Kitchen: That’s how long it lasts
It is important to note the various components of a kitchen, the lifespan of which can vary.
- An average fitted kitchen has a lifespan of 15 to 25 years. High-quality kitchens can also be used longer.
- The worktop in particular is exposed to high loads in the kitchen. Warm pots are placed on it, work tools find space there, and often enough there is water or other liquids on them. Therefore, a normal countertop has a lifespan of 20 years, granite countertops can be used for 30 years or more.
- Added to this are the built-in kitchen appliances. Nowadays, many electronic devices only have a service life of between five and ten years. Therefore, when planning the kitchen, you should think twice about having kitchen parts adapted exactly to the dimensions of electrical appliances. A ceramic hob has a service life of 15 years, and a stainless steel sink between 20 and 30 years.
Extending the life of your kitchen: These tips will help
There are several things you can do to extend the life of your kitchen.
- Keep your kitchen clean. Dirt and leftover food are the main causes of increased wear and tear in every kitchen. Wipe out the cupboards regularly.
- Real wood kitchens in particular need to be looked after with the right tools.
- If you see any broken or damaged areas in your kitchen, repair them immediately. You should replace damaged components with new ones. In addition, you should not load the cabinets above the maximum weights.
- Keep the humidity in your kitchen as low as possible. After you cook, there is a lot of water vapor in the room. Therefore, you should ventilate properly after each cooking. Otherwise, mold can form. This attacks your kitchen and reduces its service life many times over.