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Posted: October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Regular cleaning of your gas cook stove will keep it looking as good as the day you bought it, but you need to take care with the cleaning products you use on your gas stove or oven. Many commercial cleansers and abrasives will cause discoloration and can scratch gas stove and oven surfaces.
Before cleaning any gas stove or oven surface, be sure the unit is off and completely cooled. Steam burns can occur from wiping a hot surface with a wet cloth or sponge. Follow these guidelines for care and cleaning without damaging your gas stove or gas oven surfaces.

Surface Burners and Burner Box

Most newer gas stove models have sealed stovetop burners. This means they are completely sealed off from the burner box (area of the stovetop below the metal cook top). Sealed burners should never be removed by home owners – it’s a job only for professionals during installation and service. Sealed burners also mean that food and spills cannot spill into the burner box, so removing the burners is not necessary in order to clean the stovetop. If you have an older model stove with a lift-up cook top, follow your manufacturer’s instructions for opening the surface for cleaning.

Regular cleaning of spills will lessen your cleaning work load. Wipe your stovetop after each use when it has cooled. Clean burners with dish soap and a plastic scouring pad. Stubborn cooked-on spills can be cleaned with a mild abrasive cleanser and a cloth, or make a paste from baking soda and water for a mild homemade alternative. Wash removable burner grates in a sink full of warm, soapy dishwater with a plastic scouring pad. Rinse all parts with warm clear water and dry.

Be careful to avoid the gas ports on your burners. If they should become plugged with debris, poke the ports clean with a toothpick or straight pin, or brush gently with a soft-bristled brush. For pilot-less stoves, check the port and area below the igniter wire and clear it as well. Debris left under the igniter can keep the gas burner from lighting.

Clean the solid cook top surface with soapy water. Avoid abrasives and harsh chemicals as they can damage the surface of stove top finishes like porcelain enamel. Rubbing alcohol and household ammonia diluted with water (1:1 ratio) are other good stove top cleansers that will leave your top shining.

Controls

Remove control knobs and wash them in warm, soapy water. For clocks and display areas, wipe with a damp cloth and dry. If you are cleaning the display with glass cleaner, spray it first on a cloth and not directly on the surface to avoid cleaner seeping inside the mechanisms. Replace controls after they are cleaned and turn each one on briefly to ensure proper replacement.

Oven Door

The oven door on nearly all ovens is removable for easier cleaning. Avoid soaking the door or window with excessive amounts of water; it can seep inside and caused staining or discoloration. Wash the door and window with soap and water and rinse with clear water. Use glass cleaner only if sprayed on a cloth first. Do not use abrasive pads, powdered cleaners, or steel wool on glass and enamel, or the surfaces will be scratched.

Oven Interior

Mild abrasive cleaners and plastic pads can be used inside the oven. Metal scouring pads will scratch the oven’s surface. Commercial oven cleaners should be used according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Acidic spills (like tomato and milk bases) should be wiped up as soon as possible to prevent discoloration of the porcelain. To absorb a spill when it is hot, pour salt on it and wipe it up when the oven has cooled. A mildly abrasive baking soda and water paste can be used in the oven, too.

Remove oven racks and clean them in warm, soapy water. Stubborn messes can be cleaned by using mild abrasive cleansers or a soap filled scouring pad. Rinse and dry the racks before returning them to the oven. For easier cleaning of oven racks, soak and wash them in the bathtub – they fit much better into a bath.

Trim

Spills and drips from fat, grease, and acidic foods like tomatoes should be wiped up immediately using a paper towel to keep your trim and finishes from discoloring.

Metal trim can be cleaned with glass cleaners or mild cleansers, soap and water. Abrasives or cleaners made for oven interiors should not be used. Plastic trim pieces are best cleaned with a glass cleaner on a soft cloth. Any abrasives and harsh cleansers can cause pitting and discoloration to oven surfaces, and so should not be used.

For a good, general, all-around cleaner for your gas stove and gas oven, use warm, soapy water. Avoid anything that is very caustic or abrasive. Baking soda and water pastes are good back-up, mild abrasives. When using commercial cleansers, read the manufacturer’s directions to be sure it is safe for use on your stove’s finishes. Consistent care and cleaning of your gas stovetop and oven will keep your appliance shining and new looking.

