Make your kitchen look like The Maids just left!


Don't forget to check "clean the house" off your list.

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We know that things come up, company arrives early and cleaning becomes urgent. We also know how daunting it is to imitate the clean that four professional Maids achieve in one hour. So we broke it down in baby steps, starting with the kitchen, so you can achieve a spectacular clean on those days when the Maids aren’t around.

We realize that along with not having eight hands, you might also not have the HEPA filtered vacuums and various microfiber cloths that The Maids use. Here’s a list of some common materials you can use to make your kitchen sparkle and shine.

Kitchen Checklist:
Cabinets – Start from top to bottom. Dip a microfiber or clean cloth in a solution of mild dish-detergent and lukewarm water. Squeeze out excess liquid and wipe along the grain to remove splattered grease and fingerprints. This method can also be used on refrigerator and dishwasher doors.

Stove – Make your appliances shine without the fancy stainless steel cleaners. Remove grates and burners if possible and place in the kitchen sink. Drizzle a little household dish-soap on a sponge (to cut grease), dampen and wring out excess. Use some elbow grease to scrub through spills and uplift dirt. Rinse your sponge until clean and repeat the process to remove soap residue. Lastly, use a kitchen towel or microfiber cloth to buff out the watermarks.

Countertops – Different countertops require different cleaning methods. If you have granite countertops, you might want to reference this blog. However, for most countertops it is safe to continue using your mild dish-detergent solution and a sponge. First move everything off the counter, then wipe away crumbs or dust. Use the sponge to swipe away spills or sticky spots and buff with a clean cloth. If your counters have really lost their luster, try using club soda to give them a shine. This will also work on your stainless steel appliances.

Microwave – Loosen the grime by filling a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups water and ½ cup vinegar. Heat it on full power for 3-4 minutes until it comes to a boil. Let the steam fill the microwave, then wipe down interior walls with a sponge. Take out the plate and place it in the sink with oven grates. If you’re microwave smells of burnt popcorn, try placing a bowl of baking soda inside to cut the odor.

Garbage Can – Remove the trash bag and dump any stragglers at the bottom into the bag. If your garbage can is a little more weathered, you may want to wear gloves and use a disinfectant spray to help fight germs. Mist the inside of the garbage can with your choice of cleaner and wipe down with a separate sponge. If possible, rinse out with water in the sink or outside with a hose.

Sink – Start by placing your dishes in the dishwasher or hand-washing and then put them away. Scrub your oven grates and microwave plate with a scrub brush or sponge and put away. To get a real clean, mix a paste of baking soda and water and swirl your non-abrasive sponge in circles. Rinse the sponge and sink and clean again with soap and water. To make it shine like new, rub a few drops of baby oil around (mostly for stainless steel sinks) and watch it glow.

Floor – Floors, like countertops, require special treatment. Regardless of your floor type, start by sweeping or vacuuming loose dirt or food. Follow up with a mop and soapy water to make them shine. Always research the best cleaning methods for your type of floors before cleaning.

Use this checklist during desperate times to clean the way the Maids do. Check back for more helpful hints on how to make your home like new again.

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