So you’ve not long had a beautifully renovated new kitchen. You’re so proud of it, you cook twice as many meals as before and have guests over all the time. You meticulously plan out your cooking schedule and your recipes so that you can make the most out of your new kitchen, but have you cleaned it yet?
While it is a common thought that new kitchens don’t need cleaning very often, regardless of how new a kitchen is, if you use it regularly it is also going to need regular cleaning. Grease, stains and worse can build up over time and if you have spent a lot of time, effort and money getting your kitchen designed just the way you like it, wouldn’t it make sense to put the effort in to make sure it stays relatively spotless? Take a look at our helpful guide of cleaning your kitchen from top to bottom, to see how you can make sure your kitchen stays fresher for longer.
Getting Grease off the Ceilings and Walls
Wipe it all down! You might not pay very much attention to the ceiling and walls of your kitchen; why would you? But anyone with a paper towel can easily see that grease and dirt can build up if left unattended. A warm, soapy rag is extremely efficient at getting rid of any grease and any hard stains can also be put to rest with a scouring sponge, although try to be gentle when scouring the walls and use small circular motions so as to avoid flaking off the paint or damaging any wallpaper.
These get probably the most use out of any kitchen surface. Make sure to regularly wipe down your countertops with a warm soapy rag, attacking tougher stains with a homemade paste of vinegar and baking soda. If you have natural stone countertops, certain styles of stone may require extra care, so make sure to do your research before putting any foreign cleaning materials on the worktops. Most counters will benefit from using natural cleaners, as chemical cleaners can be aggressively harsh and abrasive.
The fridge, microwave, kettle, and dishwasher all get regular use and will all need cleaning at some point. Take a look at these top tips;
Fridge – Leave the shelves to soak overnight in washing up liquid and wipe down all surfaces while they soak. Rinse them off and thoroughly dry the shelves before replacing them
Microwave – Run it for a few minutes with a cup of vinegar in the microwave. It will make any stains on the interior far easier to wipe off.
Kettle – Boil it once with a mixture of two parts water, one part vinegar in order to reduce lime scale build up and keep your boiled water free from particles.
Dishwasher – Doing one empty run and wiping around the sealed edges of the dishwasher help to prevent food build up and clear out the dishwasher. This will help your dishwasher run for longer.
Don’t Forget the Floor!
All your hard work will be for nothing if you neglect to clean your kitchen floor. As the days and weeks go by, countless crumbs, dust particles, salt, pepper, spices, spills and other such happenings have come to litter your kitchen floor. We ignore it a lot of the time because we often have some sort of footwear on at all times, but what if you were to talk around barefoot? You would honestly gain a new level of appreciation for a clean kitchen floor.
Make sure to clean the floor last, as residue from cleaning the ceiling, walls and other surfaces will most likely drop to the floor, so there is no point in doing it first! In many cases, warm soapy water and a good scouring sponge will do the trick nicely but a fair mixture of baking soda and vinegar will often work well to scrub off any stubborn stains.
While your new kitchen may not be all that dirty to start off with, it is good to start as you mean to go on, and a cleaner kitchen requires less tending to. The longer you wait to clean your kitchen, the more work you will set yourself in the long term, so cleaning up smaller spills more regularly is often recommended. Plus, it is also a great way of keeping your kitchen smelling fresh and clean to all who visit. Start off on the right foot with your new kitchen by cleaning it regularly!
Article provided by David Haugh, experts in the supply and installation of stunning, bespoke kitchens in Kent and Sussex for over 25 years.