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Kitchen Deep Cleaning Guide

By Luke Armstrong

Deep cleaning or spring cleaning your kitchen is going to be a tedious and back breaking job, it is likely to take more than two hours of your time and almost all of your energy, but once you have completed it and know that your kitchen is completely clean, you will feel much better.
Cleaning ToolsThe trick to getting everything done and in a decent time is to carefully plan what you are going to do and in what order.  This guide is designed to help you to thoroughly plan, whilst also giving you some useful tips along the way.

• The first thing you need to do is spend 15 minutes having a general tidy.  This involves de-cluttering work surfaces, washing up and putting away any plates, dishes, cutlery and cups and basically giving yourself space to clean. This should not take you any longer than 15 minutes, you are not looking to clean here so avoid wiping surfaces or doing the floors, this will come later.

Dust the ceiling to remove any dust that has accumulated.  While you are cleaning the ceiling, dust and clean all light fixtures and any ceiling fans that you may have.

Wash the walls and the tiles of the room to clean off any food spillages or dirt.  Pay particular attention to any air vents and light or extractor fan switches.

Wipe over the doors, including all door frames, door knobs and any windows.

• Put some oven cleaner in your oven. Leave it to settle for at least half an hour (or whatever it states on the bottle of the cleaner) while you do some other jobs.

Clean out your refrigerator and freezer.  Remove everything and discard any out of date food, clean the exterior and interior while it is empty and then re-stock the food.

Run the dishwasher while it is empty to clean it, try adding vinegar or baking soda to clean the elements.

• Once the oven cleaner has been applied for at least 30 minutes it should be much easier to clean.  Wipe out the oven and make sure you have removed any food spillages.  Remove all knobs, shelving, burners and anything else that is designed to be removed from your stove and oven and clean them all before replacing them onto and into your clean cooker.

Clean the smaller appliances in your home, such as the kettle, toaster, tea and coffee holders etc. Avoid just cleaning the outside, your perfectly spotless kitchen won’t stay that way if your ‘clean’ toaster keeps leaving crumbs on the side, and the cleaner your kitchen is now, the longer it will stay clean for.

Clean the microwave, try heating a cup of water to steam the microwave to loosen the food or dirt and make it easier to clean.

Clean your kitchen cabinets.  Remove everything first and sort through your food, throw out anything that is out of date.  Wipe all the shelving inside of the cupboard, including the inside walls and ceiling.  Re-stock your cupboard and clean the cupboard doors and door handles.

Clean all counter tops and work surfaces with a strong detergent to remove any bacteria that may be breeding there.

• Empty each of your drawers, de-clutter and remove anything that you don’t need or use.  Clean the inside, the outside and the handle of the draw.

Wash the sink, taps and draining board with a stainless steel cleaner.

Clean the floors with a suitable cleaner.  Ensure you pull out the fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dish washer and any other appliance you may have, and thoroughly clean the floor underneath it.

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