We are often asked many questions about the best ways to approach designing and installing new kitchens, so we thought it would be a good idea to list a few of them here:

Q: We have a very small kitchen and are looking for ways to make the most of the limited space we have, can you help?

A: All good kitchen designers relish the challenge of small kitchens and take pride in creating space while incorporating generous storage facilities and all the appliances you want.

Quality kitchen manufacturers make a huge range of cabinet sizes especially to customer order so there is no need to waste precious inches with filler panels. Ingenious internal fittings give easy access within cabinets and again ensure that every inch of space is available for use. Wall cabinets can be extended to reach the ceiling to accommodate rarely used items and reduce dust traps. There are even special cupboards and hardware for cutlery, spices and implements between the floor and wall cabinets. The wasted space at plinth level can be fitted with drawers or even heaters.

Special slimline appliances give modern facilities in a reduced space. Cooling and laundry appliances can be stacked and you may even select a double oven that fits under the worktop.

Q: My sink has become quite badly stained with tea, coffee etc – is there any way of removing these?

A: Always wipe the sink down with warm soapy water and a cloth. This will remove everyday stains from your sink.In hard water areas limescale deposits can build up on the sink over a period of time. The limescale can become strongly coloured by such liquids as coffee and red wine. To remove limescale we recommend the use of mild acids as lemon or vinegar.

If stains become ingrained in the bowls, a 30 minute soak using diluted bleach or diluted biological washing powder (1 part cleaning agent to 10 parts water ) should remove the marks easily. Rinse the sink with water afterwards.

Q: How do I remove limescale-marks (and/or other stains and scratches) from my Granite worktop?

A: Firstly, try cleaning the granite with any branded lime-scale remover; there are several available from most supermarkets and general goods stores. Apply on a small area to test first just in case there is an unwanted reaction; some products are particularly strong. Then wash the worktop with clean warm water with a small dash of washing up liquid added, using a microfibre cloth and dry off immediately with paper kitchen roll.

Finally, buy a tin of Wax furniture polish; not spray polish, apply using a circular motion and remove with a clean soft duster and then buff to a shiny finish. This will require plenty of ‘elbow grease’ but should restore the high shine of the granite surface. Do a small area at a time. To prevent lime-scale build up, clean your top regularly with clean warm water and a drop of washing up liquid, rinse and dry immediately with paper kitchen roll. Do this regularly and your tops should stay in pristine condition.

An occasional re-wax (every 12 months or so) is perfectly acceptable and will not cause you any problems. However, do not prepare food directly on the granite until the wax polish has had chance to ‘soak in’ and will not contaminate any food placed on the worktop.