Day: March 18, 2021

9 Kitchen Cleaning Tips

We sometimes dread it a bit, but cleaning the kitchen doesn’t have to be so hard. These tips will help you transform your favourite cooking spot into a wonderfully fresh space in no time. To keep it from being too complex, we’ll focus on the outside of the kitchen.

 1) The Countertop

It’s the place where you chop all the vegetables or put dirty dishes aside, hence cleaning it regularly is a must! It’s a good idea to remove everything from your kitchen countertop before cleaning. The microwave oven, the kettle you can’t put in the cupboard or the small kitchen utensils. Clear the surface thoroughly to clean it properly.

-Take a clean dishcloth or sponge.

-Choose a mixture of water and soda or detergent. This will remove grease stains from the surface.

Be careful with a granite or natural stone surface. Choose a neutral pH detergent for those and do not use household vinegar or diluted all-purpose cleaners.

2) The Sink

Want to get that extra touch of shine on your sink quickly? Add a splash of all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar and let the water sit in the sink for an hour. Then, you can polish the sink with a liquid abrasive.

3) The Tap

Besides dishcloths, faucets are the most unsanitary items in the house. How do you clean them?

– Pull up that old toothbrush so you can easily scrub all the little dirty edges around the faucet.

-Use hot water and a cloth with some all-purpose cleaner to rinse the faucet first. It’s just as annoying, but you’ll be so pleased with your shiny faucet afterwards.

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4) The Stove

Of course, it’s best to clean your stovetops every time you cook, but if you still have old or stubborn stains, you can always use soda, detergent or an all-purpose degreasing cleaner. Be sure not to use a scouring pad or abrasive with a ceramic or induction cooktop.

5) Kitchen Hood

-Replace the filter if necessary.

-Clean the cooker hood with soapy water and detergent.

Do you have a stainless-steel hood? Then you can also clean it with oil.

-Rub a drop of olive or sunflower oil on the hood with a paper towel.

-Then rub it very well with a clean piece of kitchen towel; otherwise, you will only attract more dust.

6) Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

There’s nothing that water with dish soap or all-purpose cleaner can’t dissolve. By itself, cleaning kitchen cabinets takes no time at all. What can be annoying? The handles. Focus on that for a while, it’s well worth that extra scrubbing because it’s teeming with bacteria.

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7) The Kitchen Floor

Preferably opt for a microfiber mop and hot water. Is your floor very greasy or sticky? Then you can also opt for a degreasing cleaning product. Also, pay special attention to the corners and edges of the underside of your cabinets. It is best to clean the kitchen as thoroughly as possible.

In addition to the fixed parts of the kitchen mentioned above, there are also appliances that you should clean.

8) The Refrigerator

The refrigerator is, of course, a piece that you should not forget. It is essential to keep it clean, as it is not pleasant to store food and drinks in a dirty fridge. Don’t forget to clean the rubber seals. Taking good care of your refrigerator regularly ensures a longer life.

9) The Dishwasher

The dishwasher is often forgotten. The dishwasher can be adequately maintained as follows:

-Regularly clean the filters.

-Don’t forget to clean the rubbers.

-Eliminate unpleasant odours by running the dishwasher once on the hottest program without any dishes in the dishwasher.

Let us know if these few tips have helped you, and if you’re planning for a kitchen makeover, you can contact the experts at Best Assembly in Melbourne. Whatever you wish for your kitchen, their kitchen installers can assemble it professionally and on time while ensuring that your home is left spotless.

Tips for Cleaning Ceramic Tiles

After laying your ceramic tiles, you will naturally want to keep them as beautiful as possible. Ceramic tiles require very little maintenance. After the first cleaning, regular vacuuming, and weekly mopping are sufficient. However, it is best not to use just any cleaning product for this. Let us explain how it works!

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Cleaning Ceramic Tiles After Installation

Once the tiles have been installed and grouted, you should clean the floor after a few days to remove the cement residue formed during grouting. This residue must be adequately removed; otherwise, it will be impossible to maintain the ceramic tile floor properly.

Tip: Rent a wet vacuum cleaner. This will save you a lot of work.

The best results are obtained with a quick cement haze remover with diluted hydrochloric acid. Be careful with stainless steel, chrome, bare metal, wood, plastics, painted and lacquered surfaces. These acids present in these products are not suitable for chalky types of natural stone. If you have such types, make sure to use a good brand of acid-free cement residue remover for this purpose. Such products are usually less aggressive than quick cement scum removers.

Depending on the type and severity of the cement veil present, you can dilute the cement veil remover to 1: 4 – 1:20 and apply it to the pre-moistened floor. Ensure that the floor heating is turned off and that the ceramic tiles have reached their natural temperature. Allow the product to act for a few minutes while scrubbing the floor. Do not let the floor dry and absorb the contaminated water with a mop or, better yet, with a wet vacuum cleaner. Then rinse the ceramic tiles thoroughly with clean water.

Tip: Put a defoamer in the wet vacuum cleaner to reduce the formation of foam.

Maintenance of Ceramic Tiles

To maintain the tiles after the first deep clean, the best thing to do is clean the floor with a product that is as neutral as possible. You can look for ceramic tile scrubbing wax. This product usually has a double effect: On the one hand, it cleans the floor thoroughly without leaving a greasy film and, on the other hand, it improves the colour and shine of the ceramic tiles. Besides, it makes the floor a little more resistant to dirt. A good splash in the mop water is enough. You can polish the floor after drying it with a clean, dry cloth to give it a shine.

You mustn’t use a cleaning product with soap (green), or oil components, because these form layers on the ceramic tiles. Every fingerprint becomes visible, and dust, hair, and crumbs also stick to the tile. Dirt will easily stick between these layers, and in the end, your floor will look like it was never spotless, even if you have just mopped it.

Removing Dullness or Dark Stains From Ceramic Tiles

If you have that dullness on your ceramic tiles, it’s essential to remove it. You can look for products specially developed for fast and thorough removal of old and stubborn dirt, as well as old wax and polymer films. It is essential that the floor heating is turned off and the ceramic tiles are cool before starting. Depending on the type of dirt, you can apply the cleaning agent pure or diluted 1:5 on the ceramic tiles. Let it act for about 10 minutes, but do not allow the floor to dry. Then scrub the floor thoroughly and absorb the diluted solution with a damp mop or vacuum cleaner. Then rinse the floor again and re-absorb this water in the same manner.

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If you’re looking for tiles for your new construction or renovation project, you can visit The Tile Gallery in Montmorency for an endless collection of tiles ideal for the kitchen, bathroom, and any other surfaces around the house. Do not hesitate to contact them!

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