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Easy Does It
Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 23rd March 2015
If there’s one household chore that I really dread, it’s cleaning the oven. I’m all for keeping a tidy home and sometimes it can be quite therapeutic giving the carpets a vacuum and mopping the kitchen floor. I also love doing laundry on a spring morning - pegging out clean linens on the washing line in the garden is really satisfying and you get a lovely fresh fragrance on your clothes once they’re dry. But when it comes to cleaning the kitchen, it’s the workhorse that demands the most attention. Our cookers are used day in, day out, whether it’s preparing meals for the family, coping with large-scale entertaining or heating up a late night snack – so it’s no wonder they need a thorough clean every now and then. The good news is that with Rangemaster, the cleaning is done for you….
Choose a Rangemaster cooker that comes with Pyrolytic cleaning for a completely easy-clean solution. The Professional collection comes with a Pyrolytic cleaning mode, which works by using high temperatures of around 500˚C to burn off grease and spills, reducing it to a pile of ash that can simply be wiped away with a damp cloth. For best results, set aside a couple of hours to do this once a month. Alternatively, cookers with catalytic liners will clean themselves at 200˚C and above while in use, but can also be removed and washed in hot soapy water.
Hobs can also be easier to clean if you go for a black ceramic glass finish or a single piece of stainless steel. Rangemaster’s RG60 four-burner gas hob features a single-piece hotplate for easy cleaning, with matt pan supports and rubber feet to prevent movement.
Don’t forget the splashback, too. Not only will it protect the wall behind the cooker from splashes and spills but it’s also quick and easy to clean. Rangemaster now has a glass splashback collection, which comes in three different sizes (90cm, 100cm and 110cm) and a variety of colours to complement or contrast with your range cooker. Choose from black, grey, metallic black, metallic silver, purple and cranberry, depending on size of panel. Made from toughened glass, they are extremely durable, hygienic and so easy to clean.
Rangemaster also has a great range of stainless steel sinks – a material that’s known for its easy-clean finish. It’s also extremely durable and stain resistant – no wonder steel is the sink of choice for professional kitchens. For those who prefer a more traditional finish, check out Rangemaster’s extensive granite and fireclay ceramic sink collection.
Once you’ve got your quick-clean cooker and sink sorted, consider the rest of the kitchen. For cabinets, a high gloss lacquer is the best option, as it simply needs a wipe with a damp cloth. Go for handless flat slab doors and team with a solid surface worktop. With a product such as Corian, HI-MACS, Parapan or Silestone, there are no joins so you not only get a seamless finish but there’s also nowhere for dirt and bacteria to hide. Silestone by Cosentino even comes with built-in antibacterial protection for added peace of mind. With these worktops you can also have integrated splashbacks, upstands and sinks for a completely co-ordinated look.
Wall tiles can really enhance a scheme but bear in mind that they will require regular cleaning. A large format tile will reduce the number of grout lines, which will make it easier to clean, or think about a darker grout instead of the traditional white. White brick tiles with grey grouting are still on trend and are ideal for classic and contemporary kitchens.