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How to Properly Clean the Kitchen

Tackle kitchen grime and gunk quickly with this step-by-step guide to a clean kitchen.

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Nothing says "good morning!" like a clean and sparkling kitchen. Achieving cleanliness in the face of an endless parade of hungry family members is another matter.

Spray Surfaces

Empty the garbage can, and replace any can liners. Pre-spray all counters and the stove top before you begin to clean using a degreaser or a multisurface spray cleaner. Move around the room and spritz flat surfaces lightly.

Pre Spray Counter and Allow to Stand before WipingHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Wipe Down All Surfaces

Wipe down walls and backsplashes, cabinet faces and the fronts of kitchen appliances with a cleaner-dampened cleaning cloth. Use an extra spritz of multisurface cleaner to remove fingermarks, smears and stains.

Wipe Down Fronts of Kitchen CabinetsHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Clean Sink

Scrub the interior of the sink with a powdered cleanser or a spray degreaser. Use a toothbrush to rout out dirt around sink rims and drains. Rinse, then use degreaser to clean fixtures and the sink apron. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Scrub Sink After cleaner has Time to WorkHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Scrub Counters and Wipe Clean

Back to the counters, this time to wipe them clean and dry. Use a scraper to remove dried-on foods, and a small tile brush to loosen soil where the backsplash meets the countertops.

Wipe Counters Clean and DryHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Scrub Stove Top

Return to the stove top, and use the toothbrush to remove softened food from around the burners, knobs and dials. Tackle stubborn blobs with a scraper. Wipe dry with a fresh cleaning cloth.

Use Toothbrush to Remove Foods on Stove BurnersHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Sweep Floors

Sweep or vacuum the floor, and then damp-mop. Pay extra attention to the areas beneath the sink (water spots) and stove (grease). Shake and replace any mats or rugs. Put away tools, cleaners and apron.

Damp Mop Ceramic Tile Floors WeeklyHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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