August Refresh – Daily Cleaning Plan Week 1 – Kitchen

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Let’s face it, the last thing you want to do over the summer holiday is carry out a deep clean of your entire house! But with the finer weather and some time off work August is actually the perfect time to throw open the windows and doors to air the house, give it a good scrubbing and wash all of the soft furnishings and hang them out to dry in the fresh air.

Our August refresh daily cleaning plan will help you clean your home from top to bottom a little bit at a time so that by the time back to school comes around your house is gleaming but with only a little bit of time and effort invested every day.

For week 1 we focus on the kitchen – arguably the most time consuming and most important room of the house to keep clean. We have kept the plan to 5 days so you can have the weekend off!

All of our tips avoid use of chemical cleaning products which are unpleasant for both you and the environment. In addition harsh and abrasive cleaning products can damage your surfaces/appliances/furnishings.

Day 1 – Fridge and Freezer

  • Empty fridge/freezer completely of all foods, racks, trays and accessories.
  • Sort and throw away expired foods or anything that’s been in there for longer than 1 year.
  • Store remaining food in an ice box or a neighbours fridge/freezer to stop it warming/defrosting.
  • Defrost freezer completely.
  • Clean and sanitize all racks, trays and accessories using your HAAN Hand Held steamer. The HAAN HandiPro Portable range of steamers is excellent for all hand held steaming.
  • Steam clean fridge/freezer interior and exterior with your HAAN Hand Held steamer to deep clean and sanitize. Leave to air dry.
  • Properly repackage (and label with name & date all items to be returned to the freezer) and arrange food correctly. Check out this article for advice on how to store food properly in the fridge/freezer.

Day 2 – Oven and Hob (and Microwave if Required)

  • Remove all racks, trays and accessories.
  • Thoroughly clean both sides of the racks and trays using your HAAN Hand Held steamer with the Wire Bristle Brush attachment. Make sure to angle the brush into awkward corners to catch all rogue grime. Rinse with clean water and dry using a clean towel.
  • Moving onto the oven interior, using a spatula scrape off and dispose of as much of the charred debris as you can. Move your trash can over to the oven to do this so you’re not dropping dirt, oil and grime all over your floor.
  • Use your HAAN Hand Held steamer to steam the oven interior (including the internal door surfaces) to loosen dried on grime and the Wire Bristle Brush attachment to scrub if required. If an area of your oven is particularly grimy, hold the steam cleaner over it for a few additional seconds to loosen before running the steam cleaner over it again. Rinse with clean water and leave to air dry with the oven doors open. If your oven is particularly soiled a baking soda/vinegar solution left on the surface for 10-20 mins prior to steaming will help to loosen the grime.
  • Finish with the oven exterior. Pass your HAAN Hand Held steamer over the surface and use the Wire Bristle Brush attachment to scrub if required. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry using a clean towel.
  • Move onto your hob. Remove all loose food and debris, making it easier to see which areas need special attention. Use your HAAN Hand Held steamer to steam the hob to loosen dried on grime. Hold the steam cleaner over particularly soiled areas for a few additional seconds to loosen before running the steam cleaner over it again. Rinse with clean water and dry using a clean cloth. Apply some white vinegar to the hob using a clean cloth and buff for an extra shine.

Day 3 - Cupboards and Pantry

  • Remove all items from all cupboards/pantry.
  • Sort and throw away expired foods or anything that’s been in there for longer than 1 year.
  • Vacuum out the cupboards/pantry and wipe down using a clean damp cloth to remove all loose food and debris.
  • Sanitize all cupboards/pantry using the the HAAN Hand Held steamer using the appropriate attachments for the space and leave to air dry with the doors open before returning all times neatly.

Day 4 - Kitchen Sink and Countertops

  • Remove all items, jars, appliances and clutter from your countertop and around your sink.
  • Wipe down your countertop and rinse out your sink using a damp cloth and clean water to remove loose debris.
  • Starting with the countertop use your HAAN Hand Held steamer with Garment/Upholstery Attachment and Cleaning Sock to steam the countertop. Move slowly and smoothly across the whole surface in a regular patter to avoid missing any areas. If an area of your countertop is particularly grimy, hold the steam cleaner over it for a few additional seconds to loosen before running the steam cleaner over it again. Rinse with a damp cloth and clean water.
  • Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the countertop surface to ensure the removal of any residues or dampness and buff to a nice shine.
  • Moving on to the sink use your HAAN Hand Held steamer to steam the sink to remove oil, grease and grime. If an area of your sink is particularly grimy, hold the steam cleaner over it for a few additional seconds to loosen before running the steam cleaner over it again. Rinse with clean water and leave to air dry. If your sink is particularly soiled a baking soda/vinegar solution left on the surface for 10-20 mins prior to steaming will help to loosen the grime.
  • For the faucets and handles, use the HAAN Hand Held steamer with Concentrator Nozzle to steam clean and sanitize making sure you work into all the hard-to-reach areas. The Wire Bristle Brush can be used on the faucets if required but be careful to avoid scratching your sink surface. Thoroughly rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Day 5 - Floor

  • Remove all items from the floor and move all furniture.
  • Vacuum the floor surface thoroughly to remove all loose dirt, debris and dust.
  • Steam clean the floor using an upright steam cleaner such as the HAAN MultiForce to fully clean and sanitize. The HAAN MultiForce range of steamers benefit from a scrubbing motion which is ideal for removing stuck on grime on kitchen floors.
  • Allow floor to air dry before replacing items and furniture.

Keep your eye out for next weeks post which will be focused on cleaning your bathroom. Happy Steaming :)

*As always, before you roll up your sleeves and make a start be careful to check and follow all manufacturers’ instructions as all surfaces/appliances/furnishings are different. 

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2 Responses to August Refresh – Daily Cleaning Plan Week 1 – Kitchen

  1. Linda Burnham says:

    I just got the pads I ordered for my steamer. They are narrow and the other ones I have are wider? What can I do?

    • haan says:

      Sounds like you have ordered the incorrect pads for your steamer Linda but without the steamer model number and pad product number it is difficult to be sure. Please contact our customer care center at 877-422-6347 – they will be able to check and advise.

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