Kitchen walls, floors and cabinets often are the dirtiest parts of the house. Heavy traffic brings in lots of dust, pet fur, and dirt which somehow winds up sticking to those greasy walls and cabinet fronts. If you need help deep cleaning the walls, floors and cabinets of your kitchen, you may find this guide useful:
Deep cleaning guide for kitchen cabinet shelves and fronts.
Pantry and cabinet shelves: The fastest way to clean the kitchen cabinet and pantry shelves is to clean one shelf at a time always starting at the top and working down. This keeps you organized and prevents the kitchen counter from overcrowding.
While any basic all-purpose household cleaner can be used to clean shelves, I make my own by mixing 2T ammonia and 2T white vinegar in one quart of warm water, which is applied with a square sponge. In most cases, a quick wipe is all it takes to clean the shelf, the cabinet backing, and beneath the upper shelf. In areas with stubborn food spills (such as honey or syrup), let the cleaning solution soak in for 2-3 minutes before scrubbing.
Hardware: Next on the list is deep cleaning the cabinet hardware. For super gross handles and pulls, the easiest solution is just to remove them and wash accordingly.
* Soak glass and ceramic pulls in a mild ammonia solution, then polish to a shine with a dry cloth.
* Wooden pulls can be sponged with sudsy water, dried, and polish with furniture polish.
* Wash reactive metals such as copper and bronze in sudsy water to remove caked on food, dry, and polish with metal cleaner.
* Leave the stainless steel handles on your stainless cabinets and scrub with a mild white vinegar solution. A soft toothbrush can help reach inside of tiny spaces.
Don’t forget the hinges! Most hinges are made of metal and can be safely scrubbed with warm, sudsy water and a toothbrush.
Cabinet fronts: How you deep clean cabinet fronts depends on what the cabinets are made of.
* Painted wood metal cabinets can be cleaned with a basic household cleaner.
* Stainless steel cabinets can be cleaned with a mild solution of water and white vinegar. To polish up the cabinets, use a stainless steel magic spray.
* Solid wood and wood veneer cabinets must be cleaned with soaps especially formulated for wood cleaning. Finish up with furniture polish buffed to a shine.
* Cabinets with a plastic finish are best cleaned with water and a bit of dish washing soap. To remove soap film, rinse using a damp sponge.
Guide to deep cleaning the kitchen walls.
To deep clean greasy kitchen walls, all you’ll need are some rags and homemade cleaner made from vinegar, ammonia, and baking soda.
* For all purpose cleaning on painted walls, ceramic tiles and washable vinyl wallpaper, mix 1 cup of ammonia, 1 cup of vinegar, and half a cup of baking soda with 3 1/2 quarts of hot water in a one gallon bucket. Use a sponge to wipe down the walls with this solution.
* To clean heavy grease buildups around the stove top and vents, mix 3/4 cups ammonia, 3/4 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 cup baking soda with 3 1/2 cups of hot water. Sponge this hot mixture onto the greasy areas of the wall, let set for a couple of minutes to loosen, then scrub off. Rinse the scrubbed area with clean water and let dry.
When scrubbing the walls, remember to clean the baseboards, switch plates, and outlet covers. The baseboards can be cleaned with a damp rag using homemade all purpose cleaner; corners can be tackled with a toothbrush. As far as the outlet covers and switch plates, the safest solution is just to remove them with a screw driver and wash them in the sink using warm soapy water.
Guide to deep cleaning a kitchen floor.
When it comes to deep cleaning a kitchen floor, the best results are achieved with professional grade floor strippers and floor wax. These products are available at home improvement stores and carpet shops. Other supplies you will need include a sponge mop head, a putty knife, toothbrush, toothpicks, gloves, lots of rags and an assortment of scrubby pads.
1) Remove all the furniture from the room. Open doors and windows to provide adequate ventilation.
2) Strip the old wax following the directions on the container. Stubborn wax build up beneath appliances and corners can be gently worked loose with a putty knife. The toothbrush is great for reaching tight corners, and the toothpicks will remove the black gunky wax at the base of the mop board.
3) Once the wax has been removed, blot up the excess cleaner with rags.
4) Rinse the floor with clear water.
5) Working in small sections, reapply the wax using a new sponge mop head. Apply three coats, allowing for drying time between coats.
6) After the wax has dried for an hour, the furniture can be moved back into the kitchen.
Deep cleaning the walls, floors, and cabinets of your kitchen is definitely a dirty job that will take two to three days to accomplish. This cleaning guide should make the job a little less overwhelming and keep you organized as well.