Let’s face it. The kitchen is among the most used, yet often most neglected, rooms in the entire house. At the same time, the need to clean this area of the home is critically important in order to not only maintain a comfortable working environment, but to eliminate many of the food-borne bacterium that can fester if left uncleaned. Perhaps the reason so many of us neglect to clean properly the kitchen is that we despise the cleaning process itself. Ok – I feel you. Cleaning does not exactly bring excitement and joy to my life either. Consider, however, that cleaning can be made easy and hassle-free with some proper planning and understanding as to how to best complete the process in a quick and efficient manner. Since many kitchens contain common kitchen surfaces, one can learn how to clean each of these areas in a way that will make the area sparkle and shine, and all in a fraction of the time. So, let me cover four such common kitchen surfaces and provide with some suggested ideas to give you a new meaning to this important household chore.
• Marble Countertops
Marble countertops are beautiful, and the staple of many homeowners that need to compete their kitchen within a set budget. Marble, by its nature, is prone to staining, however, so proper cleaning techniques are necessary in order to keep it shining for years to come. You do not need much to clear marble. In fact, much of the material you need is likely in your kitchen already. Begin with a spray bottle, gentle and non-abrasive dish soap, a clean dishcloth or another type of cleaning type rag, and some soft and absorbent towels. Before we go on, be reminded that the water you use to clean marble countertops should be warm, not cold. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you begin. You will want to begin by filling the spray bottle with some warm that was just talked about. There is no need to fill the bottle all the way to the top, but do remember to add one tablespoon of the gentle and non-abrasive dish soap that you now have at your disposal. Make sure you do not substitute the dish soap for some other type of cleaner and do not use anything with acid or lemon juice added. Go ahead and gently shake the bottle in order to mix the soap in with the warm water. You are now ready to begin. Generously spray the marble countertop with the solution from the water bottle. There is no need to saturate the countertop here. Next, wipe off the soapy water with a mildly wet dishcloth. You will notice that the countertop is a bit damp, so finish off the process with a dry and absorbent towel, creating a clean and dry finish to the marble countertop with minimum hassle. See how easy that was?
• Plastic Laminate Countertops
Not only is plastic laminate a different type of surface than a marble countertop, it requires a slightly different cleaning technique as well. First, remember that the laminate is actually man-made, as opposed to the natural components found in marble or granite. It is typically made of composite material such as paper or other materials that bond together at high heat to form a type of plastic that can be placed on a countertop. It is so popular because it is relatively inexpensive, and it is readily available and can be used on a variety of surfaces. In order to maintain its look and to ensure that it does not peel, however, requires some consideration be given to the clearing process. If not properly cleaned, it can crack, stain, and simple peel away over time. This makes it sound difficult to clean, but the opposite is actually the case. You will be pleased to read that plastic laminate countertops are surprisingly easy to clean. A simple dish soap and water solution can be used, as can vinegar or bleach. The key is to spray simply the solution on the countertop before any food cakes on and then dry with an absorbent towel. That is really all there is to it. Again, however, with laminate countertops, you must clean them often and right after cooking in order to avoid possible peeling and cracking.
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• Wood Cabinets
Wood cabinets are certainly beautiful and the highlight of many a kitchen, yet many neglect to clean them because they are out of the line of defense when it comes to food and other materials dirtying them up. Cabinets need and deserve your cleaning attention, however, so consider these few tips to make the process easy and add a bit of luster and shine to your kitchen. Remember to use only a clean non-abrasive cloth or a soft sponge when cleaning wood cabinets. This is important in order to avoiding scratching the finish of the wood. Consider making a simple vinegar solution by mixing white vinegar with a cup of water. This type of solution is perfect for wood, as it will not warp the wood or compromise the finish of the cabinets. Spray the solution on the outside of the cabinets and wipe off with the cloth or soft sponge. Make sure to then take a dry cloth and wipe off any excess moisture and you done.
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• Stainless Steel Appliances
To wrap up the kitchen cleaning process, remember to take care of your stainless steel appliances. Begin with a microfiber cloth, and then wet it with warm water and drop a bit of dish soap on it. Having done that, squeeze out mud of the water and then wipe the stainless steel down all over, all the while working to remove any grime or dust that might have accumulated since the last cleaning. Take the cloth and wash it off in the sink, removing the soap from the cloth, and then wipe off the appliance again to remove any soapy residue that might have been left there.That’s all there is to it, and now you have four simple ways to clean the most common of kitchen surfaces.
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