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Kitchen Cleaning Tips When Selling Your House
It’s not surprising that deep cleaning the kitchen might feel like a daunting task, especially when you plan on selling your home. However, your entire space will sparkle again in no time with some powerful kitchen cleaners and hopefully some Eco-friendly products, along with a bit of elbow grease.
Your kitchen has the power to make or break a home sale and is one of the first rooms prospective buys want to see.
How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets
The tops of kitchen cabinets can be nasty and probably need a good cleaning. Remove all items. Dust the tops of the cabinets (unless connected to the ceiling) using a handheld vacuum or duster to eliminate all dust and other loose debris. Then, wipe down the top and inside the cabinets with an all-purpose cleaner.
Cleaning Kitchen Countertops and Sink
Remove any objects from the counters, such as appliances and knife blocks, and use a disinfectant spray or cleaning wipes to disinfect all surfaces and corners. If you cook with raw meat at home, the kitchen sink is probably the germiest place in the house. To eliminate any bacteria lurking inside the sink, scrub it well with a disinfectant or bleach solution.
A great natural alternative to the usual kitchen cleaners is baking soda. It’s fantastic for cleaning your countertops. First, wipe off the counters with a moist towel sprinkled with baking soda. Next, spend extra time on any stained areas, removing discolored patches with small circular strokes.
Then, sprinkle baking soda in your kitchen sink. This gentle cleaning effectively removes odors, stains, and food particles without abrasive or hazardous chemicals.
How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Smelling Fresh
Few things are as unpleasant as a foul-smelling garbage disposal. To remedy this, use a suitable disposal cleaner like the Plink Citrus Orange Garbage Disposer Cleaner and Deodorizer, or make your own by using lemon ice cubes.
Just combine lemon slices, rock salt, and water in an ice cube tray. Once the cubes are frozen, pour them down the drain and run your garbage disposal until the ice has disintegrated. Cleaning your garbage disposal helps remove any muck and filth as rock salt scrubs the blades. In addition, the lemon helps to keep the smell of your sink nice and fresh. Disposal
Scrub the Kitchen Walls
Use a dust mop to clean the ceiling and corners of the walls. Check for any dirty spots on the walls that need cleaning. Spot wash air vents, doorknobs, doors, and switch plates.
The walls in the kitchen will most likely need deep cleaning as mixers and blenders can slosh goop all over the walls. If necessary, paint the walls a bright, neutral color.
Cleaning The Range Hood Filter
The hood vent filter on your stove can quickly become greasy, filthy, and disgusting. Here’s how to clean it. First, boil 1/2 cup baking soda in a big pot of water. Next, soak the filter in the pot.
Soak each side separately if your pot doesn’t have enough room for the entire filter. Then, turn the filter over and soak the other side. It’s going to be hot, so wear gloves! Of course, you can also buy a new filter!
Fresh Paint Ideas
The beauty of life in the kitchen is color. Paint your kitchen walls or cabinets to add some freshness. Choosing the right hue creates a bright, attractive, and inviting environment. When it comes to selecting kitchen cabinet finishes and matching them to the color of your walls, there are a lot of options. A nice, fresh coat of paint can work wonders in the kitchen, as well as the rest of the house.
Kitchen Lighting is Important
Since the kitchen is just about the most important room in a home, it must have the proper lighting. Kitchen lighting is important to me, and I don’t even cook that much. I never use the big fluorescent fixture in the ceiling, as it makes the room look like I’m in Walmart. Instead, I installed warm but bright, under-counter task lighting, giving the kitchen a more inviting look.
So, swap out that big fluorescent fixture for standard tungsten or LED ceiling lighting. Add under cabinet lighting for a more comprehensive and fulfilling lighting experience. The under-counter task lighting plus a warm ceiling light will give the kitchen enough light to work without looking like an operating room. When showing your home, buyers will be impressed.
Potential buyers will have an emotional response when they see your home. It must be inviting and give the buyer a sense of what it will be like for their family to live there. Cleaning your kitchen is the most critical and least expensive step in having your house ready to sell quickly. It’s crucial to clean it properly.
You want all potential buyers to see a clean and well-kept home. The more your home looks ready to be moved into, the quicker it will sell.