When you build a kitchen that reflects your personality perfectly, you would want to do anything to keep it clean and organized and make it a place you are happy cooking in. This is all the more essential when you have different kinds of kitchen surfaces to take care of. For the sake of first impressions and hygienic cooking, you must know the proper ways to clean and take care of all your kitchen surfaces – tiles, wooden laminate, quartz or granite, glass etc – using the correct house cleaning products, tools and techniques. Here are some ways you can clean your kitchen.
1. Laminated or painted wood
To clean grease or other stains simple put a dab of dishwashing liquid on the wet sponge and scrub the surface. Work it into a foam, then wipe off any soapy residue with a wet piece of cloth and dry it with a wet towel. Dishwashing liquid is very effective for removing grease and is also ph-neutral, so it won’t affect the finish on the wood. Always use a soft piece of rag or a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the surface. To sweep away crumbs of food from the surface, use a soft brush or a microfiber cloth.
Glass becomes easily marked with dust specks and fingerprints. To clean your glass, put some dishwashing liquid, vinegar and water in a bottle and spray it on the surface. Use a soft piece of cloth to work it into foam, then wipe it away with a squeegee or a dry rag to avoid leaving behind any streaks. Crushed newspaper is also great for cleaning glass. If bits of food or dirt get into the corner, dip a cotton bud in the cleaning solution and run it along the edges to remove the dirt. If you don’t have vinegar, all-purpose multi-cleaners will also do.
How you clean your kitchen tiles depends on the kind you have. For simple porcelain or ceramic tiles, spray a solution of vinegar and water (1:1 ratio) on the tile and leave it for some time. Then wipe it away with a soft piece of cloth. For stone or painted tiles, wet a soft sponge, wring out the excess water, put a drop of dishwashing liquid on it and scrub the surface. Rinse it with a clean rag and wipe it with a dry piece of cloth. If you have any other kind of tiles or if you are not sure if you should use these methods on your tile, feel free to contact the tile manufacturer or hire a professional cleaning company to do it for you.
4. Quartz, granite and marble
Quartz countertops are easier to clean and maintain than marble or granite but all you need to clean any of them is some mild soap and water. Dishwashing liquid is ideal for this purpose since it has a neutral pH. Use a soft piece of rag to avoid scratching the surface. You can either spray the soap solution on the surface and wipe it away with a cloth or, for tougher stains, pt a dab of soap on a wet sponge and scrub the surface. Then remove the residues with a clean piece of cloth. Never use vinegar on granite or marble, it will not only remove the shine but also stain or mar the surface unpleasantly. If you want to use some other domestic cleaning product, make sure you consult the manufacture or the person who installed your counter before using it.
During kitchen cleaning, simple and inexpensive household items come very handy for cleaning most surfaces. But if you are moving into a house with damaged countertops or are not sure how to clean the materials used to build your kitchen surface, call in a cleaning service that specializes in this area.
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