16 December 2021
It’s almost Christmas and for many of us that means inviting loved ones over for Christmas dinner and festivities.
If you want to get your kitchen sparkly clean beforehand or have been tasked with the dreaded after dinner clean up, were here to help.
In this comprehensive kitchen cleaning guide we’ve put together our favourite easy cleaning tips whilst answering your frequently asked cleaning related questions.
Often used as a cooking prep area it is important you keep your kitchen surfaces clean.
We’ve broken down how to below:
Simply create a solution of warm soapy water with washing up liquid and or an antibacterial multi-purpose kitchen spray and dip in and wipe down your worktops down with a cleaning cloth.
As laminate worktops can be sensitive to water, we recommend wiping down the surface after with a soft cloth after.
Similar to laminate, granite worktops can also be cleaned by creating a warm soapy solution of washing up liquid and water giving them a wipe down.
Marble worktops can be ‘delicate’, as soon as you have any accidental spillages we recommend you wipe them up straight away with a clean damp cloth.
For regular cleaning - mix a solution of warm water and a mild cleaner – always check on the back to see if can be used on marble.
Stainless Steel Worktops
Durable in design, stainless steel worktops can take a vigorous wipe down. Wash with a soapy washing liquid solution and clean cloth or sponge and buff dry with a soft or microfibre cloth.
Collecting dirt, grease and dust, kitchen cabinets need to be wiped down regularly to keep your kitchen looking fresh.
Like kitchen worktops most kitchen cabinet materials can be cleaned with a warm water and washing up liquid solution and be given thorough wipe down.
For cabinets particularly those that have a panel design including shaker style cabinets we recommend you dust your cabinets weekly with a soft cloth or standard dust to avoid any particle build up.
If you have dirt and or grease build up you may want to try something a bit stronger. Create the following solution to give your cabinets a wipe down with:
-Using a spray bottle mix 2/3 warm water with 1/3 white vinegar.
-Spray the solution directly onto a cleaning cloth ( ideally microfibre) enough for it be wet but not completely soak your cloth.
-Wipe down your cabinets from top to bottom, concentrating on any areas that has been any dirt or grease build up
-Wipe the kitchen handle.
-Once done, wipe the cabinet down with a clean dry microfibre cloth.
With many kitchens incorporating tile designs we are often asked how to clean kitchen tiles. We recommend different processes for kitchen wall and floor tiles.
Stubborn stains can appear on kitchen tiles when not cleaned regularly, particularly if you have tiles located in your oven splash back area. The steps are as follows:
-Use a specialist tile cleaner, warm water and a microfibre cloth or sponge and rub your chosen wall tile area.
-Further wipe down the area with a clean cloth and warm water to remove any residue.
-Wipe the tiles clean with a clean dry microfibre cloth to add remove any streaks and add shine.
If you have stubborn stains or grease build up you can use a scoring pad or the rough side of a sponge. We don’t recommend this however if you don’t do this if you have marble, printed or patterned tiles.
Kitchen floor tiles require more regular cleaning. The cleaning process is as follows:
-Firstly hoover your kitchen to avoid any dirt being further spread around the floor and or into the tile grout lines. If you don’t have a hoover a large brush will also do the job.
-Add your choice of kitchen floor cleaner and warm water into a mop bucket and dip in your mop.
-Run the mop over the floor in gentle even strokes, regularly dipping your mop into the water solution to remove any dirt ( you should regularly change the water to keep it clean)
-Once complete - dry your floor with a clean cloth or let it air dry.
No matter how clean your kitchen is dirty or stained grout lines can make kitchens feel tired.
To clean grout lines there are two cleaning solutions you can use;
-A specialist grout cleaner
-A baking soda and vinegar combination
To make the baking soda and vinegar solution mix baking soda with warm water to create a spreadable paste (You will need to make enough paste to cover the grout areas you wish to clean in your kitchen.)
-Apply the baking soda on your tile grout lines.
-In a spray bottle mix equal amounts of warm water and white vinegar.
-In the same grout area spray the vinegar and water mix and let it sit for let for around 5 minutes.
-Give the grout a good scrub with an old toothbrush or hard dish cleaning brush.
-Rinse with plain water and wipe down with a clean cloth.
If you don’t fancy making up your own solution, you can spray specialist grout cleaner onto your chosen area, give it good scrub with a brush and rinse and wipe clean.
(We recommend you always follow the instructions written on the bottle of your chosen cleaner)
An often forgotten step in the bathroom cleaning process, kitchen ventilation should be cleaned to ensure there is no dust or grease build up and continues to filter the air.
A few notes before you begin:
-Always check with the manufacture how and if the outer cover can be removed.
-Always clean a minimum of 2 hours after cooking to ensure no surfaces are still hot.
-Always unplug the extractor before you start your clean.
-Remove the outer cover of your cooker hood and soak it in your sink of warm soapy water.
-Wash it with a soft sponge.
-Rinse with clean plain water and gently dry with a towel or kitchen roll.
-To clean your fan filters, gently wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth.
The kitchen sink needs more than the daily soap and water that runs down it to stay sparkly clean.
Follow the steps below it keep it clean and sanitised.
-Firstly give you sink a good rinse with a blast of warm water from your tap to ensure there’s no left over food.
-Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda around the sink so that it is all covered.
-Using a hard sponge use a circular motion to scrub around the sink from the top down.
-Give your sink another rinse with warm water.
To keep your sink sanitised, after cleaning fill it with warm water and a tablespoon of bleach. Stir this into the water and left it sit for approximately 5 minutes. During this time dip a clean sponge into the water and wipe down your tap and sink top. After the 5 minutes, pull out the plug, rinse your sink with warm water and let it air dry.
Trapped food particles can make kitchen drains smelly.
This trick below can help to flush out your drain;
-Boil hot water in the kettle and mix in washing up liquid.
-Pour hot soapy water down the drain and let it sit for around 5 minutes.
-Once complete pour cold water down the drain to further rinse
-Complete the process again to ensure all food waste has been removed.
Please note the above technique is not suitable for PVC and plastic pipes. If your drain still smells you may have a more serious problem.
-Remove any items you have within your oven including racks (They can be soaked and cleaned in soapy washing up liquid solution in your kitchen sink)
-Create a cleaning paste of baking soda and water
-Wearing gloves spread the paste all over the inside of your oven.
-Let the paste sit for 12 hours ( ideally we recommend you do this over night as your oven needs to be kept off)
-Use a damp cloth to wipe off the paste.
-Ensure all the paste is removed by washing out the oven with a sponge and warm soapy solution.
Removing food splatters and funny smells form your microwave can be simply achieved with the following trick:
-Cut two lemons in half and squeeze the juice into a microwave safe bowl.
-Add water and the lemon or lime halves into the same bowl.
-Place the bowl in the microwave and turn in it on for up to 5 minutes or when you see the water boiling and the microwave window steam up.
-Let the bowl cool for 5 minutes before opening the microwave door, then remove it and wipe down the inside with a clean cloth or sponge.
To avoid nasty smells in your fridge you will need to clean it regularly.
Simply remove items in your fridge ( ideally do this before your weekly shop) and give the inside a wipe down with a clean cloth and warm soapy water.
Take out the fridge shelves, give them a soak in your sink and wash clean with washing up liquid and a sponge.
You can also keep your fridge smelling fresh by adding a kitchen freshener.
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