Filled with family and food, Christmas is our favourite time of year. Bristling with the merry feeling that lasts throughout the festive season, we can’t help but have a smile on our faces all month. Now more than ever, we love having friends and family round for dinners and drinks.
Sometimes, though, it can all put a bit of a strain on our homes. Suddenly, the kitchen is being put through its paces, and when the season is done and dusted, you’re left with a bit of a Christmas aftermath.
We previously put together a list of how to prepare your kitchen for the big Christmas cook and if you followed this, there shouldn’t be too much of a Christmas clean-up to contend with. But if you were too busy enjoying the mince pies and mulled wine to do a pre-Christmas clear-out before Christmas, fear not: here are five ways to restore your home post-festivities.
We’re all a little guilty of neglecting floors; it starts with the odd crumb here and there and, suddenly, it’s as though the thing has never been cleaned.
If you’ve got carpet, you can add some specialist cleaning to tackle the dirt more deeply, while if you’ve got laminate or tiled floors, a mop and a bucket are your new best friends. If your floors are wooden, they may have taken a bit of a battering when you’ve had lots of guests round. Did you know that if your wood is scratched, you can use a walnut to repair it? It sounds crazy but the oil in the walnut works wonders. Give it a go: simply rub the affected area with a walnut and then wipe it with a cloth. The results are surprising. It could even be your new party trick.
From hobs and extractor fans to sinks, taps and appliances, stainless steel can be a nightmare to maintain. Any smudge shows up instantly, and the marks caused by water seem to be never-ending. So it’s time to give it all a good polish to restore its natural shine.
Luckily, Ovenu cleans your hobs as well as your oven, so we can remove any marks for you, though if you’re looking to clean these yourself, we’ve got a top tip for you: did you know you can use a lemon to clean stainless steel? To ensure there aren’t any grimy marks or fingerprints on it, cut a lemon in half and rub it into the metal. Then wipe it down with a cloth and your appliances will be so shiny you’ll be able to see your reflection in them again.
It’s so easy to make a mess with the microwave; food spills and dries quickly, and before you know it, the inside of your appliance looks like the land that cleaning forgot.
Besides the visual downside, this creates a breeding ground for germs, so definitely don’t neglect it.
If you’ve been leaning on your microwave a little more than usual during the festive season with the extra cooking and the sheer variety of foods you need to prepare at precisely the same time, perhaps your microwave is in need of a deep clean.
Now, we’ve told you this little trick a few times before, but it really is a quick and easy way to remove stubborn food stains: wet a sponge and pop it in the microwave, heating it up for 30 seconds at a time.
Alternatively, put some apple cider vinegar, lemon and water in a bowl and heat them for a minute. The steam will help loosen the dirt.
You can also take the glass plate from the turntable and wash it as you would a normal dish.
Don’t forget: the bowl will be hot when you remove it, so be careful not to burn your hands.
Worktops and Cupboards
No matter how hard we try, we cannot keep our worktops and cupboards neat and tidy. But New Year is a great time to do a cull of all the foods you don’t use, freeing up some much-needed cupboard space. This should make enough room for you to store any appliances that are cluttering up your worktop.
Don’t forget to clean under the overhang of your worktop and the top of the cupboard doors. If you’ve ever had a spill, chances are it’s dried in those places and you probably didn’t realise. Run your hand along the underneath of your worktop and you’ll see what we mean.
Let’s face it: the oven does the brunt of the work during the festive season. Whether it’s party food, day-to-day meals or the all-important turkey, it works overtime at Christmas.
It’s important to ensure that ovens are thoroughly and regularly cleaned, as a build-up of dirt and grime can affect their performance.
Here at Ovenu, we pride ourselves on exceptional and eco-friendly oven cleaning whatever the occasion, giving the deepest clean possible. Our highly trained and fully insured expert technicians leave your oven sparkling and looking as good as new. In fact, it will look so good that people will probably think you got a new one from Santa.
Being the largest established oven-cleaning specialists in the world, we clean to a world-class standard, so you’re in good hands.
Looking to get your oven spic and span ready for the New Year? Contact Ovenu today.
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