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Looking after your kitchen

In 2018/2019 we fitted over 500 new kitchens and 400 bathrooms in our homes across Rhondda Cynon Taff. We do this work as part of our planned maintenance programme and, most importantly, our commitment to you as a Trivallis customer.

Every kitchen we fit is designed and built to stay in your home for 15 years. Although this seems like a long time, it should serve you well as long as it is properly looked after and cared for.

If you have recently had a new kitchen fitted, here are a few tips to help keep it in top condition:


  • You can clean your worktop, sink, cupboard doors and surfaces with warm water, a mild detergent (like washing-up liquid) and damp cloth. This will help to preserve the kitchen units. Please do not use abrasive cleaning products or strong chemicals
  • A cream cleaning product or similar non-abrasive cleaning product can help to remove any stubborn stains on your worktop
  • Avoid chopping and cutting directly on the worktops as this could cause irreparable damage, please use a chopping board
  • Avoid placing hot pans directly onto your worktops

Wall Tiles

  • The best way to preserve your ceramic tiles is to remove any dirt or grit with a dry cloth and then wash with warm soapy water and rinse with clean water, wipe down with a soft, dry cloth
  • Avoid using abrasive powders or scourer brush as they will scratch the surface
  • Over a period of time, the grout lines can become discoloured but it can easily be refreshed with a good quality grout cleaner


  • When moving any furniture or heavy appliances (like washing machines, freezers or cookers) please take extra care because they can damage and scuff the floor. A great tip is placing plastic castor cups underneath the feet to avoid any damage
  • You can add felt pads or something similar underneath the legs of dining room tables and chairs to reduce scratches
  • Your floor could also be damaged by sharp items, pointed heels and hot objects such as saucepans
  • Regularly sweeping the floor will help to get rid of any grit or dirt that has built up
  • Avoid using strong detergents, harsh abrasive powders, wire wool scouring pads or scrubbing brushes because they can also damage the flooring
  • Stubborn marks can be removed using non-stick scouring pads. Always remember to rinse your floor with clean warm water after cleaning and allow the floor to dry properly before walking on it

There are a few items we use around the house that can permanently stain your kitchen flooring, please take extra care when using:

  • Shoe polish
  • Hair dye
  • Brightly coloured foods (ketchup and coloured soft drinks)
  • Wax crayons
  • Veterinary ointments
  • Animal droppings
  • Bitumen or tar from freshly resurfaced roads and pathways that may be stuck to your footwear

After the work has been completed, it’s worth double checking the following things:

  • Make sure hinge screws have not become loose on cupboard doors
  • Do not place heavy objects or a lot of weight on partly-opened doors or drawers because it can cause damage
  • Do not place electric kettles or steamers below wall units to avoid condensation forming from the steam
  • Do not place heavy items on wall unit shelves
  • Do not overload drawers or cupboards because the extra weight could cause them to bow

If you have any questions about any of the advice shared in this article, please contact us.