A Glow-Up Guide Your Kitchen Deserves: A Makeover
The kitchen is the room in which you prepare your favorite dishes, meals are shared, and dishwashing occurs, so it’s no wonder that cleaning this space can feel like a daunting task.
Cluttered cabinets, a dusty refrigerator top, and an oven that smokes every time you bake are not the components of an ideal kitchen. Revive this important room in your home with a step-by-step tutorial on intensely cleaning the kitchen. You will need a bunch of cleaning materials and at least 90 minutes of time.
According to Charnell: “To make everyday maintenance easier, an occasional deep cleaning is necessary, especially in those tough-to-reach areas. With some Earth-friendly formulas and elbow grease, your entire space will shine again in no time.”
Set the mood for a productive cleaning session. Listen to music, an audiobook, or a foreign language tape. The time will pass a lot more quickly with an enjoyable atmosphere. Ready to get cleaning? Our best advice is just ahead.
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Gathering all the materials
Trying to sort through the pantry cabinet for your oven cleaner might make you frustrated enough to start decluttering the cabinet, which will take you away from a regimented way of approaching this chore. So, first, gather all of the necessary supplies:
- Dust mop (preferably with a long handle)
- Cleaning cloths
- Small bucket with handle
- Vacuum with attachment
- All-purpose cleaner, dish soap, or mild cleaner of choice
- Oven cleaner
- Shelf or cabinet liner and drawer dividers
- Broom and mop or towel
Before you start follow these general kitchen cleaning tips:
- Make sure to wear protective clothing when cleaning, particularly if you’re using chemical products
- Always read and follow the instructions on any chemical cleaning products you buy
- Keep the area you’re cleaning well ventilated by turning on the extractor fan or opening a window
- If you’re using a new cleaning product for the first time, test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure it won’t cause discolouration or damage
- Clear out the clutter and dirty dishes. This will give you room to do the actual intense cleaning projects. Do not worry about cleaning the floors yet.
Start with your kitchen walls
Dust the ceiling and corners of walls; you will need a dust mop to reach the high spots. Determine if the walls need to be washed in dirty spots. Spot wash and don’t forget air vents, doorknobs, doors, and switch plates. Walls will likely need to be washed more often in this room than in others. You may not have noticed that the hand mixer or blender sloshed goop all over the wall; clean the grease, grime, and spilled food from your walls.
It’s important to remove dust
Be careful when cleaning framed art and photographs. Never spray cleanser or water onto the frame. The liquid can seep behind the glass and damage the pictures. Instead, lightly wet a clean cloth to wipe the frame and glass.
Do not forget to dust off the ceiling fan. You may need to use a gentle cleanser. Remove any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing.
Time to clean up your oven and fridge
The oven is prone to baked-on messes and burnt remnants of meals gone by. That’s why it’s important to scrub this appliance every few weeks and to be sure that it gets a deep clean immediately after spills happen. See our easy tips for cleaning your oven:
- In a bowl, mix bicarbonate of soda with water to make a paste
- Coat the inside of your oven with the paste and leave overnight
- Once the mixture has dried, use a spray bottle to spritz the bicarbonate of soda with white vinegar
- Leave for a further four hours
- Scrub thoroughly with a scrubbing brush or textured sponge
One of the biggest projects to tackle during your kitchen deep clean is the refrigerator. As a home to perishable foods, it’s often prone to spills, leaks, and rings left behind from containers.
Charnell added, “For a serious clean, we recommend removing everything inside and giving the bins a good soak with baking soda and water. For a stainless-steel exterior, mix one-parts vinegar to two-parts water and wipe down with a microfiber cloth.”
To make it easy, follow these steps:
- Remove everything from the fridge before cleaning it – shelves, trays and attachments that can be taken out
- Soak these items in a food-friendly antibacterial cleaner, then rinse them under the tap
- Spray the interior of the fridge with the disinfectant and leave for as long as instructed
- Wipe clean using a damp cloth
- Return the parts of the fridge you cleaned earlier and leave a cup full of bicarbonate of soda in the fridge for a day or two to absorb any strong leftover food odors
Reorganizing your kitchen cabinets and drawers
All you need to give your kitchen cabinets a serious deep clean and organization. Line the cabinets if needed. Remove mismatched lids and bowls. Take out anything that is not being used on a regular basis. Reorganize and wash down the inside and outside of cabinets. Mix together washing up liquid and warm water, then use the solution to clean the cabinets, inside and out, using a clean, soft cloth. Wipe down and clean out any drawers. Organize your flatware. This is a great time to install drawer dividers to better organize your kitchen drawers. If your cabinet doors are greasy, wipe them down with a solution of one-part vinegar to two parts water.
