Professionally Deep Clean a Kitchen, 20 minutes or less.
When cleaning a kitchen, it’s easy to spend lots of time scrubbing surfaces. It is important to not clean surfaces more than once.
There really is no reason to spend more than 20 minutes cleaning your kitchen from top to bottom.
In this article I am going to teach you how to clean a kitchen thoroughly and fast.
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Supplies needed to deep clean a kitchen
- All Purpose Cleaner
- Microfiber Clothes
- Razor Blade
- Small Detail Brush
- Stainless Steel Scrubber (if you have gas stove grills)
- Bar Keepers friend
- Stainless Steel cleaner (if you have a stainless-steel refrigerator)
- Wiemam glass cook top cleaner and brush (if you have a glass stove top)
- Long Duster
Tips and Tricks for Deep Cleaning a Kitchen Fast
1. Clean Top to Bottom
The most important trick with cleaning a kitchen is you want to start at the top of the surfaces and make your way down. If you clean counter tops before wiping the cabinets, you will have to wipe the counter down a second time to clean up the dust from above.
2. Clean Left to Right
The second trick is to start on one end of the kitchen and make your way around cleaning everything in your tracks.
Do not go back to an area after you have cleaned it because you forgot to wipe an appliance down. This wastes time and you will mess up what you have already cleaned. Make sure you clean every surface the first time.
3. Wear a Cleaning Apron
Third trick to deep clean a kitchen fast is to wear an apron and carry all of your cleaning supplies needed plus lots of extra microfiber clothes. This way you don’t have to go back to your cleaning caddy to get a tool or cleaner.
Start at the top with long dusting
Start with dusting the high and low areas of the kitchen. Dust the tops of cabinets, bottom of cabinets, window treatments, and light fixtures and any ceiling fans.
It is best to use a removable microfiber dusting wand. The microfiber will attract the dust while you are cleaning so that it does not fly everywhere.
You will be able to wash the removable microfiber after each house you clean to avoid contamination from one client to another.
Wet Cleaning all surfaces
Starting from the kitchen sink make your way around the kitchen cleaning with a warm damp microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner. Don’t clean the sink yet, this will be done right before you clean the floors.
As you walk around the kitchen, first spot clean above cabinets if there are any spots. Use the all-purpose cleaner if needed to remove spots.
Spray the counter. Wipe down the tops and fronts of small appliances.
Wipe the counter down and brushing any crumbs or debris to the floor to vacuum up later. Do not try and catch the crumbs. This will cost you lots of extra time.
You will be vacuuming the kitchen floor and will pick up the crumbs super-fast.
Lift any small appliances or items that may be sitting on top of counters with one hand as you wipe under it with another.
For a streak free finish on the counter tops, follow up with a dry microfiber cloth. I always keep lots of extra clean and dry microfiber clothes in my cleaning apron so that I can dry surfaces after I clean them.
My clients love this. They get a streak free and non-sticky finish on their appliances and countertops. If you are cleaning granite counter tops, they have a tendency to show water marks after cleaning. Wiping with a dry microfiber towel will eliminate the water marks.
Finish an area with spot cleaning any smudges on the bottom cabinet doors.
Clean the stove and range hood
Spray the stove top underneath the range hood. If there is a microwave above the stove, spray the inside and outside.
Wipe out the inside of the microwave from top to bottom. Sweep any debris out of the microwave on to the stove or floor. Then wipe the outside of the microwave and then underneath.
If needed get a new towel. If your towel has grease and debris don’t continue using it. You will spread the grease to other surfaces making it more difficult to clean.
Wipe the back of the wall behind the stove. If the control nozzles are on top of the stove, wipe them down now.
Clean the top of the stove, wiping any debris to the floor. Then make your way down the front of the oven door wiping it down.
For stainless-steel or glass tops, use a dry microfiber to towel to dry water residue to prevent streaking and leave a shinny finish. If there are marks on a glass top stove you can use a clean razor blade to remove. If you don’t feel comfortable using a razor blade, you can use this stove top cleaner.
Grab a new clean towel to continue cleaning counter tops after cleaning a stove top or microwave. The grease can leave streaks and residue on the counter tops making it more difficult to clean.
Clean the kitchen sink
After you have made your way around the entire kitchen, you can now wash the sink.
Let the cleaner sit on the sink while you pack up your cleaning caddy and apron. Now is a good time to take out any trash as well.
Using a small detail brush, brush around the base of the facet, the sink drain and any crevice’s that are hard to reach with a cloth. Place brush back in your apron, and grab microfiber cloth.
Starting with the faucet, wiped down into the sink and around the edges. Once all spots are cleaned up rinse down the sink and your microfiber towel.
Don’t worry about getting your towel too clean. You are now done with it and can discard it for washing.
Clean the Floors
At this point all the surfaces in the kitchen should be cleaned. You are now ready to vacuum and mop the floors. If you are going to be using a steam mop, now is the time to plug it in to warm up.
The kitchen generally will have hard floors (tile, linoleum, laminate or wood). Use a vacuum cleaner that works well at vacuuming hard surfaces. Preferably one with out a beater brush.
Starting in the back of the kitchen, vacuum the floors. Use the hose to reach into any corners that the vacuum can not reach. Vacuum your way out of the kitchen.
Use the whisk broom to get debris from under the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.
