Did you know that your kitchen can be dirtier than your toilet seat? Yikes!
The kitchen is one of the most loved places in a home so it makes sense that germs thrive. It’s used between busy breakfasts and Thanksgiving gatherings, so it can get messier than you’d like.
No wonder so many cleaning products cater to the kitchen.
It’s important to keep a kitchen nice and pristine. Besides the obvious aesthetic of a tidy home, a clean kitchen is also more hygienic. Old food particles and lingering trash can be harmful to you and your family.
So if you’re wondering how to deep clean a kitchen, here are some tips and tricks.
Hire a Professional Cleaner
With everyone’s busy schedules, sometimes there’s no time to do the dirty work yourself. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to hire someone to come in and clean. There are so many benefits to hiring a professional cleaner, from convenience to being assured it’s as clean as can be.
Although it may seem expensive, a professional cleaner is usually a great deal. You’ll have more time to take care of more pressing errands and it’ll also give you the comfort of knowing your kitchen is in professional hands.
Professional cleaners have their own supplies, their own routine, and years of experience. You can rest assured knowing your kitchen is in good hands.
It might even be more inexpensive if it’s only your kitchen that needs to be cleaned. Contact us for a free estimate!
Deep Cleaning a Kitchen Yourself
Perhaps you aren’t interested in paying extra for a professional cleaner or you’re a cleaning enthusiast and enjoy the process. Regardless of your reason, there’s always a way to step up your cleaning game.
Let’s dive in.
How to Clean a Stovetop and Cabinets
Generally, you’ll want to clean top to bottom. That means starting with the cabinets and then down to the floor.
With the cabinets, you’ll want to clear everything out. Use a disinfectant and a cloth to wipe down the insides. If the contents of your cabinets feel messy, consider purchasing some bins to keep things organized.
For the cupboard doors, use a bowl of warm soapy water and a cloth. If the doors are made of wood, use a specialized wood cleaner.
Clean any other outer surfaces that are high up. This might mean bringing out a ladder for those harder to reach places, like shelves or a fan.
Remember to shine any greasy handles! If things get touched often, they’re a breeding ground for bacteria. Some soap and water should work great.
For the stovetop, you can use a specialized stovetop cleaner. It also depends on the type of stove you have. If it’s an older gas stove, it’ll be a little more work. You’ll have to remove the grate and give it a thorough clean.
For more modern stovetops, you can also use warm water and some mild soap. Be sure to dry it well.
How to Clean an Oven
The oven always seems to get skipped when it comes to cleaning the kitchen. If you’re doing a deep clean, you’ll need to include the oven as part of your checklist.
You’ll need a quality cleaning product. This can be store-bought or made at home with simple ingredients.
Then, you’ll have to remove everything from inside the oven. Whatever you’re cleaning product of choice is, spray it all over and let it sit for at least 20 minutes to an hour.
As that’s happening, take the oven racks outside and spray them with cleaning products as well. Let it soak for 20 minutes to an hour.
Once time passes, take a cloth or rag and wipe everything down. If there’s still crusty residue inside the oven or on the racks, get an abrasive tool and scrub it down.
Dry the racks and put them back inside the oven. There you have it, a clean oven.
Deep Clean a Kitchen Sink
Kitchen sinks are a petri dish of bacteria. The natural build-up of old food and grime can linger in the sink, leaving an unpleasant smell that can spread to the rest of your home.
So to clean your sink, make sure it’s empty. No pots, pans, or dishes. There are different types of sinks and each one has a varying level of ease when it comes to cleaning.
Generally, they all follow similar steps.
Begin with scrubbing the sink down with a sponge and baking soda. Then, sanitize the sink by plugging the drain and letting the sink soak with warm water and bleach. Use a sponge to wipe the faucet and handles, let it sit for five minutes, then drain.
For an extra layer of clean, use some good old-fashioned vinegar as a final wipe down. This will help with any tricky stains.
Deep Clean a Kitchen Floor
Finally, the floor. This catches all the crumbs and bits of food.
Here are some tips for cleaning your kitchen floor so well you could (almost) eat off it!
You should get into the habit of sweeping or vacuuming at least once a week for maximum cleanliness. For those deep clean days though, you’ll have to be a bit more aggressive.
Mix a bucket full of hot water, one cup of vinegar, and a couple of drops of dish soap. Mop thoroughly, using a scrubber to get rid of any stubborn messes. Make sure to really dig into those sneaky corners that accumulate a lot of grime.
Once you’re done mopping and it dries, do one more round of mopping with just clean water. This will really seal the deal. Once the floor is dry, that floor will be sparkling.
Looking for even more kitchen cleaning tips?
Check out the recent Redfin article we were featured in: Kitchen Cleaning 101: Experts Share Their Favorite Tips.