New year, new kitchen – or maybe it’s a case of falling in love with your existing kitchen again? If you’re not in the market for a kitchen redesign, how about making a point of giving the heart of your home some additional care and attention this year. At Price Kitchens, we know a thing or three about how to look after kitchens, so we’ve put together six cleaning tips that you can incorporate into your 2020 kitchen routine and make it shine.
1 – Sinks & Taps
The best way to make your stainless-steel sink sparkle again is by using a specialist cleaning spray – Method and Cif both have excellent products – and a microfibre cloth to buff away streaks and marks. For taps and plugholes, a toothbrush is handy to get to all those hard-to-reach spaces and remove dirt and grime.
Porcelain sinks should be cleaned with bicarbonate of soda and washing up liquid. Make a paste in a small bowls and add some warm water, then spoon into your sink and clean in circular motions with a non-abrasive dish cloth.
2 – Drains
If the water in the kitchen sink is draining away too slowly, use soda crystals or bicarbonate of soda (easily available from hardware stores or good supermarkets) to free things up. Pour a kettle of boiling water down the plughole, then add a generous amount of bicarb or crystals. Leave for ten minutes, then add white vinegar to the mix, which will make it bubble.
After half an hour, pour another kettle of boiling water down the sink and watch the water drain away quickly. The vinegary smell will dissipate soon enough, but you can add a capful of Zoflora (seen at Tesco) or other scented disinfectant to the plughole if it bothers you.
3 – Hob & Tiles
Shift greasy marks from kitchen hobs and wall tiles with a powerful yet gentle paste cleaner such as The Pink Stuff (seen in Sainsbury’s), using non-abrasive sponge to buff away the grime and leave surfaces shining.
Apply the cleaning product, then rinse your sponge and go over the area again with a wet sponge. Finally, finish with an all-over dry wipe-down with a microfibre cloth until your hob and tiles sparkle like new.
4 – Cupboard Doors
Use a weak soapy solution to carefully wipe down kitchen panels and cupboard doors with a damp cloth, then dry with a soft clean cloth. For in-between dusting, a dry soft cloth is best to avoid scratching your cabinet doors.
We don’t recommend using any of the following products for cleaning cupboard doors as they could damage the surface: wax furniture polish, abrasive cleaners, bleach or chlorine-based cleaners, solvent based cleaners, multipurpose cleaners.
5 – Fridge Hygiene
As one of the major food storage appliances in your kitchen, the fridge is in danger of quickly becoming smelly, dirty and altogether unhygienic, with potentially dangerous results for you and your family.
Dilute a capful of disinfectant and wipe all fridge surfaces with a soft cloth to leave your appliance germ-free and smelling fresh. Another great tip is to place a tumbler of bicarbonate of soda in the fridge door to help absorb lingering scents before they become unpleasant.
6 – Kitchen Bin
Last but by no means least is everyone’s least favourite chore: the kitchen bin. Use a disinfectant spray such as Dettol and tackle your rubbish bin both inside and out, then wipe thoroughly with a cloth and allow to dry naturally.
For a fragrant boost, here’s a handy little tip: soak a paper towel in concentrated Zoflora (available in a wide choice of fragrances) and put this in the bottom of the bin before adding the bin bag. You’ll be amazed at the difference!