The steps you take to take care of your home are an important part of the interior, especially with regard to the kitchen. Keeping everything polished and refreshed will keep this busy room alive year after year and improve the resale value of your home.
Here are seven kitchen maintenance tasks that you can add to your 2020 list.
Seal your counters
The counters have become very worn over the years, even the stone counters, which are known for their durability. Schedule a six-monthly sealing to maintain the flawless quality of your worktop.
The approach you choose will depend on the material used on your countertops. If you have wood counters, sand them down and apply a coat of Varathan. If you have granite countertops, use one of the Top granite sealers for repairs. You can polish tired laminate counters with shine to make them look brand new.
Clean the garbage disposal
Waste disposal also needs a little love. If you clean them regularly, they remain operational and reduce all mysterious smells in your kitchen. Since a garbage disposal can be costly to replace, it’s important to add it to your monthly maintenance list.
First drop some lemon pieces in the waste disposal and let them go through. Then add vinegar and boiling water to keep things fresh.
Touch your backsplash
When was the last time you scrubbed your backsplash? Schedule a thorough cleaning with a toothbrush at least once a month to get into the grout.
Rework all for annual maintenance broken tiles or broken joint compound and consider adding a fresh layer of paint to bring your backsplash back to life.
Change your range filter
Area filters are often overlooked during home maintenance. On average, these devices should be replaced at least once a year. When replacing the filter, take some time to wipe the nooks and crannies of the area where dust and food splashes collect.
If you have an older oven, this is also a good time to thoroughly clean the items and catch trays.
Clean the inside of your devices
Your refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee pots, toasters, and microwaves need a good exfoliator from time to time. Schedule a quarterly cleaning routine that involves running a cleaning container through your dishwasher and taking the time to descale your coffee machine.
Take your crisper and shelves out of the fridge to scrub them during the process. Throw all scientific experiments out of the refrigerator and use vinegar to kill germs and spores.
Polish wooden cabinets
You can look at your old wooden cabinets with dismay and think how much it would cost to paint or replace them. However, sometimes they just need a good polish. This task should be done once a year.
Wipe your cabinets with a degreasing agent to remove any splashes that have accumulated over time. Use a moderately abrasive sponge to make sure the stains get harder. Then dry the cabinets with a soft towel and Apply furniture polish in a circular motion. You will be shocked at how new and alive your closets look.
Wipe out your closets
Extinguishing your closets serves two purposes. First and foremost, you can use it to remove crumbs that attract pests. Second, it offers the ability to dispose of expired or stale food that is taking up space.
Schedule this task at least twice a year. Take everything out of the cabinets and wipe them clean with a mixture of hot water and vinegar. Don’t forget to do the same for your drawers by taking the time to wash and reorganize dishes.
By adding these simple tasks to your maintenance calendar, your kitchen will always look new and avoid costly downtime. How could you start the new decade better than with a shiny, happy kitchen?