A gleaming kitchen: Deep clean your kitchen cupboards and oven this spring
February 20, 2020
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February 20, 2020
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the home. As the site of daily cooking, eating, and food preparation, it’s easy for your kitchen to become cluttered and less than sparkling clean.
When it comes to spring cleaning the home, the kitchen is one of the rooms that many of us dread. But, if you invest the time and effort to give everything a good deep clean, it will be well worth it!
Before you make a start on the deep clean, make the space as clear as possible. That means washing, drying and putting away any dishes, clearing countertops and removing anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen.
Many kitchens may look clean on the surface, but when you open the cupboards, it’s a different story! Shelves upon shelves of open, half used or out of date products, and maybe even the remnants of spillages splashed around.
With this in mind, if you’re spring cleaning your kitchen, the cupboards are a great place to start – think how good you’ll feel when you open up your clean, tidy and organised cupboards.
Start by taking all the food out of your kitchen cupboards and arranging it on your countertop. Check the labels and throw away anything that is out of date or inedible. Anything that’s still sealed and edible but you won’t use, put in a bag to donate.
Before you start refilling your cupboards, wipe them down with warm, soapy water or kitchen cleaner. Then put everything back in, taking care to organise as you go. Group similar items together, with the oldest at the front.
Once you’ve organised your kitchen cupboards, it’s time to tackle the fridge and freezer.
First things first, take everything out and clean the shelves and inside of the fridge and freezer. Throw out any food that is past its best or has been sitting in the freezer for months upon months and won’t get used. Then restock, keeping things as ordered and organised as possible.
When you’ve invested the time and energy to get your kitchen sparkling clean, you don’t want your oven to let you down.
Here are our top tips for cleaning your oven:
Clean the inside of your oven using a specialist oven-cleaning product. Follow the instructions on your chosen product carefully and always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
If you have a dishwasher, pop your oven shelves in for a quick and easy clean. If they don’t fit (or you don’t have a dishwasher!), fill a large plastic storage box with washing detergent and warm water, and leave the shelves in it to soak.
Don’t forget to clean the oven door. You may need to unscrew the glass panels to clean both sides. Start by removing any dried-on food with a ceramic hob scraper, followed by a good clean with a spray-on oven cleaner. Read our in-depth article with extra tips from our professional oven cleaning expert Amy Young on how to clean your oven.
Whether you’re struggling to shift tough stains, or you simply don’t have the time or inclination to clean your own oven, you might want to consider calling in a professional oven cleaner.
We spoke to Amy from Amazing Ovens, who offered us the following advice:
“Ultimately, there isn’t an easy way to clean your oven. If you want a professional oven clean, you need to hire a professional.
Once it’s been cleaned, however, there are a number of steps you can take to keep it clean. If you’re cooking with fats, for example, make sure you cover the pan, dish or oven tray and don’t open it up until it’s out of the oven to prevent the fat spitting.
You should also wipe your oven out properly after every use to keep it sparkling clean for as long as possible.”
When spring cleaning your kitchen, unblocking a clogged sink can make a world of difference.
Many people choose to call in a plumber to unblock their sink but, if you’re thinking of giving it a try yourself, here are our top tips for unclogging a sink:
If your sink is blocked by food, your first port of call should always be a plunger. Place the plunger over the drain hole, cover it with water to ensure that it’s properly sealed in, and use a pumping action to try and remove the blockage.
The next step is to try clearing the blockage with saline solution – and the good news is, you’ve probably already got what you need in your kitchen cupboards. Simply dissolve two tablespoons of salt in water and pour it down the plughole. Leave the salty solution to work for at least 40 minutes before pouring boiling water down.
If your sink still isn’t clear, mix together two teaspoons of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar. Pour the mixture down the sink and leave it for around 30-40 minutes to work its magic before rinsing with hot water.
If you’ve tried all of the above and your sink is still blocked, it might be time to consider calling in the professionals – an experienced plumber will have the tools and expertise to clear the stubborn blockage in no time at all.
The grouting between kitchen tiles can easily become dusty, dirty and discoloured. When spring cleaning your kitchen, cleaning the grout will make a huge impact on the overall look of the room.
Here are our top tips for cleaning the grout between your kitchen tiles:
Of course, spring cleaning your kitchen can be incredibly time-consuming, especially if you’re tackling greasy grouting, a dirty oven and a blocked sink! So why not call in the professionals? With their skills, tools, and expertise, your kitchen will be looking its best and performing to the highest standard in no time at all. Search for a checked and approved professional cleaning company near you today.
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