Kitchen grease, food smear, skin oil and hand lotion – these are just several of the things to be found on the surfaces of your kitchen cabinets. Removing them with regular all purpose cleaning products often turns out to be a mission impossible. This fact however does not mean that you have nothing to do in order to have your cabinets restored to their perfect condition.
You should get yourself the necessary supplies for tackling the strenuous task of kitchen cabinet cleaning and refreshing. These include some strong alkaline or heavy-duty cleaner (to be found in your local supermarket), a bucket, microfiber cloths, dishwashing detergent and some oil soap solution.
Empty the cabinets and thoroughly wash them with the alkaline cleaner. Those type of cleaners can be applied to nearly all types of materials – plastic laminate, metal, painted metal or glass, but in some cases they are not appropriate for wood, so make sure to read the label before using them. Follow the directions on the label and mix the solution. Apply it to every surface in your cabinet and let it sit for a couple of minutes before carefully washing and rinsing all dirt. In order to add the finishing touch to the cleaning process, all you have to do is use a damp cloth to wipe again the surface. Then dry with the microfiber cloth and remove any residual dirt from the cabinets. The job is done.
Wood required far more gentle treatment. In case you have wooden kitchen cabinets, the dishwashing detergent and the microfiber cloth come in handy. Once you have applied the detergent and wiped it, you can complete the job by carefully rinsing all surfaces of the kitchen cabinet (do not forget the area around the handles) with oil soap and water. The important thing here is to immediately dry everything with an appropriate cloth, because wood does not react well to moisture.
If your cabinets are old, you can think about applying furniture polish in order to make them shine again after the cleaning process is completed. In case you do not feel like going through the taunting and time consuming task of cabinet cleaning on your own, you can always get a professional cleaner do the job for you – all you have to do is check out the local business guide and see which cleaning companies operate in your postcode district.
Wood floors are beautiful and very stylish. What is more they require much less maintenance than other flooring solutions like carpets for instance. This does not mean that you do not have to know certain things in order to make sure the freshly installed wood floors in your home are going to preserve their excellent looks in the years to come. Proper cleaning and maintenance logically is the key to all that.
In order to have perfectly clean wood floors you neither need expensive chemical cleaning products nor state of the art tools. All you need is a simple homemade solution that combines three positives and has no drawback at all – it is highly efficient, it is one hundred per cent environment friendly and it is a lot cheaper than any cleaning product you can purchase from the store.
The solution in question consists of apple cider vinegar (a quarter of a cup) mixed with warm water (one gallon) in a bucket. It takes no time to prepare, but you will not be able to find a more efficient and easily accessible solution on the market today. Actually, finished floors can easily be cleaned only with water. You should have in mind however that over time finish wears down and every once in a while you will be required to re-finish the surfaces.
When you prepare the vinegar and water mix, you can proceed with the actual cleaning of your beautiful wood floors. Before starting the washing procedure, carefully remove any dust and dirt particles from the surface by vacuuming or dust mopping it. Then get the bucket with the ready mix and a flat mop with microfiber cover and clean your hardwood floor. If it sounds easy that is because the whole process cannot truly be any easier. The only thing you should be very careful about is not to get your floors too wet. Wood tends to shrink and deform due to moisture, and you would want to avoid such a thing at all cost.
At least once (preferably two times) a year get your local cleaning company to thoroughly clean your home including your precious wood floors. Professional cleaners use methods, products and tools that deep clean every surface and preserve it for much longer periods of time. Now you know everything there is about cleaning wood floors. What are you waiting for? Get down to work.
Specialists advise that you get your household thoroughly and completely cleaned at least twice a year. But this is a much harder task than it sounds. There are many factors you have to consider and prepare for if you want your spring cleaning to have any (positive) effect.
The first thing you can do is to check out who the local professional cleaners are. Hiring a cleaning company once or twice a year would not be that expensive, and you can be sure that the job is going to be carried out properly and up to the most satisfactory results.
Of course, there could be many reasons you might want to tackle the task on your own. In that case, you will have to prepare by gathering all the necessary tools – cleaning products, towels, rugs, a ladder, a vacuum cleaner etc. Make a list of the things you are going to need, as well as those that need to get done so that you do not miss anything.
Your home cleaning is going to be more or less complete when you have gone through every single one of the rooms in your house. It is preferable not to leave a room before you have finished cleaning everything in it. This means that you should not, for instance, vacuum the whole house at once. Vacuum the living room first, then proceed to de-cluttering, cleaning the upholstery, windows, light fixtures etc. Then you can move on to the next area in your home.
Spring cleaning is the time when you have to do things you do not usually do on a regular cleaning day. This includes such tasks as washing baseboards, door ceilings, window sills, all doors and walls in your home. Check out all vents in your household – vacuum and clean them carefully in order to refresh the air in your home. In the kitchen, move the fridge, vacuum and clean underneath it – doing this at least twice a year will make miracles with your home’s hygiene. Another thing to do is to go through all the items that have accumulated in your home for the past year. Decide what you are going to use in the future and dispose of everything unnecessary – you can sell it online, give it away, throw it in the trash or recycle it. Just get rid of the useless possessions and reduce the clutter in your home.