As we let that sunshine into our homes, it’s Spring Clean Time
Spring is nearly here and, as the days get long and the weather warms up, plenty of homeowners will want to throw open their doors and breathe new life and fresh air into their homes. If you aren’t quite ready for a new kitchen makeover why not spruce up your kitchen with a deep clean. As we let that sunshine into our homes, we can see the layers of dust and grime that has built up over winter! Spring is the time to revive our homes and give everything a good, thorough clean. But where do we start? This blog will help you manage the process of reinvigorating your home. Whilst the kitchen is the heart of the home is can also be the worst affected and the dirtiest part of your home.
We all know that heat rises, we can easily see the steam reaching the ceiling when cooking our pasta, however, did you know that that along with that heat the grease rises too? Try running your finger over the top of your cupboards and you will be met with a horrible sticky mess which dust lands on and sticks. The best tip here is to start from the top and work your way to the bottom when cleaning any room. Dust will fall to the floor so if you start with the floor and then clean other areas the floor will be a mess again when you get done. Don’t panic, here is a handy check list of how to tackle it.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the appliances and messy areas in the kitchen, gather your supplies, put your favourite album on and turn your kitchen into a spotless haven.
What you need to get started:
- Rubber gloves (optional but highly recommended
- Microfiber cloths or clean rags
- Warm water and a mild soap
- Baking soda
- Glass cleaner (or make your own by combining a 1-to-1 ratio of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle)
- Degreasing spray
- Broom or Vacuum cleaner
- Old toothbrush or another small brush for scrubbing
- Step stool
Cleaning you Kitchen cabinets and worktops
1) Take out the rubbish and recycling and wash the cans with warm soapy water. Leave them to dry.
2) Remove all products from underneath your sink and take stock. Throw away any empties or products you no longer want or use.
3) Wipe down the walls and floor and hardware of the kitchen unit and neatly return your products to where they belong.
4 )Empty cupboards of dishes and pots and pans. Don’t forget your cutlery drawers. Wipe inside with soapy water. Don’t forget to clean cutlery holders or other organisational tools that tend to get grubby.
5) If your crockery is looking less than spotless, run a load in the dishwasher before returning it all neatly to the clean cupboards.
6) Get a step stool and wipe down the tops of all kitchen cabinets. Use a degreasing product wipe the front of all cabinets and drawers, paying special attention to handles. Wipe light switches and door handles well. Wipe windowsills with a microfiber cloth. Polish your windows with glass cleaner and newspaper.
7) Next, thoroughly scrub your sink and tap. If you have stainless steel sinks or taps put a bit of baby oil on a piece of kitchen roll and wipe them down.
8) Clear everything off your worktops and wipe them with mild soapy water. Or, if you have specialty surfaces, like granite, use the appropriate cleaner for your material.
9) Clean any small appliances that live on the worktop — like the toaster, blender or coffee machine — and put them back in place.
Top Tip: There are lots of cupboard inserts that can be retro fitted to your kitchen cabinet to help make the most of your storage space and keep the contents completely organised. Why not give yourself a spring treat!
How to clean kitchen appliances
- Find the refrigerator’s coils, which are usually either behind the fridge, behind a panel below or above the front doors (pop off the cover to expose the coils themselves). Use your nozzle vacuum attachment or a long brush to remove all the dust and build up which can prevent your fridge from running efficiently and cause it to wear out faster.
- Empty all food and condiments from the fridge and throw away any expired food. Remove the fruit and veggie drawers and wash them in the sink with mild soapy water. Wipe down the shelves. Some refrigerators have removable shelves that can be placed in the dishwasher. Clean the outside including the top, doors and handles. Pay special attention to the rubber seals that tend to collect crumbs. If your fridge is stainless steel, use either a specialty cleaner or a tiny amount of oil on a clean cloth to polish away fingerprints.
- To clean the microwave, fill a glass bowl with about a cup of water and a splash of white vinegar and microwave it for three minutes until it’s boiling. The steam-clean will help soften caked-on food inside so you can wipe it away with less scrubbing. Remove the turntable and give it a wash in the sink with dish soap. Wipe down the inside, outside and handles with a grease-busting spray.
- Remove the knobs from your oven and pop them into a bath of warm soapy water to soak. Remove your hob grates(if you have a gas stove), and spray a degreaser on the range hood, hob and splashback. Scrub away all baked-on food and grease. If the soak didn’t do the entire job, scrub the oven knobs clean with an old toothbrush and pop them back on.
Top Tip: if you have a glass hob, wipe off any dirt with a degreaser and then follow that with a window cleaner spray and wipe off with kitchen roll.
- Next your dishwasher; check the filter (check your manual for its location) for any food that may have got stuck. Rinse and return the filter, then run your empty dishwasher on hot using a specialty appliance-cleaning product like Finish dishwasher cleaner.
Top Tip: If you have a disposal unit, run the tap and turn it on to grind up anything that may be inside. Then, with the blades still running, add a few ice cubes and grind them up to sharpen the blades. Finish by grinding half a lemon to freshen the whole area.
Cleaning kitchen floors
Sweep the floor or use the vacuum to remove debris. Use the crevice tool to clean in small spaces, like the gaps between the worktop and the oven or behind the fridge. Wipe down plinths with a microfiber cloth and warm soapy water. Mop or scrub the floor. Remember to work strategically from the far corner toward the door, so you can leave the room without tracking footprints across your spotless floor.
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