K es­sen­tials for In­dian Homes For a smarter kitchen.

Itchen is the heart of a home; the cen­ter of sus­te­nance for the fam­ily. It is ob­vi­ous to keep it tidy and well-main­tained, or else a dirty kitchen be­comes a breed­ing ground for sev­eral dis­eases and also brings neg­a­tive vibes to your house. How­ever, one ca

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your kitchen look all-the-more ap­peal­ing. What­ever be the size of your kitchen, with the in­stal­la­tion of a mod­u­lar setup, you wel­come a has­sle-free and the most con­ve­nient ever kitchen ex­pe­ri­ence.

The stan­dard mod­u­lar kitchen setup usu­ally com­prises mul­ti­ple cab­i­net units. These in­clude wall units, floor units, tall-stor­age cab­i­nets, gad­getsstor­age spa­ces, etc. It all in­deed comes with a hefty ex­pense. So, be­fore you take the plunge to splurge on your kitchen trans­for­ma­tion, here are some use­ful tips and ba­sic knowl­edge that we think you should be aware of. Lay­outs that suit your kitchen the best! Self re­search is al­ways bet­ter than get­ting trapped into the fancy words of your con­trac­tor, whose prime mo­tive is to in­crease their profit.

How you use the work space in your kitchen is the most key fac­tor when plan­ning the kitchen lay­out. The smaller the work tri­an­gle, the more ef­fi­cient a workspace, be­cause you don’t need to be all over the en­tire kitchen area when you are cook­ing. Hacker kitchens pro­vide ef­fi­cient lay­outs. There are 6 com­mon mod­u­lar kitchen lay­outs - L-shaped, Straight Line, Par­al­lel, Is­land, U-shaped and Penin­sula.

In­dia ow­ing to the fact that it is el­e­gant and also makes the kitchen area look more spa­cious. How­ever, one must also re­mem­ber that white re­quires max­i­mum main­te­nance. So, try avoid­ing an all-white kitchen sim­ply as it de­mands con­sis­tent clean­ing. But this also doesn't mean you blindly choose bright hues. Dark shades at­tract more heat, es­pe­cially in sum­mers. Try main­tain­ing har­mony by mix­ing and match­ing the two. Also, en­sure that your kitchen colour goes well with your over­all home decor.

Deal­ing with heights: Top cab­i­net place­ments is among the key de­ci­sions that must be taken very wisely. The dis­tance be­tween your counter top/slab should not be too much as the more up­ward it goes, it will be­come more dif­fi­cult for you to reach the up­per shelves.

En­sure safety: This seg­ment is rarely over­looked by the pro­fes­sion­als who setup your mod­u­lar kitchen but you should also be sure on your part. Noth­ing is be­yond safety, in a kitchen. En­sure proper gas pip­ing so as to pre­vent any sort of leak­age, the floor­ing you choose should be slip-re­sis­tant and easy to clean from con­stant spills and breaks. Place your ap­pli­ances close to the switch board which should be away from the sink and stove.

Never Ig­nore Cor­ners: Cor­ners make the best stor­age places! Es­pe­cially with the ad­vent of blind cor­ner cab­i­nets, you can uti­lize your kitchen cor­ner space to the fullest. Af­ter all, who doesn't like some ex­tra kitchen stor­age?

Trash­ing it out: Bins are a must in In­dian kitchens but keep­ing them away from pub­lic-eye is ap­par­ently the best op­tion for sev­eral ob­vi­ous rea­sons. Give it a try to built-in dust­bins which are con­structed be­hind the cab­i­net door. They are easy to main­tain and also come with op­tions for sep­a­rate waste sec­tions (wet and dry waste), thus make it easy for you to go eco-friendly. The quin­tes­sen­tial main­te­nance

With­out pro­fi­cient main­te­nance, a mod­u­lar kitchen can turn into a grim, dirty and frus­trat­ing night­mare. Here are some ba­sic yet es­sen­tial tips to make your kitchen look ap­peal­ing and keep its draw­ers and cab­i­nets func­tional for longer than ever. ✿ Make sure to clean your kitchen reg­u­larly. Wipe kitchen slabs us­ing dis­in­fec­tant spray and a clean cloth. Scrub floors and keep your ap­pli­ances clean like mi­crowave ovens, re­frig­er­a­tors, stove, etc timely with min­eral oil and a wet cloth. ✿ If you have a steel sink in your mod­u­lar kitchen, us­ing soft ny­lon scrub­bing pads is best as it doesn't cause any scratches. Pro­hibit from us­ing clean­ing prod­ucts con­tain­ing chlo­ride as it cor­rodes steel sinks. How­ever, you can any time use vine­gar to clean your steel sink. ✿ To main­tain the shine of tiles and stain­less steel sink, take cue of bak­ing soda. It works won­ders. ✿ Feel free to use clean­ing liq­uids di­rectly on the tough stains on the ap­pli­ances. ✿ Wipe your stoves and burn­ers daily in or­der to avoid food par­ti­cles so­lid­i­fy­ing on your stove. ✿ It is a must to clean kitchen cab­i­nets once in ev­ery week. ✿ Use a heavy duty vac­uum cleaner or seek pro­fes­sional help to clean the chim­ney twice ev­ery year. ✿ Avoid breed­ing of harm­ful bac­te­ria by wash­ing kitchen rugs reg­u­larly. ✿ Empty your re­frig­er­a­tor and clean it with warm soap wa­ter twice in a month. We

EN­SURE PROPER GAS PIP­ING SO AS TO PRE­VENT ANY SORT OF LEAK­AGE, THE FLOOR­ING YOU CHOOSE SHOULD BE SLIPRESISTANT AND EASY TO CLEAN FROM CON­STANT SPILLS AND BREAKS. PLACE YOUR AP­PLI­ANCES CLOSE TO THE SWITCH BOARD WHICH SHOULD BE AWAY FROM THE SINK AND STOVE.

L-shape

Par­alle

U-shape

Man­ga­lore-gallery Cor­ner cab­i­net

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