The kitchen sink should be one of the cleanest surfaces in our home. Unfortunately, quite often, the kitchen sink is full of germs. After all, the kitchen sink sees a lot of action.
We rinse our fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, poultry, and almost anything we can think of in the sink. We drain our pots and pans into the sink. We wash dishes, glasses, and silverware in the sink.

Sometimes, we even toss a child or two in the kitchen sink for a nighttime bath. Maybe we even rinse the pet’s dishes and toys in the kitchen sink.

Unfortunately, simply rinsing the kitchen sink until it looks clean is not going to keep it germ free. Regular cleaning and sanitizing should take place in order to protect your family from germs and bacteria. Different types of sinks require different types of cleaning solutions. However, they can all benefit from a simple sanitizing procedure that works to deter germs and bacteria from taking roost.

To sanitize the kitchen sink, you have three basic options. You can purchase a commercial disinfectant and use it according to the directions that are included on its label. Commercial disinfectants are available in most home improvement stores, discount stores, supermarkets, and online.

For ceramic and cast iron sinks, you can prepare a solution of one part liquid chlorine bleach to sixteen parts water. You cannot use this solution on stainless steel sinks. Additionally, you need to exercise caution when using a solution that includes liquid chlorine bleach. Pour it slowly and be careful not to get any on surfaces that will undergo damage.

An application of undiluted white vinegar on the sink is another option that you can use. For the best results, apply the vinegar using a clean cloth to ensure that the entire sink is treated with it.

Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel sinks should always be thoroughly rinsed after every use, not only to keep them clean, but also, to prevent potential pitting. Acids and salts have the potential to damage the finish of a stainless steel sink, so it is important to avoid leaving foods that contain these in the sink.

Mild soap and a nylon sponge can be used for daily cleaning of a stainless steel sink. Also, an all purpose cleaner or a glass cleaner can be used to clean the sink as well. Always rinse the sink clean after using a cleaner or soap and then dry it with a soft cloth.

If spots are a problem with your sink, a clean cloth soaked in vinegar can help to remove these. To keep the finish of the sink at its finest, you should avoid using all of the following when cleaning the sink: bleach, ammonia, and abrasive cleaners. Also, you should avoid using abrasive sponges and steel wool pads on the sink, as they tend to damage the finish.

Wetting the entire surface of the sink and liberally sprinkling baking soda onto the sink’s surface is the best way to deal with stubborn stains. Use a nylon scrubbing sponge to work the baking soda in and then rinse the sink thoroughly clean.

Stubborn mineral residue can be dealt with by lining the entire sink with paper towels soaked in white vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit undisturbed for several minutes, up to a half hour, and then toss them in the trash. Use a nylon scrubbing sponge saturated with soapy water to scrub the area clean. Rinse the sink completely when finished. Remember to dry the ink with a clean soft cloth for the best results.

Stubborn stains can be dealt with by using a commercial stainless steel cleaner according to the directions included with it. Rinse and dry the sink afterwards.

Cast Iron Sinks

Cast iron sinks should be thoroughly rinsed after each use in order to promote cleanliness. Moreover, this type of sink benefits from a thorough frying with a clean cloth after it has been rinsed. To clean a cast iron sink thoroughly, wet the entire surface of the sink. Liberally sprinkle baking soda onto the sink’s surface.

Use a clean nylon cleaning sponge to scrub the baking soda onto the sink. Rinse the sink clean from all baking soda residue. Avoid abrasive cleaners when cleaning a cast iron sink. The best way to treat stains in a cast iron sink is to avoid them in the first place. Never place any item into the sink that might possibly leave a stain on the sink’s finish. Avoid leaving dirty dishes, pots, or pans in the sink. Additionally, do not leave tea bags, coffee grounds, or cans in the sink.

Ceramic Sinks

Ceramic sinks can easily be cleaned with a cleanser in a gel or creamy solution. This helps avoid scratches on your sink. It is important not to use abrasive cleaners on ceramic sinks. For stubborn stains on ceramic sinks, repeat the cleaning with a bit more effort. If the stain persists, attempt to remove it using a clean cloth soaked in club soda.

