No matter how diligent you are, the kitchen is always one of the first places in the house to become grimy and unappealing. The challenge for every householder is to keep it clean and prevent it turning into a Petri dish for potentially harmful bacteria. A vigorous initial clean and then regular upkeep is required to maintain a sparkling finish. Follow these five steps to get you started.
1. Get somebody else to do it
Some may consider you are taking the easy way out when hiring a cleaning company to come in and do the job for you. The thing is, if your cleaning ability is what turned your kitchen into a wasteland in the first place, then hiring expert cleaners like Absolute Domestics to go over the entire room from top to bottom becomes an extremely attractive option. You know the job will be done properly, that your family are once again living in a healthy environment and that your kitchen will look better than ever when they’re done.
2. Wipe down the cabinets and benchtops
The kitchen is full of liquids that are often spilled leaving residue on every surface they come into contact with. The coffee machine sloshes its contents everywhere when it froths, and splashed water runs down the cupboard doors and under the sink during washing up. Get yourself some spray on cleaner and a cleaning cloth and wipe all of those surfaces down. Removing stains and debris improves the look of the kitchen and can also disinfect the surfaces.
3. Scour the stovetop
If you’re keen to roll up your sleeves, a good place to start is the stovetop and oven. These paired appliances attract grime and grease like crazy, and simply removing the baked-on remains of the spaghetti sauce you accidentally spilt can make the room look far more clean and orderly. Buy a heavy-duty grease remover and get ready to scrub. Elbow grease will be required, but the results will speak for themselves.
4. Clean out the refrigerator
Don’t just stop at the parts of the kitchen you can see: move on to the areas you can’t see. Open the fridge, remove anything that is out of date (or looks like it may become a science project at any moment) and then wipe down every surface. If the inside of your fridge has an odour to it, take a tray and lay some baking paper on it. Baking soda is a powerful odour absorber. Spread a box of baking soda across the tray, pop it in the fridge and close the door until the odour disappears. You can then discard the paper and baking soda.
5. Vacuum and mop
The last stages of your big clean should be to vacuum the floor, clearing any loose food, dust, pet hair and detritus before doing a second pass with a mop and bucket to remove any stains or harder-to-remove grime. You’ll be shocked how big of a difference mopping the kitchen floor makes to your room’s overall appearance. Complete these final steps and your kitchen will appear to sparkle, good as new.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to kitchen cleaning techniques: you haven’t even touched the sink, the pantry or the rangehood above the oven yet. What’s your kitchen-cleaning strategy? Do you have any home cleaning hacks to share? Let us know in the comments below.