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Tips for Keeping a Clean Kitchen

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Having a big and beautiful kitchen can be truly spectacular. But one of the less-than-spectacular chores that comes along with this responsibility is the task of cleaning it. There are several things you can do to maintain your clean kitchen so that you must clean less, helping you to enjoy it more.

Although you may not be able to avoid giving your kitchen a good, deep clean every so often, there are daily things you can do to stay on top of its cleanliness.

To learn more about kitchen components that put maintenance first, such as quartz countertops, contact Vadara Quartz today.

1. Clean as You Cook

It’s hard to be motivated to clean a huge pile of dishes after you’ve cooked a meal. To prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed, try to clean here and there as you cook. For example, when you are waiting for something on the stove to simmer, you can take the time to wash out one of the smaller pots you used for vegetables. Or, give the sink a quick scrub so the leftover food particles won’t clog the drain when you go to wash the bigger items.

Cleaning as you go can help to not only clear your kitchen, but your mind as well. You’ll have a better peace of mind and more space to allow you to cook freely, enjoying your kitchen the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

2. Opt for Quartz Countertops

Think about the types of countertops you have, or the ones you are about to upgrade to with your next renovation project. If you want to have an easy time cleaning your kitchen, invest in quartz. Quartz countertops do not absorb stains or particles, making it easy to just wipe away any leftover debris.

All you really need to clean quartz countertops are a slightly wet cloth and a non-abrasive soap. Wipe down the area that needs cleaning and let air dry. It’s that simple! Other countertops, including butcher block and granite sometimes require a deeper soak or scrub in order to really get it clean.

3. Maintain Your Cookware and Knives

Another thing you can do to avoid having several major deep-cleaning sessions down the road is to keep a close eye on your cookware and knives. Think about how often you use your pots and pans. Are they stained? Do they have rust or burnt food spots? Take a few minutes to deeply scrub and hand-wash your cookware so you don’t have to worry about it getting worse in the future.

It’s recommended to clean your cookware and knives like this about once a month. That way, you won’t have to spend an entire day cleaning them when their condition has become much worse.

4. Get Big Trash Bins

Another issue people run into when working in the kitchen is having a trash can that’s just too small. Invest in larger trash and recycling bins so you don’t have to deal with an overflow. Having a full trash bin can make you less motivated to throw out the extra trash and food that might still be sitting on the counter. The best way to declutter your area is to make sure there’s enough space to throw the clutter out!

It’s still easy to conceal larger-sized trash bins. You can put them in a cabinet under the sink, or near the back door to your yard. There are plenty of creative ways to incorporate their design into the style of your kitchen, so they don’t stick out like two sore thumbs.

Invest in an Immaculate Kitchen Today

Vadara Quartz is passionate about helping you find everything you need to make your gorgeous kitchen complete. From new color palettes, to quartz countertops, to remodeling ideas, there are many ways to make your kitchen stand out. By keeping tabs on maintenance and doing some light cleaning here and there, you can keep it bright and shining for a long time to come.

For more information about your countertop options, you can contact Vadara online or give them a call at (844) 482-3272.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips You’ve Never Thought Of

How to Clean Your Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Organize

Use organizational funnels for things that accumulate on your countertops, such as
• Mail bin
• Key rack
• Baskets

Sweep

Clear crumbs off your quartz kitchen countertops by using a
• Plastic pastry scraper
• Old credit card
• Gift card

Run it over the surface of your counter, sweeping crumbs into your hand or into the sink.
You can use your scraper to lift of caked-on food too: Spray the spot with a cleaner (see below) and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Scrape off the residue, and wipe clean with a moist sponge or towel.

Eliminate Bacteria

Spray your counters with a germ-killing cleaner that’s safe for your quartz kitchen countertops (like Honest Company Multi-Surface Cleaner, 409 Stone and Steel Cleaner, or Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner.) Then, dry with a microfiber cloth – which fights streaks and bacteria growth.

To learn more about the ease of maintaining quartz, visit Vadara Quartz to see how to make your kitchen work for you.

Cleaning the Kitchen Floor

Mopping

When you mop, pay special attention to the corners by “hand mopping.”
Place your hand into an old sock and spritz with cleaner. Run your hand over the floor along the walls and into the corners where dirt and dust can accumulate, and the broom often leaves grime behind.

‘Washing’ Appliances

Refrigerator

Mix together equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle as a food-safe cleaner which you can store on your refrigerator door. Use the spray to clean up spills in your fridge as they occur.

Dishwasher

Fill a dishwasher-safe cup with vinegar (about 6-8 oz.) and place the full cup on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on the hottest and longest cycle – this will sanitize your unit as well as loosen the lime deposits, food buildup, and soap scum.

Microwave

Fill an 8 oz. cup with water and place it in the center of your microwave. Heat uncovered until the water starts to boil (about 1 minute.) The steam will loosen any old, caked-on food so you can wipe it off faster with a sponge or towel.

Sparkling Stovetops

Glass

To clean cooked-on stains off a glass cooktop, use a single-edged scraper or blade. Soak the stain in the strongest cleaner your cooktop can handle, letting it sit for a few minutes to loosen the grime. Next, scrape slowly, firmly, and carefully, holding the blade at a 30-40-degree angle. Finish by wiping the cooktop with a clean towel.

Gas

You can run the metal grates from your gas cooktop through the dishwasher regularly to keep them sparkling clean.

Electric

You must unplug electric cooktops before removing the burners. Then, you can wipe them clean carefully with a moist sponge, avoiding the electric prongs.

Making Cabinets Like New

In Front

Make a paste of baking soda and water to buff out stains on your painted cabinet. Apply the paste onto the stain with your fingers, and let it sit. Wipe away the paste with a damp cloth and buff the cabinet dry.

Inside

Empty out your kitchen cabinets at the start of every season and give the inside a good spray and wipe. Use a toothbrush to get into the corners and crevices where dust and crumbs can accumulate.

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