The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a house – with all food preparations, hungry kids , husband trying to find a late -night snack or pets roaming through. Heavy traffic brings a lot of dust, which sticks to the greasy walls and cabinets. No wonder the kitchen floors, walls and cupboards are the dirtiest parts of the kitchen.
Having a deep clean of the kitchen every couple of months is essential to keep it in a pristine condition.
Deep cleaning guide for kitchens
- Cleaning all shelves, starting from the top and working down – remove all stuff from the shelf, wipe it down with a damp cloth and put everything back. Do one shelf at a time to prevent the kitchen counter from overcrowding. Use all-purpose cleaner to clean the shelves and the surfaces.
- Remember to clean the top of the cabinets first and the top of fridge. These are areas where a lot of dust builds up as they are usually not cleaned on a regular basis.
- Cleaning cabinet handles and hinges – you can wipe them with a damp cloth and use a soft toothbrush to reach inside any tiny spaces. If the handles are in a very bad state you can take them off and wash them with warm water and cleaning detergent.
- Cleaning the cabinet fronts – use an appropriate detergent based on what the cabinets are made of. Basic all-purpose cleaner could be used on painted wood cabinets. Solid wood and wood veneer cabinets should be cleaned with special detergent for wooden surfaces and could be buffed to a shine at the end. Stainless steel cabinets will require appropriate stainless steel spray. Alternatively you can use a mild solution of water and white vinegar.
- Deep cleaning of the oven is required at least once a month – use special oven cleaner, gloves and allow an extra ventilation to avoid the strong smell of the oven cleaning product.
- Cleaning the creasy walls – use damp cloth with all-purpose cleaner and scrub with a sponge where necessary. Be careful not to damage the paintwork. Remember to wipe all skirting boards (try to reach all areas and move the stuff around if necessary), light switches, sockets etc. Tackle corners with a toothbrush if necessary.
- Deep cleaning the floor by using professional floor product – choose the best option for tiled, wooden or vinyl floor. Professional strip, scrub, and polish is recommended for best results and long lasting effect. Remember to remove all furniture out of the room before starting.
Cleaning the inside of the kitchen cupboards
Even if the kitchen looks perfectly at the first glance you can never tell what the situation behind the cabinet doors is. Kitchen drawers and cupboards tend to get cluttered very quickly so make sure you prevent this by keeping the clutter to a minimum.
Remove and throw away thing like expired cans of food, old take away flyers or utensils that you can’t even name. Put everything out of the cupboard, wipe down the inside of the cabinet and the inside of the door too.
Continue the procedure with the fridge and throw away any leftovers or expired food. Wipe clean any ketchup spots or crusty milk rings.
Deep cleaning of a kitchen may take few hours. Ask your regular house cleaner to help with the cleaning if you don’t have the time to do it yourself.