Faucets and Handles

Faucets and handles can easily be cleaned with a mild soapy solution. If fingerprints or water spots remain, use a clean cloth soaked in white vinegar and wipe them clean. The vinegar also sanitizes the faucets and handles.

When you think about it, you practically spend as much time in your kitchen as you do your bedroom — and it can get just as messy. Follow our easy plan to keep it looking more fab than frat-house.

Clean Weekly:

  • Appliance faces: Use a mild cleaner or make a paste of baking soda and water to clean. Dissolve grease on the stovetop with a sponge soaked in white vinegar.
  • Microwave: Soak the turntable in sudsy water while you wipe up interior splatters. Or try a steam clean: Fill a microwave-safe glass with 2 cups of water and either 1 teaspoon of vanilla or a few slices of lemon. Run on high for 5 minutes and wipe the sweet-smelling interior clean with a paper towel.  Here’s some more expert advice on cleaning your microwave.
  • Countertops: Spray on an all-purpose cleaner (or run disposable wipes over the surface) and let it sit 10 minutes.
  • Sink: Pour down several quarts of boiling water to flush out grease. Follow with 1 cup of white vinegar and scrub the basin with baking soda.
  • Floors: Wash tile or stone floors with 1 cup vinegar and 1 gallon of water. For icky grout, mix 1 Tbl. bleach and 2 cups warm water. Scrub with an old toothbrush.

Clean Monthly:

  • Oven: If you don’t have a self-clean oven, sprinkle salt on the residue while the oven is still warm. When it cools, scrape it up with a spatula and wipe clean with a cloth. Got stuck-on crud? Use a nylon scrubby sponge dipped in soapy hot water.
  • Fridge: Wash the interior with a solution of baking soda and warm water, about 1/2 cup of baking soda for every gallon of water. Clean the drain pan and vacuum underneath the refrigerator. Read more fridge-cleaining tips here.
  • Garbage can: Hose it down with hot water; then spray with a disinfectant.
  • Cabinets: Wipe them down with 1/2 cup white vinegar or a solution of 1/4 cup liquid oil soap and 1 gallon of warm water.
  • Dishwasher: Run a complete cycle with an empty machine (just detergent) for a clean, deodorized space.

The question of how to clean a mattress comes up fairly often, especially when you’re expecting out of town visitors.

Remember that a mattress is a piece of upholstery – except that it catches and holds unpleasant things like dust mites, dead skin, and odors.

If you’ve never had a Kirby demonstration in your home, have one. It’s a real eye-opener! When they do the mattress with the attachment that allows you to see how much stuff they are pulling out, it is horrifying.

So the first step in cleaning your mattress will be to vacuum, and vacuum, and vacuum some more. Flip the mattress and repeat. Do your pillows while you’re at it.

If the mattress truly needs cleaning, use an upholstery cleaner, and be careful not to soak it. A foam cleaner, or a dry cleaner would be best. You don’t need mold on top of it!

To eliminate odors and allergens, spray it down with FeBreeze allergy formula. You can do this every time you change the sheets.

Make sure you’re changing your sheets and washing them in hot water once a week. Wash or clean your blankets or comforters as needed. It’s nice to have washable ones so you can do them once a month. If you have dry clean bedding, I would suggest removing it at night when you’re going to sleep. But I guess that’s a personal choice. I’m all about avoiding extra housework!

If you have stains, Pet stain remover works great. Honest! I use Oxy Solution by Simple Solution.

Do you have company coming over? No time to whip your house into tip top shape? No problem! Check out these quick and simple tips to get a clean home in 30 minutes.

