How To Deep Clean A Kitchen
Maintaining a clean and organized kitchen goes far beyond the usual action of tidying up after having a meal.
Even though passing a wet cloth and disinfecting surfaces should be the bare minimum in kitchen maintenance, you will eventually have to go beyond it and spend some time deep cleaning, that is cleaning light fixtures, the walls and even the freezer.
This guide will help you focus on deep kitchen cleaning with as little effort as possible.
Before You Start
There are a few basics you must consider before starting, and these include getting a hold of all the right materials for the task ahead, to ensure you will save as much time and energy as possible.
Make sure you have enough of the following:
• Disinfectant gel
• Surface cleaner
• Oven cleaner
• Wood or metal polisher
• Dish soap
• Warm soapy water
• Vinegar, 1 lemon (if you prefer to use natural cleaning products)
• Stainless steel polish
• Baking soda
• A step ladder
Along with these, you will need a good portion of cloths, scrubs, brushes, and brooms, all present and in good shape to reach every dark and dirty corner of your kitchen.
Remember that all the time you save by ensuring all necessary materials are present, the less time you'll spend going back and forward to grab them.
Get the appropriate materials and detergents depending on the surfaces present in your kitchen and carefully read all product instructions before you start to avoid any accidents.
We would recommend you clean the floor before anything else, as you don't want any excess dust or dirt to destroy all the hard work when you're finished.
Dishes, Glasses, Cutlery
These are items you use every day, and since you're all set to get your kitchen in perfect shape today, you should start with these.
Take them from their stowage and wash them with particular consideration for those that you rarely use due to the accumulation of odors and humidity.
Cleaning Surfaces and Cabinets
Now that you're off to a great start, there are a few basics you should take into consideration, especially when it comes to the way you move around your kitchen during the cleaning process.
Start from the upper surfaces of the kitchen cabinets to the bottom, or you will spend twice the amount of time cleaning whatever dirt, dust, or grease that you may dislodge if you go about it in the opposite way.
Now that we have covered the basics, you're ready to go:
Take everything out of your cabinets and drawers and clean those items as much as possible, ensuring they have enough time to dry before you put them back.
Apply your surface cleaner with a clean cloth to disinfect the interior of your cabinets.
Use warm (not hot) tap water and soap to clean the main surface of your cabinets.
If you have wooden kitchen cabinets, consider the use of a specific product for these materials.
Ensure the interior is dry by leaving it open for some time.
After all cabinet and drawer interiors are clean and stocked up, tackle the kitchen surfaces and tiles with warm water and detergent.
Don't Forget the Kitchen Appliances
Maintaining a properly clean kitchen will challenge your resilience and ability to go beyond in the search for excellence.
Kitchen appliances cannot be left aside, as these are used often and will accumulate several types of dirt, grease, and food.
Start by unplugging them and try to tackle the main ones in one go. The oven, stovetop and burners tend to be a time-consumer when it comes to deep cleaning your kitchen.
Start by cleaning its surfaces with an appropriate product and a humid (not wet) cloth.
Apply an oven cleaning product and give it enough time to act in its interior, as it will often take approximately
30 minutes for it to work.
It's important to keep the area ventilated during this process.
While the product is acting on the oven, focus your attention on your fridge.
Remove all stocked items for no longer than 30 minutes, and throw away anything obvious you won't use again, such as expired products.
Remove the shelves and wash them with detergent, leaving them to air dry or absorbing most of the moisture with a dry towel to speed things up. Remember, your food is still out in the open and unrefrigerated.
Now that the refrigerator is all nice and clean, the oven should be ready to be the next in line. The oven cleaner product will have acted by now, and it will make your work easier.
Remember to dry all the metal parts properly before returning them to their original place. Before you finish make sure to give the microwave, dishwasher and kitchen sink a quick scrub
After all the hard work, you're almost there, and your kitchen already looks clean again.
Even though you already cleaned the floors when you started this process, there is still one last round before it all looks perfect. Carefully vacuum the area and wash it to sparkling perfection.
Once it's all done, sit back, relax, and see how long you can go about without touching anything in your pristine-looking kitchen. Remember, regular cleaning is the key to not having to do a large deep clean too often.
A regular cleaning checklist can make sure to keep your kitchen tidy even after years of neglect. If you're not in the frame of mind to clean yourself, you can always hire professional cleaners to complete the job for you.
Well done, you! What shall we cook for dinner?
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