Kitchens are often the heart of a home and of offices. People don’t just use kitchens to prepare meals, they also congregate and talk. If a kitchen isn’t properly cleaned, it will be one of the most noticeable things to clients. We’ve put some tips together about how best to approach the kitchen and some tips to make things easier and make the kitchen shine.
Managing Stainless Steel
Most offices and houses prefer stainless steel appliances due to it’s a strong and durable material which will help to prevent oxidation and we have to admit that looks very fancy.
These types of appliances had been very popular for quite some time. Stainless steel appliances act like a magnet for fingerprints, smudges, water spots and streaks.To manage these appliances, you will need to make sure that you have the following items:
- Two clean cloths
- Dish soap
- Warm water
Step 1: Dip a soft cloth (it can be a clean microfiber cloth) in warm water mixed with a mild dish soap detergent. Wipe the surface, rinse the cloth and wipe again, this will help to remove any type of dirt layer accumulated in the surface, after that, dry with another clean dry cloth to prevent water marks.
Step 2: Double check for marks, if you still see some, spry some glass cleaner onto a soft cloth and wipe any marks away.
Ovens are large bulky appliances which don’t usually get a deep clean, so they are usually hard to manage especially when there are years of build up in, on and around the entire unit. The best way to start is with the inside of the oven. Below are the suggested steps to cleaning an oven:
- Start with the interior of the oven. By starting with the inside, any garbage, debris that needs to be removed will not dirty the rest of the oven. This also allows an opportunity to use an oven cleaner or various degreasers and let them do their work. When the rest of the oven is complete, the grease inside should easily wipe off.
- Stove Tops: There are various stove tops, some with ceramic stove tops, some with metal coils. Each of these needs to be managed differently:
- Ceramic stove tops: There are specific products made to clean ceramic stove tops. They all have specific instructions, but they generally are sprinkled onto the surface and wiped off with a damp cloth or sponge. They are also very good at eliminating grease and burnt on food.
- Electric stove tops with coils: These stoves have several items that need to be addressed: The drip pans, the coils, and the cook surface:
- The coils are usually self cleaning because of the heat. If they are relatively clean you can give them a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and then turn the burner on high for a few minutes, this should burn off the grime. Then when they are completely clean, wipe them down again with the damp cloth.
If the coils are particularly dirty, then turn them on high for 10 minutes or so and then let them burn off as much grime as possible. Once they’ve completely cooled, remove them from the stove and gently scrub them with something like a toothbrush. Make sure that you put something down to catch all the gunk that will fall off!
- The drip pans will need to be taken out and washed as well. These can be taken out by removing the burner first. Once the drip pan is out, make sure to pick up any crumbs or debris that has fallen underneath it. Then take the drip pans and wash them in the sink with water and soap.
- The last step is the stove top. For the stove top, start with wiping it down with a damp cloth to remove any debris, and then use soapy water to get rid of the grease.
- Exterior of the oven: Make sure to pull the oven out of its place so that all sides of the oven can be cleaned. It’s important to do this as food and other items can dirty the sides. As well, this will mean the space behind the oven can be clean too! Wipe down the exterior of the oven with a damp cloth and use the appropriate chemicals based on the material of the oven itself.
- Oven drawer: Don’t forget the oven drawer. Often times debris and dust finds its way into the drawer so it’s important to open and spot clean as required
Cabinets & Drawer
For Cabinets and drawers the best way to start is at the top and work down. Empty cabinets and drawers are the easiest to clean because cleaning solutions can be sprayed directly onto the surface. If there are items, just apply the cleaning solution to the cloth being used. Make sure to wipe off all debris within the cabinets and drawers. The same solution can be used on the doors and handles of the cabinets as well (Unless the cabinet doors are glass).
Kitchen sinks can get very dirty so it’s important to make them shine. Start off with an abrasive cleaner or something like baking soda. Take time to thoroughly scrub down the entire sink and then thoroughly rinse it off.
Pay attention to the hardware as well (the tap). The hardware will need to be thoroughly wiped down. Oftentimes, dirt and grime can get behind the tap so make sure to thoroughly clean behind that as well.
To perfectly clean a fridge make sure you follow these steps:
- Take out all the food inside the fridge and place it in a counter
- Grab all the removable surfaces, like drawers and shelves inside the fridge and place it in the kitchen sink (wash them by hand with warm water and soap,air dry so it doesn’t leave water marks.
- Use one clean cloth, warm water and dish soap to wipe down the inside of the fridge, don’t forget doors and gasket. Use another clean cloth to remove any residue and dry it.
- Put back inside the removable surfaces and double check that everything is very clean.
- Clean the outside of the fridge (don’t forget to pull the fridge to clean behind it and on top of it.