Which engine do you have? I'm assuming it's the 1.6 since you said GDI. Make sure you get the clearance right on the bucket when you install the new valve, they have numbers stamped on them for their shim height so they all have to go back in same spot and the new valve may need a different bucket shim. For removing the valve seals when you redo the head, they are not easy to pop loose even with the Kia tool for them, I use a chisel on the bottom of the seal and gently tap it to try to get it to spin and then you can pull them up. Do not use anything abrasive to clean the head, just solvent and rags, aluminum is soft, I have special wheels with rubber like brushes that are safe for that as it won't remove any material. Same for the valves, clean them with solvent and soft brushes, make sure they go back in same spot with same bucket or you'll have clearance problems and a noisy top end. I recommend the Lisle tool for removing the valve springs, it's $50 and it takes minutes to pop all the valves out with it, it has a magnetic end that catches all the retainers from flying, just stuff a rag under the valves so when you push on the tool the valve stays put.