How clean is your home? During these uncertain times, it’s almost impossible to be too sure. Life can be messy, and it’s impossible to avoid having to constantly sanitize important spaces in your home in order to slow or prevent the spread of disease. However, even your typical daily activities could carry an added risk, so many people are turning to professional sanitizing services in order to keep their homes clean.
Here at FP Property Restoration, we sympathize with the difficult situation you find yourself in, particularly as COVID-19 continues to impact the world. We also understand that you want to do everything you can to keep your home safe and sanitary, so this month we’ll be offering some valuable tips you can follow that will keep your home cleaner and freer of potentially harmful microbes like viruses and bacteria. First, we’ll start with arguably the most important room in your home for sanitation: your kitchen.
Perhaps the highest-traffic surfaces in your kitchen are your countertops. You set things on them, cook on them, use them to support things you’re working on, and even use them to store certain things that may not fit in cabinets or cupboards. High-quality countertops are mandatory for a high-quality kitchen, and that means you need to keep those countertops clean.
Start by scrubbing down your countertops to remove dirt and grime, as these impede your cleaner’s ability to truly disinfect the surfaces in your kitchen. Ideally, use disinfecting wipes or an antibacterial disinfecting cleaner to scrub down your countertops at least once every two weeks. Ideally, a quick scrub after completing each post-meal cleanup should help you keep a cleaner kitchen for significantly longer. However, good cleaning materials are in short supply. If you can’t find a good cleaner anywhere and your home’s supply has run out, pick up a bottle of hydrogen peroxide instead. Spray it on a surface and leave it to sit on the surface for at least one minute. Then use a paper towel or cleaning rag to wipe it away. Hydrogen peroxide is not corrosive, so it’s safe to use on metal surfaces, but it can discolor fabrics. Don’t use the good kitchen towels to wipe it down after spraying it. You should also use it in a well-ventilated area, so open a window when cleaning.
Run Your Dishwasher Frequently
Your dishwasher is a great tool for not only getting those tough, stuck-on stains off of your dishes, but for sanitizing them as well. Dishwashers blast your dishes with incredibly hot water, keeping them cleaner. And the best part: because dishwashers are so common, almost all types of kitchen tools and materials can be placed into the dishwasher. The only things you should avoid are hand-painted porcelains or ceramics, cast iron, and things with wooden handles like cooking knives. Use plenty of soap and disinfecting liquid if you have it. Also, don’t be afraid to run the “heavy wash” cycle to give all of your dishes a thorough scrubbing. And don’t overload your dishwasher, either: too many dishes actually takes away from its ability to properly clean everything.
Clean Stove Burners or Coils
One high-traffic space you may not think about all that often is your cooktop. The burners on your stove or the metal heating elements that your pots and pans rest on as well as the metal spill catchers that surround them can attract bacteria, particularly as food spills onto them. It’s good to periodically deep-clean your cooktop and remove the spilled food that may have become stuck to these areas, as it may be a source of bacteria. These burners and spill catchers are often dishwasher safe, meaning they can be scrubbed and then disinfected along with the rest of your dishes in an appliance you likely already frequently utilize.
Clean Your Oven
The inside of your oven is also one area that is often tremendously overlooked when cleaning your kitchen. There’s a good reason for this: when you consider the cooking temperatures that the inside of your oven reaches, it’s hard to imagine any microbes surviving in there. This may be true, that doesn’t mean bacteria can’t settle inside it, particularly between cooking cycles. If you have a lot of food scraps stuck to the bottom of your oven, a dirty heating coil, or metal racks that are littered with caked-on food, then this should be a target for disinfecting. We advise at least once every other month or so. You can often find a high-strength oven cleaner chemical in the cleaning aisle at most stores that sell cleaning supplies.
Finally, you’ll want to disinfect the other appliances and tools you use frequently, particularly the surfaces you touch. Use a cleaning spray to disinfect the buttons and the inside of your microwave oven, as well as the control buttons or knobs on your toaster oven, your blender, your coffee maker, your ice dispenser, and any other appliances you may have in your kitchen. Wipe down the inside of your refrigerator, as bacteria can survive in those kinds of temperatures. And finally, if you have any spoiled food in your refrigerator or freezer, remove it and throw it away immediately, as it is a magnet for bacteria and virus growth.
Need help keeping your kitchen clean? Looking for the peace of mind of knowing that your surfaces are truly sterile and safe to use? Call the professionals at FP Property Restoration at (888) 408-2335 now to request a consultation for your home disinfecting service.