Contributed by Shannon Noble
Owner of Battersea Tenancy Cleaners
The kitchen is considered the heart of the home, but it gets dirty relatively fast. The home-made delicious meals you prepare take their toll. This can lead to a pile of dishes to wash and food odor to neutralize once you are done cooking.
There is no need to commit several hours per week to clean the kitchen though. The key to having a well-maintained kitchen requires you to put your organizational skills into practice and optimize the cleaning process.
- Needless to say, you have to deal with stains and spills right away instead of waiting until it is time for the weekly cleaning. The first rule you have to adhere to in order to achieve the desired cleanliness is to start cleaning from top to the bottom. In other words, you have to start from the shelves and finish with the floor.
- You have to establish your kitchen cleaning routine and strictly follow it. It is understandable that sometimes you just don’t feel like doing anything let alone engaging in cleaning the kitchen, but you have to do your best to stick to the schedule you have established. Make sure you have set small cleaning tasks for every day of the week, so you don’t get overwhelmed. 20 minutes a day should be enough. You can even break up the 20-minute cleaning task in two parts and do a 10-minute cleanup in the morning and a 10-minute one in the evening.
- There are certain must-do chores you just cannot postpone for the next day or if you do that, you will have to deal with greater mess. For instance, washing the dishes right after dinner is recommended. Sweeping the floor after cooking and wiping down the countertop are considered essential for maintaining the kitchen.
- If you consider it appropriate, you can set a timer prior to starting your 20-minute cleanup and do your best not to get distracted by the ringing phone or your favorite TV show.
- As mentioned above, the golden rule of housekeeping says that you should always start cleaning from top to bottom. As for the cabinets, you can place the jars of liquid on coasters or put non-adhesive cork liner on the shelves.
- In order to keep the countertops stain-free, you can take advantage of a grout sealer. It works well on tiles, but if your countertop is made of stone, you have to ask for a sealer tailored especially for stone.
- If you use a wooden cutting board, then you must wash it manually. It is a well-known fact that excessive amounts of water can damage the wood. If you prefer, you can use plastic cutting boards. They do not absorb as much smell as the wooden ones do and you can simply throw them in the dishwasher.
- Another handy trick you can use for the countertops is to cover them with butcher paper or wax paper before you start preparing a meal. This way you can just pick up the paper and throw it into the garbage bin when you’re finished.
- The unpleasant grease spatters on the stove can be eliminated if you put a mesh spatter screen over the pans when you use them.