As a nation – heck, as a planet – it’s fair to say that we’ve never been more germ-phobic than we are now. With Covid-19 posing a clear and present threat to everyone, there’s a fresh focus on cleanliness and hygiene. Now, whatever the reasons you have for cleaning your kitchen, whether you’re worried about current events or you’re actually looking to distract yourself from them, you’ll be glad to hear that there are lots of benefits to having a good deep clean of your kitchen.
For starters, a deep clean can make it less challenging to keep on top of in future, as well as being better for your mental health. (There are complicated in-depth reasons for this, but to sum them up; when it comes right down to it, clutter kind of stresses us out.) Realistically, when it comes to cleanliness there are some battles in the house you’ll have to accept losing – the kids bedrooms, perhaps – but your kitchen shouldn’t be one of them. So, while this isn’t a step-by-step guide to a deep clean of your kitchen, it is a short list of a few handy tips to ensure that you get the job done more easily and efficiently.
If you’re going to war with dirt and germs, you’ll need to have the right weapons to hand. And the right armour, too. That means apron and gloves, at the very least. If you’ve got an existing respiratory condition like asthma, you may want to wear a mask too. You’ll also need to have a good supply of cleaning cloths, disinfectant, bleach, washing up detergent and distilled white wine vinegar, for when you’re tackling the extra-tough stuff. (Refillable spray bottles are always good to have on hand, as well).
We should say here that there are particularly stringent procedures that the government says you should follow if you, or anyone else in your household, is suspected to have the coronavirus.
Wear gloves (disposable or washing-up) and an apron for cleaning
When you’re done, double-bag your protective clothing, then keep this rubbish somewhere safe for 72 before disposing of it. (This gives the virus time to expire)
Use disposable cloths, and follow the same rules for disposal
Clean any hard surfaces (like your laminate kitchen worktops) with warm soapy water, the disinfect with your normal cleaning products
Wash your hands for 20 seconds before you begin cleaning, and for 20 seconds afterward
Before you get cracking on the actual task of cleaning, you’ll find it a lot easier and simpler to do if all your surfaces are clear first. That means any appliances, gadgets, pots or containers can all be moved from your worktops and other surfaces – either temporarily while you clean or even permanently, if you decide they’re better placed elsewhere. Then you can start dusting, before finally disinfecting your surfaces.
An important word of warning here: don’t mix your dusters! Cross contamination is a very real threat at the best of times, and it’s something that you’ll want to especially avoid in the current climate. After all, you wouldn’t use a kitchen towel in the bathroom, so don’t move your dusters between rooms. If in doubt, don’t risk it – either put your dusters in the washing machine on a hot water cycle, or dispose of them.
Spend time on the areas that are the most recently touched and used, but relatively rarely cleaned. So while your first target might be your kitchen worktops and other food contact surfaces – and rightly so – don’t forget things like the handles on your fridge door, or the knobs on your oven, or the microwave controls. The controls on your washing machine and dryer are more good targets. Don’t miss out the smaller appliances either, like the handle of the kettle and the knobs of the toaster. Other than that, usual rules apply. So taps, sinks, switches, inside your cupboards, and whatever else springs to mind!
‘Pace yourself’ is normally the kind of advice you hear someone give a long-distance runner rather than someone trying to clean their kitchen, but you might be surprised at how much it still applies! Even a small kitchen can be a big job, and it can be a tough one to do properly. It can be all too easy to go in guns blazing, before the energy wears off and the job ends up being half done. For that reason alone, it’s a job best done in stages. If the washing up needs to be done, get that sorted first. Then do the tidying, then do the dusting, and so on. It doesn’t even have to all be done on the same day – as long as the mess isn’t gathering at the same pace you’re cleaning at!
Don’t forget that larger appliances will each require a bit more attention and a certain way of doing things than smaller ones, so give those the time they deserve too. It’s far better to do each thing slowly and properly at your own pace, rather than rushing trying to get them all done in a single day, rendering the entire effort arguably pointless.
Of course, while you’re cleaning you may occasionally happen across one or two marks or stains that simply won’t come off your kitchen worktops. No worries there – we’ve got a fantastic range available here at Savoy Timber, and the lockdown gives you plenty of time to consider what you’d like next for your kitchen, whether it’s a high gloss effects or one of our stylish Zenith compact worktops. And if you have any questions or need any advice, we’re only a phone call away on 0345 0268 799!