13 Steps To Deep Clean Your Kitchen
For most families the heart of the home is the kitchen. So much goes on there and with the constant activity, people coming and going, food being made and dishes being done, there is a lot to keep clean. It’s one room in the house that needs maintenance multiple times on a daily basis.
Waking up to a clean kitchen has become important to me and it tends to set the tone for how the rest of my day goes. If the dishes are left over from the night before it throws the whole day off and I feel like I’m behind all day long; constantly trying to catch up.
It really doesn’t take long to get the dishes done the night before and it’s so worth the effort.
Personally, when the kitchen is clean, I find it easier to focus and enjoy other projects. It’s also easier to move around and use the kitchen if I’m not having to empty the sink before I can use it.
Cleaning the kitchen, a little each day is important, but it’s also a good idea to take some time to do a deep cleaning...scrubbing everything top to bottom, at least once a year.
The way to keep a clean kitchen is to clean it throughout the day, every day. It’s far less work to do a little here and there, then if you let it accumulate ALL day…or even for a couple days. Believe me, I know from experience, it’s a huge undertaking and it’s not pretty!
Keeping the kitchen clean requires consistent habits on a daily and weekly basis, plus the occasional deep clean (such as Spring Cleaning).
The Daily Habits To Maintain A Clean Kitchen Are:
· Wipe down counters
· Empty garbage and recycle
· Clear off surfaces
The Weekly Tasks To Keep Your Kitchen Clean:
· Wipe down appliances
· Declutter and wipe out fridge
· Scrub sink
· Tidy pantry
· Clean the inside of the microwave
· Wipe down backsplash
How To Deep Clean Your Kitchen
· Step ladder
· Rubber gloves
· Hot soapy water
· Microfiber cloths
· Scrub sponges
· Counter spray
· Oven cleaning paste
Step 1-Clear The Deck
Remove all items from the countertops and out of the kitchen.
Starting at the tops of the cabinets, dust the entire kitchen from top to bottom. Don’t forget top of cabinets, fridge, door frames, and anything hanging on the walls.
Gently scrape any loose bits (use a plastic spatula) from the bottom of the oven and remove. Apply oven paste to the inside of the oven and let sit for at least 30 minutes. While that sits, go on to step 4.
Step 4-Window Covers
If you have blinds, take the time that your oven cleaning paste is sitting, to dust and wipe your blinds clean. If you have fabric curtains, launder them.
Step 5-Wash Windows and Sills
Vacuum out sill with a soft brush attached to your vacuum and wipe clean with a damp microfiber cloth. Clean glass.
Go back to step 3 and finish cleaning the oven.
Step 6-Clean Cabinets Interiors and Exteriors (uppers)
Take everything out of the cupboards (do one cupboard at a time) and wipe out the inside of the cabinets. Wipe any dirty items before placing them back in the cupboard. Once everything is back in the cupboards, wipe down the exteriors with a damp microfiber cloth. Use a toothbrush or toothpick to pick any debris out of the grooves or cracks.
Step 7-Wash Walls, Underside of Cabinets and Backsplash
Use a damp microfiber cloth or magic eraser to wipe down the walls, underside of cabinets and the backsplash. Don’t forget doors and door frames.
Step 8-Clean Small and Large Appliances
Unplug small appliances and wipe down with a damp microfibre cloth.
Step 9-Clean Fridge
Take everything out and wipe down the shelves and wash drawers in the sink with hot soapy water. Wipe interior dry before putting items back. Also wipe down items before placing back in the refrigerator.
Step 10-Clean Between and Under Large Appliances
Pull appliances out away from the walls and counters to dust and wipe down appliances. Scrub the counter and the walls behind or beside the appliances.
Step 11-Clean Cabinets Interiors and Exteriors (lowers)
Take everything out and wipe out the inside of the cabinets. Wipe any dirty items before placing them back in the cupboard. Once everything is back in the cupboards, wipe down the exteriors. Use a toothbrush or toothpick to pick any debris out of the grooves or cracks. Don’t forget to wipe the kick-board as well.
Thoroughly vacuum the entire kitchen. It will definitely need it at this time.
Step 13-Mop the Floor
Time to wash the floor. You can use a mop, but to get a really thorough cleaning, get on your hands and knees and wash with a damp microfiber cloth. While you’re down there, give the baseboards a good washing as well.
That’s it my friend! If you’ve followed these 13 steps, then your kitchen is looking sparkly clean!!
Doesn’t that feel great? Now that your kitchen is so clean it will be so much easier to keep clean if you keep up on the daily and weekly maintenance...at least until 6-12 months from now.
How often do you like to deep clean your kitchen?