The kitchen of your home is the beating heart of your home. No matter whether you are single or a young family with kids, your kitchen will be the location of some activity. You will need to clean your kitchen daily only if there are oil spills on the countertops or other ‘stuff happens’ as they tend to do. But also, you’ll need to deep clean your kitchen about once every six months. Perhaps you can schedule these deep cleaning routines to align with the changing of the seasons — you might want to give your kitchen a do-over before summer approaches when you might want to invite guests over for entertaining. Or, you might want to clean your kitchen before leaving on a long vacation trip.
No matter what is the style of your kitchen, keeping it clean will ensure longer life of the expensive equipment, countertops, backsplash, and the flooring.
You’ll need to carve out a weekend morning or afternoon for this task which is probably not very exciting on the face of it but a clean looking kitchen at the end of the effort will give you a sense of accomplishment. Your kitchen cleaning efforts will also burn some calories.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips: Deep Cleaning Costs
If you hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean your kitchen, obviously it will cost depending on your location. But if you are a busy professional who is always pinched for time, you should go for it. Certainly, it’s going to be thousands of dollars less expensive than going for new flooring or new kitchen cabinets or new kitchen countertops. If you think you might use cleaning materials like ammonia which should be handled carefully, then better to hire professionals than risking inhaling ammonia fume.
But DIYing will definitely give you more ‘joy.’
How to Deep Clean Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are prone to getting stained and greased and the cabinet materials will look dirty over time if you use your kitchen regularly. This is inevitable. For thoroughly cleaning your kitchen cabinets, you will need some detergent, a cleaning cloth, a small brush with soft bristles, vinegar, some baking powder, a bottle with a sprayer and a commercial general purpose cleaning liquid that you can order from Amazon or buy at Home Depot or your neighborhood hardware store.
Wood cabinets can be cleaned with a detergent and water mix or you could opt for vinegar if you lack a liquid detergent. The hardest stains on your wood kitchen cabinets will require the use of baking soda which you can add to water to make a paste and then apply to particularly hard to remove stains.
Wipe off the cabinets with a soft, clean wet cloth followed by another clean dry cloth. Don’t leave moisture on the cabinets as that will damage the wood.
The same cleaning process will work with painted and metal cabinets and they don’t require as much TLC as wood cabinets.
How to Deep Clean Kitchen Sink
When it comes to deep cleaning your kitchen sink, it is obviously more than just opening the faucet and let the flowing water clean the sink. You’ll need to use materials such as kitchen cleaning liquid, liquid dishwashing soap, vinegar and baking soda along with an old toothbrush and a soft sponge.
Spread the baking soda over the surface of the kitchen sink and spread it around and then rinse it thoroughly.
Also, take some paper towels, soak them in vinegar and place the towels over the lining of the sink. Take the towels out after 20 minutes and rinse with warm water and detergent mix.
Don’t forget to wipe the faucet and handles. You can use that old toothbrush dipped in a detergent solution to clean hard-to-reach areas. Finally, rinse the sink again with clear water and wipe it with a clean, dry cloth.
Your sink should shine now!
Don’t forget to open your faucet to let the water run down your kitchen a few times daily so that any food scraps go down the drain.
How to Deep Clean Kitchen Floors
You probably do a light cleaning of your kitchen floors every day to take care of any food or oil spills. If you have kids or dogs, you probably have more spills on the floor that require more cleaning.
However, even with a daily cleaning routine, you should go for deep cleaning of your kitchen floors to remove odors and food stuck in cracks.
Your flooring material is a factor to consider as well in determining how much care and effort you need to put into keeping your floors clean.
Hardwood floors are expensive compared to tile but otherwise, both are about equal in terms of the effort it takes to ensure they have a long life and look good. Wood and water obviously don’t go well together; hence, any water spills need to be mopped quickly if you have got hardwood flooring.
For tile flooring, you can add half a cup of vinegar to a bucket of water and the mop the floor with this solution. Use water and dish detergent mix to wipe the floor to remove hard grease.
If you have natural stone flooring, acidic substances like vinegar will damage the flooring. So, you’ll need to use pH neutral liquid.
But the above kitchen cleaning tips will generally work for laminate or vinyl flooring as well.
How to Deep Clean Refrigerator
Your kitchen refrigerator takes a lot of beating with food leftovers, spills, odors, etc. It’s easy to check the refrigerator once a week for expired food and throw them away. But a thorough cleaning is more than that and you should go for deep cleaning your refrigerator even if there are no unbearable odors coming out of it when you open its doors.
Ideally, any food spills should be cleaned there and then. The refrigerator doors and edges, as well as the top, should be cleaned more than once per month. But deep cleaning will involve cleaning door seals as well apart from removing fingerprints from the door handles. Use warm water and dishwashing liquid mix for this. Wipe the refrigerator surfaces with a clean and dry cloth afterward.
Turn off the power to the refrigerator before you empty the refrigerator entirely. Wait for cold shelves and drawers to come to room temperature before washing them.
You can clean the refrigerator interiors after removing the shelves using a baking soda and warm water mix. Wipe the interior surfaces with this mix, then rinse with a wet cloth and dry with a clean towel. For stubborn grease or food residue, apply the baking soda solution to the hardened residue, wait for 10 minutes or so or until the grime starts to soften and then rinse and dry.
The shelves are also to be cleaned the same way in the kitchen sink. Don’t wash them in the dishwasher.
How to Deep Clean Dishwasher
Although the dishwasher is for making dishes clean, it can itself be a source of dirt and odor. Since food can accumulate inside the dishwasher, it’s important to keep the dishwasher clean to keep it odor free as well as for health and hygiene reasons.
You can use bleach to clean tough stains from inside your dishwasher. However, bleach is not to be used with dishwashers having stainless steel interiors.
If you opt for bleach, empty your dishwasher, place a cup of liquid bleach in the top rack and run your dishwasher on the hottest setting.
You can use a vinegar and baking soda mix to clean your dishwasher as well. Just add half a cup of baking soda to a cup of vinegar and put it in the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on heavy cleaning mode. Empty your dishwasher first and remove the filter and wash that separately in the kitchen sink.
You can get even more thorough by cleaning the dishwasher interior manually and cleaning the filter manually. Use warm water and soap mix, vinegar and baking soda as needed.
How to Deep Clean Kitchen Tile & Grout
If you have tile flooring and tile backsplash, you will need to make sure the tile and grout are clean so that the materials possess their pristine look. When your grout is light colored, it is especially important to remove stains and discoloration. You can use a baking soda and water solution to clean your grout. Make a paste and apply it to the dirty grout. Let it sit for a while and then scrub your grout clean with an old toothbrush.
Finally, wash the paste with warm water. You’ll need to apply a sealer to the grout after cleaning. Better to hire professionals to do grout cleaning. The cost for this will vary depending on your locality. You can make inquiries online about professional kitchen cleaning service providers in your area to get a sense of the cost which is likely to be in hundreds of dollars for cleaning tile and grout.
Your kitchen requires both daily cleaning and a seasonal deep cleaning so that you have a hygienic and clean kitchen. This is especially true if you have kids and pets.
Keeping a clean kitchen will not only bring joy to you but also gives you the confidence to bring friends over to your house and invite them to your kitchen.
A clean kitchen will be one without roaches and rodents and the kitchen materials and equipment will be with you for the long haul when you take care of them. If implemented well, these kitchen cleaning tips will add a lot of value to your home too if you decide to sell your house.