Your kitchen is probably one of the most
used rooms in your home. Since it’s where your food is stored and prepared
daily, it also requires the most cleaning. While your kitchen appliances require
periodic deep cleaning, the rest of your kitchen surfaces require cleaning just
about daily. It’s best to work from the top down so any food and debris that
falls will be cleaned as you work your way down. Cabinet doors are prone to dirt,
bacteria and grease, especially the ones you use most often. Most surfaces can be
wiped clean with a diluted grease cutting dish soap or laundry detergent.
For areas with tough stains try a paste made with water and baking soda. Apply
the paste to a wet towel and gently scrub the stain. An oil soaked wood
cleaner works well on wood cabinets. One of the dirtier jobs when cleaning a
kitchen is the rangehood. After cooking on the stove each time, you
just need to wipe down the exterior of the hood with a damp cloth and a
degreaser. Though, periodically you’ll need to clean the hood’s filters. The
filters remove easily and they can be soaked in warm water and a degreaser to
loosen trapped grease. Rinse the filters and shake off excess water. Then allow
them to air dry. It may be tempting to run the filters through your dishwasher,
but the grease may clog your dishwasher’s drain. Once dry, place the filters back
into position. Wipe down the backsplash from the top down. A little dish soap and
water will work for most surfaces. Choosing a product that dissolves grease
will help remove the grime that can build up behind the stove. If you have a
tile backsplash, food and grease can build up along grout lines so the grout
will need to be cleaned periodically. Choose a product specially formulated
for cleaning and brightening tile grout. Or you can mix a water, soap and baking
soda solution. A grout brush will help remove tough stains and caked on food. A
grout brush is also handy for getting in corners and tight spaces when cleaning
countertops. After preparing meals, the countertops should be cleaned and
sanitized. If you have a non-porous countertop, such as Corianor Silestone,
avoid using abrasive cleaners that can scratch the surface. Cleaning with a
towel or sponge is best. Rinse with clean water and towel dry. If you have granite
countertops, use a cleaner specially formulated for granite. Your kitchen sink can be a breeding ground for bacteria so it should be cleaned often. For most surfaces, a mild soap and a nylon sponge will be all you need, but a household
cleaner or even glass cleaner will also work. Also, sprinkling on some baking soda
can help remove odors, hard water stains and grease. Avoid using harsh chemicals
and abrasive cleaners like steel wool or wire brushes on acrylic cast iron or
granite composite sinks. These will scratch the surface. To remove odors from
your garbage disposer, periodically add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and
some ice and run the disposer. Then rinse with hot water. The baking soda will help
eliminate odors and the ice will loosen any food residue from the disposer’s
blades. Regardless of your kitchen floors surface, it should be swept or vacuumed
often to remove loose dirt. And be sure to reach under any cabinets and
appliances. For tile or vinyl flooring surfaces periodically damp mop with a
little dish soap. If you have hardwood flooring, use a wood soap.
Keeping your kitchen clean and hygienic will not only keep your kitchen looking
its best, but it will keep the food you prepare safe. For more detailed
information about this and many other projects check out the DIY projects and
ideas section of homedepot.com or talk to one of our store associates.