Every now and again, whether it be at home or at the office, the kitchen space needs a deep clean and declutter. Areas for food preparation can build up a dirty greasy layer over time, which requires a deeper clean than just the daily wipe over of the hob. Cupboards and fridges become cluttered, especially if there are multiple people sharing these spaces in an office.
So what is the best and most efficient way to organise a kitchen deep clean?
Start with a list of what you require and have it all to hand.
- Oven Cleaner
- Antibacterial kitchen surface cleaner
- Washing up liquid
- Floor cleaner
- Sink drain cleaner
- Window and glass cleaner
- Stainless steel polish
- Limescale remover
- Cloths, wire wool, kitchen roll, scourers etc
- Mop and bucket
Where to Start
Start from the insides and work out. Whether it be the cupboards you empty and declutter first, or the appliances like oven and hob, working your way through those ‘interiors’ will mean you don’t end up needing to double back and re-clean exterior surfaces when you empty out dusty grimy cupboards, for example.
The oven will take some attention, and don’t forget hob and extractor fan, too. Keep the kitchen ventilated while using oven cleaning products, wear gloves and follow the instructions on the cleaner. Remove shelves and hob plates etc, which can be scrubbed in the sink. Oven cleaner might need leaving for a while to foam and do its job, so move onto another appliance like the fridge.
With the fridge, you can remove all the shelving and wash in hot soapy water, and wipe down the rest with an antibacterial spray.
Small appliances not to forget are the microwave, kettle and toaster. The kettle may need treatment with limescale remover if you are in a hard water area.
Remove the microwave plate and give that a good clean, and wipe down the interior.
If your appliances are stainless steel, you could use a stainless steel cleaner, but alternatively there are lots of suggestions out there that cleaning with a pure cotton cloth and small amount of washing liquid and polishing with a couple of drops of olive oil, can be just as good.
So, you’ve cleared out the cupboards and the appliances are gleaming.
The final touches are a good cleanse of the surfaces and sink, and mopping the floors.
The sink may need a clean with some diluted bleach, or for a more natural approach, use baking soda and warm water. If the sink is slow to drain, consider using a drain cleaner product.
For surfaces, remember both worktops and the tiles/splashbacks behind.
Lastly, the floors. Hoover or sweep followed by a mop with floor cleaner product and for best results go over with a towel to get a good shine.
Deep cleaning the kitchen isn’t a small undertaking, but if you keep up the daily maintenance, it shouldn’t need doing too often.