Depending on the types of flooring you will choose which mop will work best.
- A steam mop works best for tile floors, you can also use a steam mop on linoleum floors if you use a low setting.
- For wood floors or laminate floors it is best to use a Bona mop.
Begin mopping in the back of the kitchen and make your way out of the room.
If there is any food stuck to the the floor that does not come up easily with the mop use the scrapper or razor blade to quickly pick it up.
Do not spend a lot of time mopping over stuck on food. This takes to much time when you can quickly remove it with a razor blade.
Kitchen Cleaning FAQ’s
How to clean a white kitchen sink?
Bar Keepers’ Friend will be your best bet in cleaning a white porcelain sink. To clean a sink with bar keepers’ friend, first wet the sink, then sprinkle the cleaner all over the surface. Let set for a few minutes while you clean the counter tops.
Use a microfiber cloth and clean in a circular motion all around the bottom of the sink and then up the sides of the sink. All scuff marks and stains will lift with the cleaner. Finally rinse down the sink to be sure to remove all the cleaner. Bar keepers’ friend can leave behind a grainy finish if you do not rinse well enough.
How to clean white Formica counter tops?
A Mr. Clean Magic eraser kitchen scrubber will work great at cleaning marks and stains off of Formica counter tops. You can either wet the scrubber or use it dry. Once complete cleaning with the Mr. Clean Magic eraser then clean your counter tops as usual using an all-purpose cleaner.
How do I clean foam kitchen mats?
Your clients may have foam kitchen mats. The best way to clean foam kitchen mats is with warm water and mild soap. This process can be time consuming when cleaning each service. For your routine cleaning clients offer this service as an up charge or add it as a rotating task. In between deep cleans you can wipe the foam mat with a warm damp microfiber cloth when mopping floors.
Do not use a harsh cleaner on foam mats. This can break down the foam and ruin your clients’ mats. I also do not recommend steam cleaning them if you steam clean floors. The high heat can also degrade the material of the mat causing it to break down.
How do I clean a kitchen aid self-cleaning oven?
The easiest way to clean a self-cleaning oven is to set the cleaning cycle when you first arrive to a home to clean. Let the clean cycle run its course. Just before you are finished cleaning the home, you can wipe out and debris at the bottom. If there are still spots on the glass window, spray the window down with a degreaser. Let it sit for a few minutes. Take a razor blade and scrape off the residue.
How do I clean white glass top stoves?
Glass stove tops are notorious for leaving marks after cooking. If we want our glass stove top looking new, we have to clean it after each time we cook.
The best cleaner to clean a white glass top stove is Weiman’s glass cook top cleaner combined with the scrubbing pad.
When cleaning, you don’t have to clean the whole stove top. Just use a little bit of the cleaner where there are scuff marks on the glass top. Wipe up the cleaner with a clean dry microfiber cloth and buff out any streaks.
This method leaves your glass stove top shinny and clean.
How to clean grease off kitchen walls?
The kitchen is notorious for grease stains on all the surfaces. The walls are not immune to getting grease splatters. To clean grease off of walls it is best to use a degreaser. This will help to cut through the grease and remove it off of the walls. Do not try and use a mr clean magic eraser for this job. The magic erasers are great at removing stains, but not great at removing grease.
Spray the wall with the degreaser then wipe it up with a warm damp microfiber cloth. Make sure to wipe up all of the degreaser. You may have to rinse out your towel or follow up with a clean damp towel to remove excess cleaner.
Once the grease is removed. Use a clean, dry microfiber to wipe down and dry the wall.
How to clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets?
Sticky wood cabinets tend to happen in high humidity or areas where you may cook. The sticky residue usually is from wet and grease that have settled on the surfaces from cooking. To clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets, you will want to use a degreaser. A degreaser will cut through the sticky residue on the cabinets.
If you use a wood cleaner to clean your cabinets, this will not get the sticky finish off. To clean spray a warm damp microfiber cloth with the degreaser cleaner. Then wipe down the fronts of the cabinets.
DO NOT SPRAY CLEANER DIRECTLY ON THE CABINETS. This can leave behind spray marks on the finish of the wood cabinets.
Make sure to rinse the wood cabinets with a clean damp warm microfiber cloth to remove all the excess cleaner. To finish, buff out the cabinets with a dry microfiber cloth to remove all water residue.
How much to charge for extra cleaning tasks in the kitchen:
Upselling extra cleaning tasks is a great way to add more revenue without having to get new clients. Cleaning out a fridge or oven takes extra time, so make sure to charge your client when they request these services. It is your time
How much to charge for fridge cleaning services?
The going rate for cleaning out a refrigerator is between $25 – $45. The more food and dirty he fridge is the more you will want to charge as it will take you longer to clean.
If you are doing a move out clean or a rental cleaning service, refrigerator cleans are usually included in the cost to clean the home. And generally you would not charge extra for these types of services.
How much to charge for oven cleaning services?
Oven cleaning can take up to 2 hours depending on the size and type of oven a client has. Another factor to determine how much to charge will be how messy and when the last time the oven was cleaned. If you clean your clients ovens on a regular basis you will not need to charge as much. But if the oven looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in 5 years, it will take you longer to clean. You can charge an extra $35 – $100 dollars to clean an oven for your clients.
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