dusty and dirty will be transformed with some good old-fashioned elbow grease. Get stuck in and clean your kitchen from top to bottom, then see what you’re left with before deciding on any further work - you may be pleasantly surprised.
Replacing door knobs and handles. Even something as simple as changing the knobs and handles on drawers and cupboards can give your kitchen a new lease of life. Armed with only a little DIY knowledge, you can unscrew old handles and pop new ones on. If you don’t feel confident though, it’s always a good idea to call in the experts.
A lick of paint. A fresh coat of paint or a bold colour can make your kitchen feel brand new again, and it’s easy and inexpensive to do yourself.
When to call in the professionals
Some maintenance jobs really do need to be done by professional kitchen fitters and maintenance experts. For example:
Leaking taps and sinks
Damaged or dropped cupboard doors
Drawers that stick or won’t close
Worktops in need of replacement
Tiling in need of repair or replacement
Wood floors in need of sanding
Remember, you don’t need to buy a new kitchen, you can simply maintain your existing one to save a small fortune and start enjoying your kitchen again.
A&J Kitchens are not only experienced fitters of brand new kitchens – the team also has lots of experience in updating and maintaining kitchens, from replacing worktops and cupboard doors to carrying out alterations and even maintaining kitchens for landlords of rental properties.