Clean and grease free stove
Grease, grime, and dirt are just par for the course in most homes and keeping things clean takes skill and planning. In your kitchen, all that greasy build-up can be tough to handle and could even cause health problems. Whether you’ve been putting it off for a while or you’re just looking for quick and easy ways to clean your stovetop, we’ve found the best ways to degrease the stovetop, read more below:
- Lift off the gas rings and place them in a mixture of detergent and warm water
- Rub with a clean cloth to remove dirt. For tougher areas an old toothbrush works well
- If your burners can be detached, remove those and clean them using a specialised hob spray and a sponge or small scrubbing brush. Avoid using water as this can saturate the burners and prevent them from working
- Wipe the burners with a damp cloth to remove any excess cleaner
- Coat the hob in a cream cleaner and leave for 10 minutes or as directed
- Scrub with a soft cloth or sponge to remove any dirt and stains, then wipe with a clean damp cloth
Of course, never forget your extractor fan! We have some tips on how you can clean it easily:
- If you have carbon or paper filters in your extractor fan, these will need to be replaced rather than cleaned
- If you have a metal mesh filter, remove this from the cooker hood, place it in hot, soapy water with a mugful of white vinegar and leave it to soak overnight
- Wipe down the filter to remove any lingering grease
- For stainless steel surfaces around the mesh filter, make a paste using bicarbonate of soda and water
- Apply this to the extractor hood and scrub with a toothbrush
- Wipe down the hood with a clean damp cloth then replace the filter
Cleaning your countertop and sink
Run the dishwasher empty. Try adding vinegar or baking soda to the empty dishwasher before running it. If your dishwasher has a food trap in the bottom, clean it out. Wash down the outside of the dishwasher.
Wash the countertops in your kitchen and the skin. Do not forget the backsplashes. You might think a spot where regular washing occurs wouldn’t need such a heavy cleaning, but food scraps and grime can leave your kitchen sink looking anything but new. Clean the sink itself with baking soda and lime. For the disposal, try a vinegar-soaked loaf of bread stuffed in the canister. We recommend letting it sit for 15 minutes, then turning on the disposal and flushing it with cold water before following up with frozen citrus rinds.
Kitchen appliances needs to be cleaned
Unplug all appliances first. Wipe and clean the toaster, blender, microwave, and other small appliances. If the spills in the microwave are fossilized, bring a water-filled cup to boiling in the microwave. The steam should help loosen the gunk. If the microwave smells, boil lemon juice in the microwave. Do not forget to clean the turntable.
How to deep clean your kitchen floor?
Sweep and mop the floors. Do not forget the baseboards. We recommend cleaning easily dirtied surfaces weekly. The cleaning techniques you use will depend on the material of your floors.
For hardwood kitchen floors:
- First of all, hoover the floor to make sure there’s no debris
- Choose a specific wood cleaning product and dilute it following the directions provided
- Saturate a rag mop or sponge in the mixture and then wring it so that it is only damp
- Mop the floor, being careful not to leave any puddles of the solution
- Only rinse the floor if the cleaning product requires it
- Wipe up any excess liquid so as not to damage the floor
For vinyl linoleum floors:
- First of all, hoover the floor to make sure there’s no debris
- Mix a cupful of white vinegar with a tablespoon of washing up liquid in a large bucket
- Use a mop with nylon scrub bristles and the cleaning mixture to scrub the floor
- Empty the bucket and then fill it again using warm water
- Wring out the mop and use it to rinse the floor
- Wring out the mop again and use it to soak up any excess water
- Use a little jojoba oil or WD-40 on a soft cloth to buff away any scuff marks
Lastly, for tiled floors:
- Hoover the floor to make sure it’s clear of any debris
- Lightly spritz the floor using white vinegar
- Mop the floor using a damp mop
- If stains persist, particularly in the grouting, use a steam cleaner
Remember that decluttering your kitchen, on the counters, inside cabinets, and your fridge and pantry interiors, makes a huge difference in the feel of your kitchen and how clean and organized you and your household are able to keep it. Cleaning the kitchen isn’t easy, if you need a professional cleaner to help you, Our atlanta cleaning service professionals can help keep your home or office clean at all times. Contact us to get a free quote today on your budget range.