Regardless if you own or rent, life in London can make it challenging to keep your space homely. Often it becomes necessary to dig in and give your home a good polish.
Holidays, ending a tenancy, or the coming of spring may have inspired you to give your kitchen the once over it deserves. Read on for 8 kitchen deep cleaning tasks you need to do now, and probably should do more often.
1. Tops and Tails
There is nothing more frustrating than undoing the work you have just done, and if you don’t clean with a plan that can easily happen. It is recommended to work from the top, the ceiling, on down to the floor so any falling dust will be cleaned as you progress.
- Dust the corners (for cobwebs) and any ceiling fans or fixtures
- Use degreasing washing liquid to clean the tops of the cupboards.
- Remove any curtains to be washed in the laundry.
- Dust any picture frames or artwork.
2. Clean the Cupboards
We often ignore the state of our cupboards, but the dust can really add up. Even more shocking may be the wayward dead bug or mouse droppings. Don’t miss this area during your kitchen deep cleaning.
- Remove the items from your cupboards and toss anything that is chipped, broken, or expired (if you have cooking storage).
- Clean the shelves with a washing liquid or kitchen cleaner and proceed to the cupboard fronts.
- Take special care to wash the hinges with degreaser and a toothbrush (considerable dust and grease build-up here). Use a hinge grease to prevent your hinges from squeaking.
- Return the items to your cabinets in like groups but exclude seasonal items or items that are used rarely.
- Find alternative storage for the excluded items.
3. Organize Your Pantry
Speaking of bugs and mice, the sure fire ways to attract them are wayward crumbs and forgotten containers of opened food. If that isn’t motivation enough the sheer peace you will feel from a tidy larder may inspire you to organize all of your wardrobes.
- Remove all of the contents.
- Check for expired, stale, or unwanted food and toss it in the bin.
- Donate nonperishable items you don’t want or will expire before you can eat them.
- Clean the cupboard shelves and walls with washing liquid.
- Put food back in the cupboard in like groups. Put the open and oldest items toward the front.
4. Tackle the Fridge
Perhaps the most unpleasant of all the kitchen deep cleaning tasks. However repulsive, it is an utmost necessity to give your fridge a good scrub to complete your clean kitchen checklist. Even if the effect only lasts a short while you will be pleased you did.
- Gut the fridge and icebox (place the frozen items in a cooler).
- Leave the freezer open to melt/loosen any built-up ice.
- Take out the produce bins and wash them in the sink.
- Toss any moldy or expired food in the bin.
- Use washing liquid to clean the shelves. Use a toothbrush to get into the cracks if needed.
- Chip away any remaining ice in the icebox and wash the shelves.
- Place the remaining food back into the fridge and icebox in like groups.
- Remove any magnets or papers from the exterior and clean with washing liquid (replace only necessary magnets and papers).
5. Your Microwave Likes It Sour
It’s important to avoid chemicals as often as possible especially when cleaning where we prepare our food. Lemon is one of the best natural cleaning agents. They are high in citric acid, have a low pH, and antibacterial properties.
- Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl of water.
- Microwave the lemon mixture for 5 minutes. The citrus will cut through the grease while leaving a fresh smell and the condensation will soften the backed on food.
- Wipe down the interior and exterior with the lemon mixture and polish.
6. Clean the Remaining Appliances
Months of cooking can not only leave splashes of food on your appliances but the grease in the very air will build upon their surfaces. This combined with layers of dust can make them look rather dingy. You will be amazed how they can sparkle again.
- Clean and/or polish the exterior of the dishwasher. You can shine any stainless steel items with organic coconut oil. Put a small dab on a high-microfiber cloth and buff.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to run the self-cleaning cycle on the oven. Wipe any remaining ash from the bottom.
- Clean and polish exterior of the oven. You can use a cotton swab or toothbrush to give special care the cracks around the window.
- Clean and polish stovetop. You can remove and dials to get a good polish.
- Clean and polish all of the small countertop appliances
7. Clean the Counter Tops
The second largest surface in your kitchen makes this an important tic on your deep cleaning checklist. Having this area clear and clean is the number one way to make a good impression to visitors. Remove any remaining clutter from the countertops and throw rubbish in the bin, getting them as clear as possible.
- Remove the countertop appliances
- Use washing liquid to scrub the counters and a toothbrush for any crevices.
- Use a soft cloth to shine granite (use glass cleaner if needed).
8. Clean the Floor Well
Finally, down to the very bottom of your kitchen deep cleaning list and the very bottom of the room. All of the remaining dust and crumbs have fallen here. And as the largest surface in your kitchen, it is the of utmost import to have it sparkling clean.
- Remove any area rugs, wash them, and any moveable furniture.
- Sweep the entire floor thoroughly.
- Spot clean any stains or sticky spots.
- Mop the floor with a heavy duty cleaner.
- Use a rag to wash the floorboards.
Finish Your Kitchen Deep Cleaning
Now you have a plan, but that’s not the hardest part. The hardest part of doing your kitchen deep cleaning is finding the time to do it. That, and making sure you actually finish the job.
So, if you are in need of a holiday, end of a tenancy, or spring cleaning but don’t have the time you may want to consider hiring in professionals.
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