Kitchens tend to be the shining stars of homes. People spend a lot of time in their kitchen, creating food and memories to share with their loved ones. With so much use every day, kitchens can collect a lot of dirt and grime. Yikes! No one needs that in the place their food is prepared.
We found five expert cleaning tips to keep your kitchen sparkling clean.
1. Enzyme cleaners
Imagine this, you have deep, rich chocolate brown kitchen cabinets. They are lovely and add a flair of sophistication to your kitchen. And while they may look clean upon first glance, you catch a glimpse from another angle and realize they are coated in grease splatters! One of the easiest ways to remove grease marks is using an enzyme cleaner. They are designed to basically “digest” grease. Spray the enzyme cleaner on the surface of the cabine and let sit for 5-10 minutes. After that time, simply wipe off.
2. Remove hard water build-up with vinegar
Hard water stains and build-up can be unsightly in your kitchen. If you have crusty build-up on your faucet or around the base of it, there’s an easy way to remove it: vinegar. For this, all you need is a plastic zip-lock bag, vinegar, and a rubber band or elastic. Fill the bag with vinegar and attach to your faucet with the elastic. Let it sit overnight, then simply rinse away the grime in the morning. You can also do this around the base of the faucet by applying vinegar to the area with paper towels, letting it sit overnight, and then wiping away the next morning.
3. Caring for natural stone countertops
Natural stone countertops like granite or marble are beautiful options for kitchens, but need specific care when cleaning. Many chemicals and even vinegar can be damaging to these surfaces. If you have a natural stone kitchen countertop, look for cleaning solutions made for these materials and use a high-quality microfiber cloth to clean them. If you like the look of natural stone countertops but not the high maintenance or high price tag, quartz countertops have become a popular more durable and affordable alternative.
4. Cleaning oven spills
No one likes cleaning the inside of their oven. It’s big, clunky, and greasy. But if you let bits of food and grease build up in your oven, you will be met with an unpleasant smokey smell every time you heat up your oven. There are a few simple solutions for this. One is to use an oven liner. This is simply something you place on the bottom of your oven to catch all the spills. It’s easy to remove, wash, and then place back in your oven. It is also important to clean your oven racks regularly. These easily collect great and spills, so keeping them clean is important.
5. Fighting oil with oil
Sounds counterintuitive, right? But if you have grime building up around your stove that comes from frying food in hot grease, know that this is one of the hardest things to clean. The grease gets on surrounding surfaces, like your microwave, and then attracts dust. So you’re left with a thick layer of grease and dust. Yuck. One of the simplest ways to clean this problem area is using very hot water (so glove up!), dish soap, and a microfiber cloth. Wet the cloth and add some dish soap and get to scrubbing. If the problem still persists, apply a thin layer of mineral oil with a paper towel and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wipe with a clean paper towel. Finally, clean the remaining oil with the hot water and dish soap cloth method.
Hopefully these tips will help you keep your kitchen the shining gem that it is. There’s truly nothing better than a clean kitchen – especially if you’re trying to sell your home. If you’re on the hunt for a new home with the kitchen of your dreams, let’s make sure it’s protected. Contact us today for a homeowners insurance quote.