How to properly clean a kitchen… Easy right? It’s one of those things you think you know how to do until your mother-in-law comes to visit… Having been in the industry for a long time, we like to think we know a thing or two about cleaning. Especially cleaning without the use of soaps or harsh chemicals. Just follow these easy steps so your in-laws have to find something else to nit-pick this Christmas.
Gather Your Supplies
You’re going to need a few things to make your job much easier.
- Microfiber cloths
- Zr Water®
- An old toothbrush
- Baking soda
- Step stool
One word. Microfiber. What is the importance of microfiber cloths? We get asked this a lot actually! Let us explain… First off, using paper towels to clean is not just unkind to the environment, but it really isn’t effective.
Cotton towels are a little better since they are reusable and inexpensive but don’t work the way microfibers do. Cotton doesn’t absorb as much so you are leaving a lot of water (and who knows what else) behind.
Microfibers are unusually absorbent, they can hold up to 8 times their own weight! This means they dry faster while picking up more bacteria, dust, and oils than anything else. When used to dry surfaces, microfiber cloths use van der waals force to pull in dust and dirt. That’s the same force that geckos use to stick to walls. They essentially “hoover” up dust particles. Everyone in the cleaning industry raves about microfiber, and for so many good reasons. Studies have shown that microfibers remove the same amount of germs and bacteria without the use of disinfectants.
Top to bottom
When cleaning, remember top to bottom. There is nothing more frustrating than scrubbing the countertop and then realizing the top of the fridge still needs to be cleaned. Everything from the fridge falls down onto your nice clean surface…It’s very counterproductive…
Another helpful tool to learn is CHAT. It is an acronym that stands for Chemical, Heat, Agitation, and Time. Granted, all four of these categories go into cleaning. The more of one you use, the less of another you have to utilize. For example when cleaning dishes if you use hot water, dish soap, and scrub it won’t take as much time. We try to really focus on heat and agitation at Zerorez® and cut down on chemicals and time.
One last helpful hint is the
4 steps to cleaning anything.
- Dry soil removal (sweeping or dusting)
- Soil suspension (Zr Water®)
- Agitation (scrubbing)
- Extraction (wiping with microfiber)
This is a general rule of thumb to clean anything. When followed in this order it is the most efficient way to clean.
For example… Let’s say you want to clean a table after dinner. The first thing you do is wipe off all of the big stuff, right? Then you spray it down (hopefully with Zr Water®) and sometimes take a sponge and scrub the stubborn areas. After that, you wipe it off with a clean cloth.
That is the process to clean anything. Simple right?
Okay back to the list…
Step one: Start at the top.
Kitchen shelves, blinds, top of the fridge, cobwebs. These are the areas you want to focus on before anything else. This is typically the most forgotten step (out of sight, out of mind).
All of those school papers you didn’t know what to do with, sharp items you didn’t want your kids playing with, and empty coke bottles you couldn’t just throw away gathered a lot of dust. It’s usually pretty greasy up there too so you might want to bring up some Zr Water® and scrub it with that. Our Zr water® is perfect for those kinds of surfaces!
While you’re up there, give the tops of those cabinets a good wipe as well. Thereupon, you are going to realize that we all cook with WAY too much cooking oil…
Blinds are tedious. We know this. The best way we have found to clean them is to take something dry (like a microfiber, a duster, or even a vacuum). Knock off all of the loose debris on both sides first then get to work on spraying them down with Zr Water®.
After they are sprayed, take a sponge and scrub. Wipe with a microfiber starting from the top down to end it. See a pattern here? Dry soil removal…soil suspension… agitation… extraction…
Take one last look before moving on to make sure you wiped everything above eye level. Pan racks? Light fixtures? Ceiling fans? Top Cabinets?
Step Two: Cleaning Inside the appliances
For the same reason you start at the top, you want to clean inside the fridge, microwave, and oven (if you’re feeling spirited). All of the food bits, gunk, and debris are going to fall out onto the other surfaces.
When it comes to cleaning a microwave we’ve heard some pretty crazy ideas. Baking soda volcano, nuking a cup of water, mixing lemons and vinegar into water, and setting it for 2 minutes. These might be helpful but really it’s much simpler than that.
Zr Water®. Most of the stains you are attacking are acidic. Tomato sauce, grease, coffee, etc…
Charging those areas with an acid cleaner is not going to be as effective as an alkaline would be. So put down the lemons and the vinegar and pick up Zr Water®. Our Zr water® goes through an electrolysis process where we bump the pH up to a high alkaline. Thus it cleans like a degreaser but it doesn’t leave any chemical residue.
Zerorez®, get it? Spray it inside the microwave and let it sit for 5 min (soil suspension). Scrub it down with a sponge (Agitation). Wipe with a microfiber cloth (extraction). Yes, it’s THAT easy. Don’t forget the face of your microwave. You’re welcome.
Step 3: Countertop Cleaning
Is everything above the counters cleaned? Great! Now it’s time to clean those bad boys. Yes, there is a process to this as well. Take your trusty Zr Water® and spray down every counter in order to give it time to dwell. Time huh… isn’t that one of the parts of CHAT? While we let that dwell, the best thing about Zr Water® is that it contains no harsh chemicals and is completely safe if you over-spray onto your bowl of fruit.
Next, you are going to want to wipe BEHIND everything and set it all back onto the clean surface. Trust us, this is important. If you do it the opposite way you are going to be cleaning the front of the counter over again. Which, if you like cleaning things more than you need to, that would be great. Once your microfiber cloth gets wet, set it aside and get a dry one.
Step 4: Cleaning Bottom Cabinets and Appliances
Another area out of mind because you rarely take a second glance at them. Our Zr Water® is really good about not leaving any smears in your cabinets or stainless steel. As long as you get all of the stuff off of the surface in effect, it won’t streak.
Step 5: Sweep
There is not much to this step, it’s pretty self-explanatory. As a matter of fact, just start at the back of the room and work your way out.
Step 6: Take out the trash
You’re going to want to do this before you mop but after you sweep. In the event that your trash bag has a leak in it, you don’t want to have to mop the floors again.
Step 7: Mop
Do you know what we suggest you use to mop? Zr Water® of course! It’s good for all surfaces! You can even put it in your home steamer in place of soap or detergent and steam your tile floors with it! Once your grout starts to get dark though you may need a toothbrush… or, easier yet, call Zerorez®!
Phew! All done! Consequently, now you can sit back and enjoy your expertly cleaned kitchen. Remember, when it’s time for a professional cleaning, go insanely clean™ with Zerorez®. Without the use of soaps or harsh chemicals, we restore your tile and grout and reseal it so it stays looking great for years to come.