Beginning in the fall months, the holiday season ramps up. There are parties, gatherings, and holiday meals to prepare for. When the winter arrives and the holiday decorations are put away, the kitchen is ready for a good cleaning. So, why not spend the final winter days welcoming spring with a kitchen refresh?
Get down to the nitty-gritty and clean up from the holiday cooking and baking season with these ideas for a kitchen refresh.
Caring for the things in your home gives you pride in your surroundings. Not only that, but it will extend the life of whatever you really take care of. That saves you money and is environmentally friendly. So, if you are struggling with where to begin, Gulf Coast Appliance Repair has put together this guide to your spring kitchen refresh.
Beginning in October, it is candies, cookies, and punch. Then in November, we make turkey, casseroles, pies, and more pies. And in December comes all the cookies, cakes, pies, large parties, and gatherings galore. Let’s face it; your kitchen takes a real beating over those three months. Once the holiday frenzy is over, and decorations are put away, a good appliance cleanout is in order.
Let’s start with the stovetop and oven, possibly the most utilized appliance during the winter. The stovetop could use a good scrub down, but there are other places we tend to forget. Take off the knobs and clean under them. And don’t forget about the sides between the stovetop and counter. Those pesky crumbs, cookie sprinkles, and soup boil overs tend to stick in there.
Then there is the oven. Grease splatters, casserole bubble overs, and pie drips can really destroy the inside of the oven. If your oven has a self-clean setting, you are in luck. Set that cleaner and let it do its thing. If not, get a good oven cleaner and some gloves and get to work. You will be so happy with the results when you are finished.
The second most used appliance, maybe the fridge. During the holidays, we tend to overstuff the refrigerator to accommodate all family gatherings, visitors, and parties to attend. It may be time to perform a bit of fridge maintenance.
Then your fridge will be fresh and ready for spring lemonade.
No doubt, if you have a large family, the dishwasher has been run a lot. Check the filter at the bottom of the unit and ensure no residue or food particles are built up. Make sure all lines and fittings are leak-free and tight. Then run the dishwasher empty with a cleaner to refresh the entire interior.
The microwave is our best friend for those holiday leftovers. Take a large glass measuring cup of water and set it on 2 minutes. The steam this creates will loosen anything stuck inside the unit. Then wipe it out with a rag or a bit of vinegar and water. Be sure to clean off the exterior with glass cleaner too.
The mixer, the toaster, the coffee maker, and the waffle iron all could use some love after a busy season of use. Don’t forget to give them a good once over cleaning too.
And last but not least, the garbage disposal is ready to be run. Clean it out with tabs purchased at the grocery store and hot water. And voila! Your appliances are clean.
The next logical step would be the kitchen surfaces.
Now that your kitchen is all shiny and clean, there are a few things you can do to brighten it up for the spring.
Adding lightweight items like glass vases can bring a bit of spring indoors. Arrange a small vase of fresh flowers or start a window herb garden. The green space will give you that spring feeling.
An additional way to welcome the spring is with a pop of fresh new color. Whether you paint the entire kitchen, one wall, or just add some fresh new placemats as a pop of color, you will feel refreshed. Visit your local paint store and gather some paint swatches to see which makes you feel like spring has sprung.
Simple spring maintenance to your kitchen will freshen it up and remind you why you love your home. In the meantime, should you notice any issues with your appliances, give your local appliance repair company a call.
Once the entire area is cleaned out, be sure to schedule your seasonal appliance maintenance appointment. You can trust the expert technicians at Gulf Coast Appliance Repair to help you smoothly transition all your home appliances into the spring.