Housework is either your biggest nemesis or your idea of heaven and there is nothing better than getting stuck into cleaning a room from top to bottom. If there was one room that you would feel the most satisfaction of cleaning it would have to be the kitchen, due to everyday cooking and possibly the busiest room in your home and can be the perfect dumping ground for children coming in from school. Maybe you have just had a new kitchen installed and want to make sure it remains in perfect condition
so you think about finding new ways of cleaning
to keep it looking pristine.
Whatever your reason we have come up with some great ways to help with the aftercare of your kitchen from a daily clean to a full-on top to bottom spring clean. Maybe you have found your own way of cleaning and want to share with others, so pop a comment below.
Sticky Grease on Cupboard Doors –
Cooking food with oil can be the devil as grease is very prone to being a magnet not just to the pan you cooking in but also the surrounding area. The best way to cut through grease is by using Vinegar, get a damp cloth with undiluted white vinegar and it will make ease of them stubborn grease stains. You can also use hot water with some washing up liquid as this also breaks up the grease and then wipe away.
Kitchen Handles –
Kitchen handles are normally overlooked but tend to be a festering area for dirt but also germs so having a simple and easy cleaning routine will keep them clean and germ-free. Place them into your sink with hot water and a little bit of washing up liquid, allowing them to soak. Once they have soaked using a soft toothbrush gently scrub them removing all dirt. Once they are clean and all dried you can then replace them back onto the kitchen doors.
Cleaning your microwave –
Microwaves are great and perfect for quick meals and heating things but they can get just as dirty as your oven. The most tried and tested way to organically clean your microwave is using lemons, cut up a couple of Lemons and place them in a bowl of hot water and put them in the microwave on high for three or four minutes. Allow to sit for a few minutes with the door closed and repeat again by zapping them for three to four minutes. Once cooled remove the bowl and lemons and use a dry cloth leaving the inside of your microwave clean and fresh.
Cleaning your fridge quickly –
There are many tried and tested ways of cleaning your fridge but a nice and easy way is to a solution of water and distilled vinegar. Take out all food and shelves spraying the inside of the fridge leaving it to soak while you wash the shelves. Once you have allowed it soak wipe the fridge with a soft damp cloth not only will this remove dirt and germs but will also create a fresh smell. Let the fridge dry thoroughly before placing the shelves and food.
Dishwashers also need cleaning –
Dishwashers are used at least once a day in most households, full of used cooking pans, cutlery, plates and cups, so a daily rinse using white vinegar can keep your dishwasher disinfected, odour free and everything shining. Simply place a 250ml container of white vinegar into the dishwasher and setting the temperature on high and set it for a full cycle.
Cleaning a stainless-steel sink –
Your sink is one of the most used areas in your kitchen and can end up covered in dirt and grime, food and general limescale form the water. To get your sink looking like new again use Bicarbonate of Soda, simply sprinkle it on and scrub with a toothbrush. Once finish just wet and rinse leaving your sink shining once again.
Keeping your worktops like new –
Wooden worktops particularly suffer if they get wet constantly, so ensuring you dry them around the sink and drainer area, in particular, will keep them looking like new. Otherwise, wipe them down after use with hot, soapy water, use an all-purpose kitchen cleaner with added disinfectant to see off germs, dry with kitchen roll. You can remove stains with a little vinegar or lemon, but avoid tough cleaning solutions. Or use the lemon/salt combo we suggested for cleaning chopping boards (above). Re-oil your worktops regularly (aim for four times a year) to keep them in good condition.
Stainless steel worktops get covered in finger marks and light scratches. Use our trick with Barkeeper's Friend (see above) to remove scratches. For cutting down on finger marks, a dab of cooking oil rubbed across the whole of the worktop with a clean, lint-free cloth will do the job. Otherwise, warm soapy water, rinsed off and dried will make your worktops shine.
Stone and manmade worktops, whether granite or Corian, composite or laminate can simply be wiped down with hot, soapy water or an all-purpose kitchen cleaner with added disinfectant. Buff dry with a clean cloth or kitchen roll. Barkeeper's Friend will remove stains but always check with your worktop's manufacturer before using any strong kitchen cleaner on your worktop.
Kitchen unit doors –
Gloss doors are sleek and incredibly modern, with their smooth, shiny surfaces coming in a range of colours. Because of this shiny exterior, finger marks, spots and spillages show up rather easily. However, gloss doors are the easiest kitchen doors that you can clean, making them incredibly practical.
Always wash gloss doors with a gentle detergent and water. Follow this up by drying it with a soft cloth, towel or kitchen roll. You might find that soapy water will leave ugly streaks on the doors, so you should try using glass cleaning spray to remove these – vinegar diluted in water is also known to help. After applying the liquid of your choice, again dry the doors with a soft cloth which will ensure your doors remain beautifully shined.
Typically, real wood cabinet doors are finished with a layer of varnish or lacquer. This helps protect your natural wood doors from moisture, which can cause cracks and discolouration.
Use soapy water to clean your real wood doors with dishwashing liquid. Take time to dry them afterwards with a non-abrasive cloth or towel. Even though the wood has been treated to protect it from moisture, we always recommend you to take care. If any spots of grease or food are found on doors, you should clean them off as soon as you can. This is because damage can be caused by trying to remove marks after they’ve dried and hardened on the wood.
Some wooden kitchen cabinets won’t have been lathered with a layer of protection. If so, you must keep a close eye on these. We recommend you use cleaning products that have been specifically designed for wooden surfaces. If you find scratches and marks on your doors, you can easily sand them away.
Detergent is the best cleaner for painted doors. However, you don’t want anything that is too abrasive to the surface. General-purpose cleaners will freshen up painted cabinets well, however you should always check the label to ensure it is suitable for your painted doors. If you have a gloss paint finish, these will need wiping down regularly but you won’t have to worry too much about staining.
Doors with glass panels
A simple glass cleaner will keep these cabinet surfaces clean. Vinegar diluted in lots of warm water is also a great solution. The glass should be cleaned gently as you don’t want to damage its patterned surface.
Here at MAS Kuchen, our customer aftercare is one of our main key focus points that we always strive to do our best and go that extra mile to help all clients. So, passing on a few tips on how to maintain your newly installed kitchens is also a key feature for us to provide to our clients. With the news of lockdown restrictions, we hope to bring you news shortly or our showroom opening once again and we can not wait to welcome you back. We will of course open following the government safety guidelines set out to keep you (Our client) and our staff safe at all times. Call our team on 01189 432 100 for further information if you would like to speak to us about a new kitchen, bathroom or living space installation.