Make Your Kitchen Shine

Of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen is the likely the most used.  With all the traffic, the kitchen is also the room most likely to get the dirties the fastest. Think of it, keeping the kitchen clean is a daily task. On top of the everyday cleaning are the ongoing task of keeping the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry organized and maintained, and keeping the appliances clean and in good working order. Today the Signature Maids share their tips on deep cleaning your kitchen and making it shine. Here’s how!

Stainless Steel

While colorful appliances are making a comeback in kitchen design, stainless steel is still the most popular choice for kitchen appliances. Stainless steel looks great, but can pose a challenge when cleaning. You can choose your favorite stainless steel cleaner to get the job done by simply spraying it on and wiping it off with a clean cloth or sponge.  A cleaner with a neutral pH is key, as acidic cleaners can dull the shine. Of course, this means regular soap is the ideal cleaner for stainless steel, simply add a few drops of your favorite pH neutral soap to spray bottle with water and get cleaning.

The Refrigerator

If you have stainless steel in your kitchen, the outside has already been covered, so let’s get inside and get the fridge clean. Small food particles not only get on the shelves and into crevices, but also can float to the top and create a gunky mess up top. To thoroughly clean your refrigerator, you’ll need to remove all the food (placing it into coolers during the cleaning process), toss out anything old or expired, and begin cleaning the shelves, drawers, and doors. Often it is easiest and most effective to wash removable shelving and drawers in your sink. Wipe down all the remaining surfaces and return clean drawers and shelves, before returning and organizing your food.

The Oven

One of the easiest ways to keep your oven clean is to clean up spills when they happen. If you haven’t done so, most ovens have a self-cleaning option which comes in quite handy. Of course, if you have a sticky spill, adding salt quickly, will allow you to wipe it away with a moist cloth.

The Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets often seem to be magnets for grease, condensation from cooking, food spatters, fingerprints, and all sorts of grime. Depending on what your cabinets are made from, you’ll want to choose the appropriate cleaner. Oil soap wood cleaner for wood, or your favorite dish detergent and water for other surfaces. Simply spray on and wipe them well, inside and out.

The Sink

Home to hand washing, dirty dishes, and more, the sink attracts dirt, grime, and germs in abundance. This means it should be cleaned after every use. Using your favorite anti-bacterial soap and water is a great way to sanitize the sink after its used. Your sink’s surface will determine what specialty cleaner you need, so before you apply abrasives, be sure your cleaning product is safe and won’t damage your sink.

Get the Kitchen Clean Fast!

While deep cleaning has its place, there are times when you need your kitchen cleaned fast, like when your mother-in-law just announced she’s arriving for a visit! Gather up your cleaning tools and products and get ready to clean quickly. Start by cleaning up any dishes lying around, either by washing them in the sink or loading them into the dishwasher. Clear off countertops and put everything in its place. Now, with everything put away, you can easily wipe down all the surfaces, including appliances and countertops. Sweep the floor, vacuum, or mop and you are ready for your guests to arrive!

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