HOW TO CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN

Presented by Cabinets To Go

Whether you're a homeowner, flipper or contractor, knowing how to clean a kitchen is a part of your workload every day. From the constant stream of meals being made or the sawdust from your latest renovation, the kitchen is the command center of your home and warrants the ultimate cleaning job. Keep up with your household duties by using this Cabinets To Go Kitchen cleaning guide.

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How to Maintain and Clean Kitchen Cabinets

Step 1

For simple daily cleaning, create a mixture of either baking soda and water or vinegar and water and use it as a wash for the exterior of your kitchen cabinets. If you clean less frequently, you'll need a more heavy-duty solution, commercial wood cleaners are typically preferred for tougher stains and will ensure a thorough cleansing effect.

1 GALLON WARM WATER

1/4 CUP VINEGAR

Step 2

Apply the cleaner to the exterior of your kitchen cabinets with a soft cloth, taking care to finely work the wood finish. Scrub all areas, including the cracks and crevices that you usually don't get to on a daily basis. This is where most dirt builds up.

Step 3

Be sure to clean the inside of your cabinets every few months. First, empty the contents of each cabinet. Next, use a vacuum to suck up any loose dirt or debris that may be stuck inside. After you do that, take a damp cloth with warm water and your cleaner, and wipe down each shelf, making sure to scrub the places you don't usually see.

Step 4

As for the contents of the cabinets, a thorough cleaning job involves washing all of your dishes in the dishwasher and wiping down your containers with warm water. Before placing items back in the cabinets, leave the doors open and allow the cabinets to fully dry. This time can be spent throwing out any broken dishes or expired foods.

Pro Tip: When cleaning kitchen cabinets, it's important to note that using detergents and steel wool could do serious damage to the wood finish. Additionally, using any cleaner with silicone could potentially collect more dust, as it leaves behind a waxy residue on most kitchen cabinets.

Your cleaning duties in your kitchen extend far beyond dusting, sudsing and maintaining the integrity ofyour cabinets. If you've ever wondered how to better clean your oven, stove range, refrigerator, microwave, counters, grout, floor and table, read on to discover Cabinets To Go dos and don'ts of how to clean your kitchen.

The DOs AND DON'Ts OF HOW TO CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN

How to Clean Kitchen Counters

Dos

  • Wipe off surface dirt, crumbs, and dust with a moist sponge or soft cloth.

  • Use a sponge to moisten the surface, apply warm water and dish soap to stains, and scrub after letting it sit for a few minutes. Then dry with a soft cloth.

  • Use a moist cloth to rub baking soda over stubborn stains and/or dried food and wipe clean with another cloth.

  • Apply disinfectant after cleaning your counter.

Don'ts

  • Use acidic-based products on granite or Formica countertops, as they could cause damage.

  • Apply steel wool to stainless steel or laminate countertops, since it will scratch the surface.

  • Use vegetable oil on your counter since it will spoil over time and become rancid.

  • Use vinegar when cleaning Formica or granite countertops, as it could damage the finish.

How to Clean AN OVEN

Dos

  • For all types of ovens, remove racks before cleaning.

  • Sweep out leftover ash and dirt with a brush and wipe down with a cloth prior to cleaning the oven.

  • Scrub the interior and exterior thoroughly with steel wool or a pumice stick and oven cleaning solution.

  • Wipe the racks with a cloth of hot water and baking soda solution.

Don'ts

  • Use any products with harsh chemicals that may cause damage to you and/or others around you.

  • Forget to unplug your oven before starting to work inside.

  • Use baking soda as a substitute to clean oven glass. Instead, use a glass cleaner.

  • Use ammonia-based products unless you want your kitchen to smell like chemicals for a couple days.

How to Clean A STOVE RANGE

Dos

  • Disconnect electricity and/or turn off gas before cleaning

  • Remove components of stove first, place them in a garbage bag filled with a gallon of ammonia, and let it sit for 24 hours.

  • Get a commercial cleaner, apply and let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub stove with a sponge, drying with a soft cloth.

  • Remove the components from the garbage bag, wipe with a sponge, and reassemble.

Don'ts

  • Use your bare hands when dealing with ammonia. Always use gloves when placing and removing stove components in solution.

  • Mix ammonia with chlorine bleach.

  • Use cleaner without reading the label first.

