The kitchen is an ideal place to make memories with your family. It’s where you can teach the kids to bake muffins and invite them to participate in preparing some hearty meals.
But before you get the kids involved in any activities in the kitchen, you have to make sure that the room is free from illness-causing germs, as well as dust and dirt that can cause an allergic reaction when inhaled.
We know that deep cleaning the kitchen is a daunting chore, so we talked to John from Pristine Home and prepared this guide to help you break up the task into manageable sections, and to give you a detailed framework to start from:
Do a quick cleanup
In as short as 15 minutes, you can clear out all the mess from your kitchen countertop, floor, and cupboards. Once you clear everything, prepare warm soapy water where you can soak dirty dishes with dried-on foods, and allow the residue to dissolve before scrubbing the plates clean later.
A 15-minute cleanup will give you enough space to do the actual detail cleaning of the room later, but make sure you don’t spend more than this time putting away things in the kitchen, so you don’t feel exhausted when it’s time for the more challenging tasks.
Assemble all essential cleaning supplies
This is another important step in cleaning the kitchen. Gathering your supplies before you start cleaning helps you finish the job quicker, as you eliminate the distraction of looking for cleansers, dishcloths, and cleaning sponges every time you need to use them.
Clean light fixtures
Light fixtures need regular cleaning so it continues to illuminate the entire kitchen while using the right amount of energy. When you get rid of all the cobwebs, bugs, dust, and dirt clinging on to your light fixtures, you not only give new life to the kitchen but also increases the lifespan of your light bulbs. To remove dirt and grime from the metal part of your light fixtures, we suggest using an extendable duster or a dry microfiber cloth. Any stuck-on debris can be removed using a microfiber cloth that has been moistened with some dish soap and water.
If your fixtures have glass covers, you have to remove the glass from the dome lights so you can thoroughly clean the inside, and remove any dirt or dead bugs. While it’s possible to clean light fixtures while they are still in place, there is no substitute for unscrewing them at least twice a year to give them a more thorough cleaning. This chore usually requires the use of a ladder, so if you are concerned about fall risks, it may be worthwhile to enlist the help of professional cleaners for this challenging job.
Tackle the cleaning of your kitchen appliances
With proper care and maintenance, your kitchen appliances can last longer. But what exactly do we mean by proper care? We frequently use the refrigerator for storing cooked and raw foods, so it’s only right that you take out any expired food and condiments to prevent the spread of germs inside the appliance. You should also make sure that the oven toaster is kept clean by scrubbing any food particles stuck on the racks with soapy water.
Organize kitchen cabinets
Don’t you just hate it when cups and dishes come tumbling out when you try to pull out one sheet pan? To organize your kitchen cabinets, you need to take out all the items you keep in there and place them in your kitchen table for sorting. Once it’s emptied, start wiping the shelves using a multipurpose cleaner. The next step is to decide which items stay in the cabinet, and which ones you can store somewhere else. If you are trying to make better use of the vertical space of your cabinets, consider investing in cabinet shelves that keep dishes separate and prevent items from falling through.