Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen | Interior Design Tips
Are you ready to take on the challenge of deep cleaning your kitchen? It’s time to dust off those gloves, put on your favorite tunes, pull out a bag or box for trash, gather your cleaning supplies and get ready to tackle that long-overdue deep clean. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the ultimate guide to make it a breeze. Get ready to say goodbye to those stubborn stains, pesky crumbs, and sticky spills. So let’s roll up our sleeves and make your kitchen sparkle like a diamond!
Start with pantry cabinets and drawers
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First, the pantry, as it can be a major source of clutter and disorganization in the kitchen. By tackling this area first, you’ll not only make it easier to find what you need when cooking or baking, but you’ll also set the tone for the rest of the cleaning process. Take everything out and placing it on a nearby table or counter. This will allow you to see what you have and assess whether any items are expired or no longer needed.
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Next, wipe down all surfaces inside the cabinets, including shelves and the inside of the door. Use a microfiber cloth and a cleaning solution of your choice to remove any dirt, dust, or spills. Once everything is clean, it’s time to reorganize. To keep things organized, use drawer dividers and shelf liners. Consider grouping like items together, such as canned goods or baking supplies, and using baskets or bins to keep smaller items contained. Don’t forget to clean the handles and knobs, too.
Move on to the appliances
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Depending on the type of appliance, you may need different cleaning methods. For example, use a degreaser to clean the stove and oven, and a descaler for the coffee maker and kettle. Take a moment to clean the top and front of your oven, as these areas can collect dust and grease buildup. Wipe down the top ledge and the front of the oven to remove any grime and leave it looking clean and fresh. For tough stains on the stovetop, you can also try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Apply the paste to the stains and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth. Don’t overlook the knobs and buttons on your oven, stove, and other appliances – they can accumulate dirt and grime over time. Make sure to give them a thorough wipe down to restore their shine and keep them looking their best.
Don’t forget the fridge
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To deep clean your fridge, start by pulling out everything to get a good look at what you have and make it easier to clean. Use microfiber cloths to wipe down the shelves and drawers, and line the produce bins with a clean kitchen cloth or paper towel to absorb any moisture. Don’t forget to wipe out the ice cube trays, and toss or compost anything expired or spoiled. Neatly put food back in the fridge, grouping like items together. Dust the top and sides of the fridge and wipe down the front with a microfiber cloth. Eliminate clutter on the front and sides of the fridge, such as old magnets and papers. Finally, clean the area behind and under the fridge.
Clean the countertops and backsplash
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It’s important to clear off all the countertops. This will give you a chance to evaluate what you really need on the counters and what can be put away for a cleaner look. Take the opportunity to throw away any trash, recycle papers or packaging, and discard any spoiled food or broken appliances. If you have items that can be stored off the counters, put them away to reduce visual clutter and make your kitchen feel bigger and cleaner. Remember to reserve counter space for the things you use most often or that bring you joy to look at.
Use a mild cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to avoid scratching the surface. For natural stone, use a specialized cleaner that won’t damage the sealant. Remove all small appliances and decorative items to clean underneath and around them. Here are some tips,
- If you have any stains or stuck-on food on your countertops or backsplash, try using a mixture of baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently scrub with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.
- For extra shine and protection, you can apply a countertop or stone sealer to natural stone surfaces after cleaning.
- If you have a tiled backsplash, pay extra attention to the grout lines. Use a grout brush or old toothbrush to scrub the grout with a mixture of baking soda and water or a specialized grout cleaner. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth.
- To keep your countertops and backsplash looking their best, make sure to wipe up spills and messes as soon as possible to prevent staining or damage.
- Consider using a tray or basket to corral frequently-used items on the countertop, such as cooking utensils or salt and pepper shakers. This can help keep the area tidy and make cleaning easier.
Scrub the sink and faucet
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Start by emptying the drains and running the disposal, using a natural drain cleaner if necessary. Scrub the sink and drain areas with baking soda and dish soap, being careful not to use abrasive materials on metal or coated sinks. Wipe down the faucet and knobs with a clean cloth, and don’t forget to clean the dish drying rack. For a deep clean of the dishwasher, wipe down the inside and outside, and run a cycle with a cup of vinegar to freshen and deodorize. For hard water residue, consider using a dishwasher/de-scaling pod or a natural alternative. These simple steps will help keep your kitchen sparkling clean and free of unpleasant odors.
Odds and ends
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A clean and tidy kitchen is essential for a healthy and comfortable home. To finish off your kitchen cleaning, start by tossing all dirty cleaning cloths and kitchen towels in the wash. Next, don’t forget to wipe down any knobs, outlet covers, light switches, and any other easily overlooked spots. If you have pendant lights or a chandelier in the kitchen/dining area, make sure to dust and wipe them down. Similarly, give a quick wipe down to kitchen tables, chairs, and stools, which can accumulate grime and crumbs over time. Finally, sweep or vacuum the floors and then mop them thoroughly. This should leave your kitchen looking and feeling sparkling clean.
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