Top Tips to Make Your Kitchen Sparkle
Giving your kitchen a much needed spruce up takes a little TLC and a lot of elbow grease. As well as completing the usual deep clean, there are some care tips you’ll want to complete to have your kitchen feeling like new again.
Between doing the dreaded jobs of deep cleaning your fridge, freezer and oven, there are a few other jobs that you may not think of, but can be imperative to having your kitchen sparkling from every surface.
There’s no cutting corners here, this is the ‘big’ clean. The annual marathon.
We’ve included tips below that you can (and should) do on a more regular basis, but also tips on how to treat your worktops and sinks, sympathetic to their materials. For more information on how to look after your Mudd & Co kitchen, read our Care and Maintenance Guide.
Time to channel your inner Mrs. Hinch!
Don’t forget to wipe down the tops of all kitchen cabinets, as well as sanitising all door handles and switches, including the buttons and knobs on appliances and the cooker.
Sort Through Your Tin Cupboard
We all have a cupboard like it, you store your beans here and your tins of tuna, but you know full well that lurking towards the back are tins of food that could easily have been there as long as you’ve been in the house. Get rid of any tins of things you know you won’t be eating any time soon – donate any that still have a decent shelf life to your local food bank.
Marie Kondo Your Crockery
Do you really need nine casserole dishes? Delve deep into those dark corners where your hand-me-down crockery lives and ask yourself: am I ever really going to use this? As well as: have I used this in the last year? If the answer is a resounding ‘no’, be ruthless and get rid. You’ll find you have oodles more space than you ever thought you did, and you’ll actually remind yourself of all the kitchen bits and bobs and gadgets you own.
Clean Your Sponge
The advice is to replace your sponge weekly, but as we’re all trying to be more eco-friendly, we wanted to investigate how best to keep germs at bay. Clean your sponge daily in hot soapy water, then microwave wet for two minutes. If you don’t have a microwave, you can soak the sponge for one minute in a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of bleach in a litre of water.
Refresh Your Wooden Chopping Board
A simple life hack to refresh your wooden chopping boards and keeping them stain free and smelling fresh! Wipe any debris off with a damp cloth, sprinkle with about 1/2 cup of course salt. Chop a lemon in half and use the fleshy side to rub into the board in a circular motion, across the whole board. Once the entire surface has been worked into, give the board a quick rinse and blot dry. It should be as good as new!
Descale Your Kettle
We the British love a good brew, so it’s no surprise that our kettles are some of the most used appliances up and down the country. This high level of usage also is usually accompanied with a build up of limescale over time, which can become frustrating when it ends up in your cuppa. Using a weak acid such as white vinegar, fill the kettle with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and let soak for an hour. Once an hour has passed, boil the kettle, then turn it off and unplug, letting the water and vinegar mixture sit for a further 15-20 minutes. Now you can drain the kettle and rinse it thoroughly. Make sure to wipe the inside of the kettle with clean cloth to dry completely. Always best to boil a full kettle of fresh water before the next round of hot drinks, just to ensure any trace of vinegar is boiled off.
Along with daily cleaning, it’s wise to be aware of how to care for your worktops and provide a deeper clean when necessary. As worktop materials differ, so do the best ways in how to care for them. Find a summary below, and view our Care and Maintenance Guide for more information and guidance.
Cleaning with a mild detergent, water and soft cloth or paper towel should keep on top of things day-to-day but occasionally you will have to use a heavy duty stone degreaser. This will help to remove dirt, grease and grime – we recommend using the manufacturer’s instructions as these products are usually concentrated. It’s important to reseal your worktops on a regular basis too, using a stone sealant. You can check whether any treatment is needed by monitoring if water is soaking into the surface, if water is penetrating it’s time to treat!
An engineered stone surface such as quartz do not require polishing to keep them shiny and smooth, but they should be cleaned gently to maintain their distinctive shine – this can be done with a mild detergent, water and a soft cloth or paper towel. For a deeper clean, spray a generous amount of glass or surface cleaner over the worktop, leave for 10 minutes and wipe away with a soft cloth or sponge.
