Now we are into March it is a good time to work through the kitchen to give it a thorough clean, so we are sharing the Bettinsons Kitchens Leicester Spring Cleaning Check List with you today!
Yes, cleaning the kitchen is a daily affair, as soon as you clear away the dishes, pans and cutlery it’s time to start all over again with each and every meal. Also, following Christmas and the winter festivities there’s a build up of food and possibly grime that has really been caused by the increased use of the kitchen. Many of us simply don’t have the time to clean each and every part of the kitchen, so we stick to the areas that are most used, such as the sink, kitchen table, hob and worktops.
The biggest challenge we face when planning a spring clean is ‘where to start’. Hopefully our check list will help you and these are tasks that can be carried out over time, it just helps you to break down the work into manageable chunks.
1 Start with the Sink – Tidy away dishes, pots, pans and cutlery, either by filling the dishwasher or washing up, drying up and clearing them away.
2 Quick Clean Up – After tidying away the dishes, give your worktops the once over and quickly clean and tidy away items that don’t belong in the kitchen.
3 Cob Web Corners – Now you have a clear run of the kitchen, let’s start with cob webs. You may want to go over each and every room in the house to dust away cob webs that have built up during the winter months. We don’t always have time to look in the corners of rooms, but that’s mainly where those cob webs will be.
4 Switches, Handles & Knobs – Often the most touched items, but we neglect these when cleaning, so now’s a good time to give them a wipe.
5 Fans, Ornaments, Pictures & Fixtures – These items all gather dust and will need your attention. Glass surfaces on pictures (for example) are easily smeared, so a good glass cleaning using kitchen towel should give them a sparkle pretty quickly.
6 Windows, Curtains & Blinds – Firstly check curtains and blinds. You might want to put curtains through the wash, but do check instructions first. Blinds often need a dust, but grime may have built up, so a wipe with a damp cloth first should remove excessive dirt. Also, now that the weather’s starting to improve you want to let as much light in as possible, therefore an inside clean of the windows will work well.
7 Ovens, Hobs & Microwaves – With the work these have been doing to cook your winter warmers and festive foods, they’ll definitely need your attention. Stews and casseroles are great for warming you up, but they can bubble and boil over into your oven and onto you hob.
8 Food Storage Areas – Ok, this is where we move onto the cupboards, pantries, fridges and freezers. Over the winter we do tend to stockpile food, so take one storage area at a time and clear them down. You may find empty packaging, dated food and many more surprises.
9 Cleaning at Height – It’s time to move above the cupboards and to the top of the stove / cooker hood. Dust, grime and greece collect nicely above your cupboards and stove, because the heat generated within your kitchen carries it all upwards.
10 Mixers, Blenders, Toasters, Kettles – Lets move onto the appliances, work through them one at a time so that you don’t create chaos as you clean. These are items that you can clean over time, but maybe make a list of them to work through and then you’ll get the job done.
11 Cupboards & Surfaces – Food cupboards are tidier, but how are they looking on the outside? It’s time to turn you attention to them and give them a thorough wipe. Your worktops also need a good clean and you will have discovered this as you moved appliances to clean them.
12 Cluttered Disorganised Drawers – You’ve dealt with the food clearance, but what about the drawers and cupboards that store your pots, pans, cutlery, dishes and plates? It’s worth assessing these to see if you can bring back some order and get them re-organised if needed.
13 The Floor – Your final task, now that dirt and grime has been wiped from cupboards, surfaces and areas up above, it is time to clean the floor. A sweep or vacuum is often the best start and once the dust and loose dirt is cleaned away, you can give floors a mop.
At Bettinsons Kitchens Leicester we are proud to supply high quality, beautiful kitchens to home owners and the trade across Leicestershire. Kitchens are functional and keeping them clean and tidy can take time. We hope our check list will help to break down the tasks and make them a little more manageable for you.