After a kitchen remodeling project, you want to make sure that you protect your investment. A great way to ensure kitchen longevity is to make sure that you properly clean the space. Singer Kitchens Mandeville knows that proper cleaning can protect your investment, which is why we are sharing these tips about cleaning your kitchen for longevity.
Importance of Cleaning the Kitchen
A very important reason why you need to keep your kitchen clean is to ensure the longevity of your kitchen. When you regularly clean your kitchen, you will not only have a kitchen that is aesthetically pleasing but it also helps maintain your kitchen’s components. If you allow dirt, mold, and residue to build up from not cleaning, your appliances will not work as well as you’d like them to and you could spend a fortune on repairs. If you don’t regularly clean your cabinets or flooring, you may end up needing to prematurely replace them. Plus, pests that can be attracted to dirty kitchens can also cause damage to the space.
There are certain aspects of your appliances that need to be cleaned adequately to ensure the longevity of the appliances. For instance, cleaning out your fridge filters, as this can cause your refrigerator to work harder to stay cool. This leads to the refrigerator burning out a lot sooner than it should. When you’re cleaning, you will also notice the condition of the filters to see if it’s time to replace them. Cleaning appliances help you better maintain these expensive items, improving their longevity.
How to Properly Clean Your Kitchen
Not all cleaning jobs are made equal. Just quickly scrubbing down the kitchen may not be enough to protecting your kitchen for the long-term. In this section, you will learn all about how to properly clean every inch of your kitchen space.
A lot of people tend to just haphazardly clean the kitchen. They may start off cleaning a section of the counter and then get distracted and move into doing the dishes, then get distracted again. This can lead to you miss areas while cleaning. To avoid this problem, it is recommended that you clean from the top of the kitchen to the bottom, then move onto cleaning from the left to right (or vice versa).
You start from the top to bottom because as you clean, the dust and debris will fall to the bottom. Then as you sweep and mop up the floor, you clean all of that fallen dirt. This way, you don’t have to clean any part of the space twice. By cleaning from left to right (or right to left if you prefer), you are ensuring that you don’t miss any part of the kitchen. The important thing is to be consistent.
Let Your Cleaning Products Do the Work
It is also important to use the right cleaning products and using them properly. Typically, people spray the cleaning products and immediately clean up the spray. The problem is that by doing this, you are not giving the cleaner time to effectively work. This is especially true for disinfectants. You should let the cleaners set for between 5 and 10 minutes before you wipe them off. This will ensure that you get a good clean of whatever surface you are washing.
Clean in an “S” Shape
Most people tend to clean surfaces in a circular motion, but what you don’t realize is that you are just moving the dirt around in the same location or moving it to another location. That means you are leaving behind dirt and not getting everything. You will also be more likely to miss areas with this approach. Instead, clean in an “S” shaped motion. Start on one side of the surface and wipe in an “S” motion as you move across the surfaces until you get to the end. This will ensure that you get the best clean possible and you won’t leave behind those annoying streaks.
Don’t Forget the Inside of the Appliances
It is also important for the lifespan of your appliances to clean them on a regular basis, but you need to be sure that you clean the important parts of the appliances. For instance, on a fridge you may be focused on the things that you can see like shelves and drawers. However, one of the most important parts of the fridge to clean is the coils. If the coils get caked with dust and dirt, the fridge can burn out from working too hard to cool the fridge.
You can start with less harsh chemicals to see if that gives you the best clean. Sometimes you may think that a mess is worse than it is, leading you to use products that are too harsh for the surface and your hands. By using weaker products at first (including all-natural and DIY cleaners), you can see if these are efficient cleaners for your needs. If not, you can try using a little stronger product until you get that amazingly clean that you want and need for your kitchen.
Singer Kitchens New Orleans understands how important your kitchen is. People get busy and maybe you sacrifice thoroughly cleaning your kitchen due to time constraints. But, it is crucial that you clean your kitchen to extend the longevity of this important room. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and these tips can help you get the clean that your kitchen needs to last.
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