Ensuring worktops are well-oiled is one of the fundamentals in keeping them looking fantastic. Once installed, it is best to apply coats regularly to build up a layer – building up a sufficient coating of oil creates water resistance, and if your worktop does not have an adequate amount of protection, it will begin to look dry and dull. To know when your worktop is well oiled, place a drop of water on the work surface – the droplet should rest where it is; if it slowly seeps into the worktop then more oiling is required. Daily cleaning should be done using a soft, lint-free cloth that has been dipped in soapy water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges or scouring pads.
Depending on the material of your sink, there are different ways and materials to best care for it. See a summary below and view our Care and Maintenance Guide for more guidance.
Rinse the surface of the sink before beginning a deeper cleanse with sink cleaner on a soft cloth or sponge around the entire sink, including the basin, sink rim and faucet. Using a toothbrush for tight spots and around the drain is helpful here. Rinse again once complete and dab dry with a clean cloth before polishing. Water spots can be removed by lemon juice or vinegar
Using the soft side of a sponge (so as to not damage the sealant), use hot water and a few drops of a mild liquid dish soap – or a mild water and vinegar solution if you’d prefer – and give the sink a thorough wipe over. Rinse all the soap residue away and ensure it’s completely dry before the next step. Find a dry cloth and pour a few teaspoons of olive oil or mineral oil onto a corner, then rub the in oil all over surface of the sink, making sure there’s an even layer of oil over the granite. Allow it to sit on the surface for a minute, before using the clean side of cloth to buff excess oil away to give a shiny (but not greasy) look.
Porcelain or Ceramic
Lightly clean your sink every day to prevent a build up of soap scum grease and dirt, but avoid abrasive cleaner which can scratch the surface. To give your sink a deep clean, line the bottom of the sink with paper towels and pour on undiluted bleach. Be sure the area is well ventilated and let the bleach-saturated towels sit for 15-30 minutes, rinsing thoroughly with water once done and wipe dried with a dish towel.
Hand Painted Kitchens
A Mudd & Co kitchen is lovingly hand crafted and completed with several coats of high-quality paint by a team of artisan painters. There are a few tips and tricks to keep your cabinets in tip top condition and looking as good as new for many years to come.
Along with keeping your cabinets regularly cleaned and dusted down, you may find more stubborn dirt that requires something stronger than a wipe down with a damp cloth. In the case of sticky films and light stains, we recommend a mixture of well-diluted vinegar and water. For an extra boost – and a more pleasant scent – you can also use lemon juice. Once you’ve removed the stain using a soft cloth, be sure to give the entire cabinet a thorough wipe down (including tops and bottoms) with a weak liquid soap and water mix in order to leave your cabinets in top condition. Wipe down with a dry cloth, making sure to follow the grain direction of the wood.
For dirt has worked its way into the wood and therefore requires a bit of elbow grease, we suggest using a paste that is made up of mixing baking soda and a little water together. Apply the paste to the area in questions and scrub with a fine sponge (nothing too harsh or with a coarse texture) or toothbrush, working the baking soda into the panel before wiping away. Again, make sure to give your cabinets a thorough wipe down as the above to leave your panels looking their best.
Hand Painted Furniture
From kitchen tables, to dining room chairs, hall settles and benches, your painted furniture can see a lot of usage through the years. To keep them looking fresh, follow the steps below.
Regularly dusting over your painted furniture with a lint free cloth or duster will keep the paint colour looking fresh and new, as well as stopping dust and dirt to settle on the surface. It’s also good to dust your furniture before a deeper clean like the ones listed below to avoid dirt scratching the surface. Minor stains and lightly soiled areas are easily cleaned using a small amount of washing up liquid mixed with water and wiping over with a damp cloth, paying particular attention to dirty areas. One clean, wipe over with a water dampened cloth and dry immediately.
Applying a light layer of paint to retouch your painted furniture’s colour is a great way to keep it looking as good as new, and ensures your furniture is futureproofed for many years to come. This can be done by sanding the furniture down until the natural grain is visible, using a good quality primer and applying at least two coats of your paint colour of choice. This can be done when you want to refurbish your items or give them a new look when you change your colour scheme.