Declutter (4 minutes)

Pass through key rooms, picking up the following:
Catalogs, bills, and newspapers
Pets’ toys
Handbags and shoes
Sports equipment
Stray DVDs

Wipe Down (10 minutes)

Spray an all-purpose cleaner on your kitchen countertop and wipe away grime.
Remove fingerprints from stainless steel surfaces using a glass cleaner.
Wipe down the dining table (if you have hardwood, just remove dust with a damp rag or microfiber cloth).
Spray the bathroom sink, vanity, and counters with an all-purpose disinfectant.
Wipe down the outer edge of the tub (it’s something all guests will see) and pull the curtain or shower door closed.
Clean the mirror with vinegar and wipe with newsprint (it works).
Spritz all outside surfaces of the toilet with disinfectant before moving inside.
Liftthe toilet seat lid and spray cleaner on the top and bottom, then squeeze bowl cleaner under the rim. Scrub under the rim and inside the bowl. Flush.

Swiff (5 minutes)

Swiff your coffee table after spraying it with an all-purpose cleaner. Next, swiff the TV (including screen), entertainment center, frames and collectibles. Then swiff the floors in the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.

Empty (2 minutes)

Clear out the sink and put dishes into the dishwasher.
Empty the wastepaper basket.
Take out the trash.

 

Restock (4 minutes)

Put out fresh hand towels, a box of tissues, extra TP, air freshener, and soap.
Do a chair count and haul out the extras.
Replenish your table with fresh placemats if there are stains on the current set.
Fill the napkin holder.

Display (4 minutes)

Take out serving dishes and wine glasses (check for smudge spots).
Fluff and arrange throw pillows and couch cushions.
Make an instant centerpiece by throwing fruit into a decorative bowl.
Dim the lights and light candles. Nothing hides cleaning imperfections better.
Put on your game face. People are at the door!

Do you know a good way to change your view of the world in just a couple of hours? By deep cleaning your window, that’s how!

Okay, enough with the corny jokes and onto some good cleaning tips.

Today I’m going to teach you a few tricks on how to get and keep your windows clean. It’s important to keep them sparkling because it can dramatically change the way your whole home looks. Dirty, dingy windows give a dirty, dingy view of the outside and can give a dulled appearance to the inside as well.

So, here’s a few tricks and tips on how to get the windows spic and span!

Supplies needed: white vinegar, lemon juice, empty spray bottle, microfiber washcloths, sturdy sponge, vacuum with attachments, white shoe polish

 

How to clean the blinds: Blinds are such a pain, aren’t they? No one really likes the look of them, yet they’re a necessity for privacy and shade. They are also one of the first things in the house that dust collects on, and it is extremely noticeable when you don’t make a habit of dusting them.

To clean the blinds, begin with all of the slats facing down. Take your vacuum out and use one of your attachments (I like the brush tool) to vacuum off the dust and dirt. Once you’re done if you notice any spots or stains, grab a warm, damp washcloth and scrub until it comes off. If your drawstring for the blinds is looking a little worse for wear, try to clean it yourself with some good old fashioned elbow grease and a soapy rag. When that doesn’t work, a good trick I’ve used is to coat dingy areas with some shoe polish (typically white, but it depends on what color your blinds are.)

How to clean the window sill:  The window sill and window track are two things that are very noticeable if you don’t clean them often. Dirt and dust stick easily, and even mold has been known to pop up if there’s been a lot of moisture outside. To clean the window sill, start by making a mixture of vinegar and water in your empty spray bottle. Shake well and spray generously on the window sill and window track. Take a microfiber cleaning towel and scrub until it’s gleaming again. Once you’re done cleaning, be sure to wipe up any excess liquid on the window sill.

How to clean the window glass: Now here comes the fun part. Getting a streak-free shine is no easy feat, but it’s easily done when you add lemon juice to the window sill cleaner that you just mixed up a few minutes ago. Spray generously on the glass. Starting in the upper left hand corner, make an s shape while you’re wiping the cleaner off, all the way until you reach the bottom right hand corner. Repeat on the outside pane.

How to clean the drapes/ curtains: Cleaning your drapes or your curtains regularly can make a dramatic impact on the way your home looks. Drapes and curtains can hold a lot of dust and dirt before they start to look dirty. Call Kiwi Services for regular drapery cleanings and our techs will clean the drapes right where they hang. There’s no need to bring them in or send them with us.

So there you have it. I hope I’ve changed your view of the world just a little bit! Happy cleaning!