Home Care Maintenance

We pride ourselves on creating high quality homes of lasting value, so in order to help you take the very best care of your new home we have compiled detailed home care maintenance instructions. Please see the topics listed below.
All hard surface materials are susceptible to staining and care should be given when placing products on your countertops. We strongly recommend that you quickly wipe spills of acidic liquids such as wine, lemon juice, vinegar and chemicals products. Flush immediately with water. Countertops are not to be used as a cutting board, never cut anything directly on the countertop because the knife will dent or knick the surface. Your countertops should be protected from hot irons as well as hot pots, pans or baking dishes. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to keep heavy objects off countertops to prevent damage. Also, do not stand, kneel or sit on countertops. We also highly recommend that you apply a Teflon based grout sealer, commonly available at building supply stores, to your stone counters. Please note that the builder is not responsible for staining of Quartz, Porcelain, Ceramic, Veneer or Laminate surfaces.
Your kitchen and bathroom cabinets are made of wood veneer. Keep wood veneer out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.
 
To clean: dampen a cotton or microfiber cloth with water and wring it out. Wipe the wood veneer, following the direction of the wood grain, to remove any light dust, debris or residue. Wipe the veneer with a dry cotton or microfiber cloth to dry it.
 
To remove tough dirt or residue: mix of 1 teaspoon of oil soap or mild soap flakes with 2 cups of warm water, dip a cotton or microfiber cloth into the solution and wring it out, wipe the wood veneer in small sections to clean it thoroughly.
 
Warning: do not use oil or ammonia-based products to clean wood veneer. They can damage the surface or create a cloudy finish.
Ensure you seal your grout so that it is waterproof and will repel moisture and germs. Sealing helps prolong the look, texture, and consistency of your grout, as well as prevents mildew and mold. Your grout will look better and last longer.
To prolong the life of your bathtub and shower, follow these precautions:
  • If you are painting walls and ceilings or otherwise redecorating, cover bathroom fixtures.
  • Do not step in a tub with shoes on for any reason.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners or brushes.
Use a soft cloth to wipe the product dry after each use. Your bathtub can be dulled or stained within a short time through excessive use of strong abrasive cleaners. Many household cleaners are abrasive and should be avoided. Gel Gloss (if recommended by the manufacturer) is one product that may used to clean and shine your premanufactured units.
  • Even though your Luxury Vinyl Flooring is very durable it can be damaged by scratches, dropping of sharp objects, certain spills, and extreme heat.
  • Water and liquid spills need to be cleaned up in adequate time to ensure the sound underlayment is not damaged, simply do not allow spills to pool for extended periods of time.
  • It is preferable if street shoes are not worn on the floors, as dirt and grit can be lodged in the treads leading to scratches on the planks.
  • Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for further maintenance and cleaning.
In all cases, regular cleaning with a damp cloth is recommended. Don’t use abrasive cleansers or other household cleaners.
Clean with clear water and dry with a soft cloth. Don’t use chemical cleaners or abrasive pads.  These products may cause de-plating of the finishes.
Stainless steel sinks can be cleaned with a mild abrasive such as Vim. Avoid scouring pads as they’ll leave small bits of metal in the sink and will cause rust spots to show. The sink itself does not rust.
Caulking is used to seal seams and prevent water from entering behind the enclosure. If a separation occurs around a bathtub between the tub and the wall tiles or between the wall and the enclosure itself, it should be filled immediately with a tub sealer or caulking compound available at any home supply centre. Leaving the gap unsealed may cause serious water damage to adjacent materials.
 
It is the responsibility of the suite owner to remind the Condominium Corporation to inspect and maintenance of the outside caulking.
Dishwasher
Load your dishwasher properly, following manual suggestions. Use dishwasher detergent in recommended amounts. Do not put any other cleaning compound inside dishwasher, as suds may interfere with dishwashing action. Periodically check object traps and wash arms for blockages. To clean the exterior of the dishwasher, sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge or nylon scrubber and rub off any caked-on grime.
 
Refrigerator
Keep your refrigerator and freezer clean to prevent odor build-up. Wipe up any spills immediately and clean both sections at least twice a year. Never use metallic scouring pads, brushes, abrasive cleaners or strong alkaline solutions on any surface. Always unplug the electrical power cord from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not wash any removable parts in a dishwasher.
 
Oven/Stove
Abrasive cleaners are hard on the exterior stainless steel finish of the stove and must be avoided. Do not use aluminum foil to line any part of the cook top. Use warm water and mild soap to clean the outside of the range. Before using Self Clean, be sure to remove the racks. Please refer to the manual for full instructions.
 
Hood Fan/Range Hood
The over the range hood fan grease filter should be cleaned frequently in hot detergent solution or placed in the dishwasher. Clean exterior surfaces with hot mild soapy water. Using abrasive and scouring agents can scratch the surface.  

Washer/Dryer
Clean the washer/dryer exterior with mild soap and water. Never use harsh, gritty or abrasive cleaners. Remove glue residue from tape or labels with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Clean the dryer lint screen after every load. Lint build-up in the screen restricts airflow, which causes longer drying times. The exterior louvers or grilles for the unit dryers must be cleaning annually.