  • Forget to connect your gas line and plug stove back in before moving it back

How to Clean A Refrigerator

Dos

  • Use vinegar mixed with baking soda and warm water when making your own cleaning solution. Baking soda acts as a deodorizer and is naturally abrasive, while vinegar gets rid of your fridge of grease and dirt.

  • Wipe up spills immediately after they happen.

  • Mix bleach with non-ammonia liquid laundry detergent and warm water for heavy duty cleaning.

  • Go over the insides with water to rinse the cleaning solution off your gaskets and plastic.

Don'ts

  • Mix vinegar and bleach. Chlorine bleach can produce toxic vapors when mixed with other chemicals.

  • Wait to clean up spills. Once they dry, they will be much harder to clean.

  • Forget to wipe the bottoms of food jars and containers. Drips from these items often leave a residue that collects dirt.

  • Start cleaning from the bottom. Loose debris can fall as you work your way up, forcing you to re-clean certain spots.

How to Clean A MICROWAVE

Dos

  • Remove the revolving tray first. Food and crumbs can often get trapped beneath it, so be sure to take it out and wash with warm water and dish soap.

  • Wipe away stray crumbs with a wet paper towel or damp rag first. These only get in the way when trying to clean.

  • Use steel wool or scouring sponge to scrape off food that won't easily wipe away.

  • Deodorize your microwave by placing two teaspoons vinegar and two teaspoons lemon juice in a cup of water and microwaving it on high for five minutes.

Don'ts

  • Forget to thoroughly dry the revolving tray with a dishtowel or paper towel before placing back in the microwave.

  • Knock crumbs onto floor. Place a dustpan in front of the microwave and sweep the crumbs into it before discarding into trashcan.

  • Use a knife or any other sharp utensil to scrape food off of the surface. This can leave scratches on your microwave.

  • Let food spills and crumbs sit over time. If you wipe out your microwave with a cleaner or vinegar solution each time you use it, you can avoid heavy cleaning in the future.

How to Clean GROUT

Dos

  • Wash the area with a damp washcloth before cleaning.

  • Get oxygen bleach powder, mix it with warm water and apply it to the grout. Scrub it off with a toothbrush so as not to damage the surface.

  • Spray grout with peroxide or vinegar a couple times a week to prevent mold from forming and apply grout sealer at least once a year.

  • Install an exhaust fan, which takes moisture out of the air and causes less mold and mildew.

Don'ts

  • Scrub solution off immediately after applying. The longer you wait the less work you'll have to do, so let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

  • Use steel wool or other abrasive scrubbing tool, since it will damage the finish on the tile. Instead, use a toothbrush or soft cloth.

  • Use ammonia-based cleaner, as it could discolor your tiles over time.

  • Just use soap and water, since it will only do minimal work in getting a stain out.

How to Clean THE KITCHEN FLOOR

Dos

  • Always begin by sweeping floors with a broom and dustpan to remove surface crumbs.

  • Use mild dish detergent to clean vinyl and ceramic tile, white vinegar to clean wood laminate, and hardwood floor cleaner to clean hardwood.

  • Clean up spills immediately.

  • Remove sticky food from floors with a medium-duty cleaning pad.

Don'ts

  • Forget to sweep underneath appliances and furniture. Dust and debris often get trapped beneath these objects.

  • Use water on a hardwood floor. This can discolor and damage the wood, making for a very expensive fix.

  • Let spills sit, especially on vinyl. Although vinyl is easy to clean and maintain, allowing a stain to sit and dry could render it permanent.

  • Use a wire-scouring pad on any flooring.

How to Clean THE KITCHEN TABLE

Dos

  • Use a wet washcloth to wipe down the table thoroughly.

  • Use an old toothbrush or q-tips to clean cracks in the table. These are prime areas for dirt and crumbs to get trapped.

  • Disinfect kitchen tables with diluted bleach or disinfecting wipes.

  • Use a polish on wood tables. This will make it shine as well as make it easier to clean in the future.

Don'ts

  • Place any objects on the table before it's completely dry.

  • Use knives or sharp objects to poke crumbs out of cracks. This can end up leaving scratches.

  • Use pure bleach or anything harsher than soap on wood tables.

  • Forget to polish wood tables once every couple of weeks to keep them looking their best.

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