Deep cleaning of 5 forgotten areas in your home’s kitchen
- Zapata’s cleaning services specialize in deep cleaning overlooked kitchen areas.
- These include dishwasher filters, the back of a refrigerator, and vent hood filters.
- Leaving certain areas uncleaned, such as the back of the refrigerator, poses a serious fire and health hazard.
Here is a transcript of the video.
My name is Kellsie Zapata and I am a member of the Zapata Cleaning Services team. Today we’re going to show you how we deep clean a kitchen, especially the areas that are often overlooked.
Many places that are missed are places that are simply not seen. So, for example, you can’t see behind your fridge, you can’t see behind your oven, you can’t see where your cooker hood filter goes. This is something that is often missed. And if items like these aren’t cleaned properly, they won’t last very long and you’ll get a lot of dirt, debris, and buildup.
Most kitchens will have filters. They will always be above the stove. It was an outdoor range hood ventilation filter. So I think maybe being outside made it a lot worse, because of the weather.
So once we put our gloves on, we carefully remove all the parts and then spray them down with our favorite degreaser, which is Dawn Powerwash. The worse the buildup, the longer I’ll let it soak. So these, we let them soak for about 30 good minutes. We turned on the hot water, let it run for a few seconds, then rinsed it all out.
One of their jobs is to capture fat as you cook, and this fat can build up and turn into thick layers of fat. And that’s why you want to clean them regularly, at least once a month, maybe even more if you cook a lot, so that all that grease can be removed and the filter can continue to do its job properly.
We had to get a scrub brush to get some of the parts, but for the most part the Dawn was able to lift it all off. It’s an older one. They all look different, but they all do the same job. Their job is to circulate air and catch grease, which is why you see those brown marks. It’s all fat accumulation. So your filter shouldn’t look like this. If it looks like that, you need to clean it. And it’s important to remember that not cleaning these range hood filters also poses a smoke hazard, because that steam and smoke will remain in that filter.
Here in Georgia we deal with a lot of hard water. So a lot of that buildup, in addition to the grease that you see, a lot of those white marks are just hard water buildup. We put on our gloves. We didn’t want to touch anything in there. And we put on our mask because the smell was very foul. We removed all filter pieces. We soaked it in hot water and vinegar to try and loosen as much food debris. So vinegar is acidic, so it will eat things away. It is a very good natural cleanser. It worked, but there was still stuff baked in there. We went in with the Dawn Powerwash, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then it looked brand new afterward.
Then we tackled the dishwasher. I poured vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher to mask the smell. They stayed there for six months. There was food, just food, pieces of chicken stuck inside. So there’s no way they rinsed the dishes.
Then when I realized how thick the grease was, we had to pull out our Dupray steamer. And once we got our steamer out, it made cleanup so quick and easy. Grease was coming off, hard water marks were coming off. The steamer will sanitize, degrease and sanitize, all with water.
So once everything was clean to some degree, we put all the filter bits back in, locked them in place, put the baskets back in place, and then we got an Affresh dishwashing tablet and we got it. put where the detergent pods go in, then ran a normal high heat cycle.
So with a normal dishwasher, the first thing we do is always remove the filter, scrub it with hot water and vinegar to remove food debris, rinse it with water, clean it put it back on, then I’ll get some vinegar and spray the hard-to-reach areas, like where the sealing part is. I’m going to spray this with vinegar, scrub with a grout brush, and I’m going to put everything back together and use an Affresh tablet. Or if I don’t have any on me that day, I’ll pour some vinegar into a dishwasher-safe mug, put it on the top rack, and run a warm, normal cycle. The vinegar will lift soap scum, grime, or any other sticky residue.
So after your vinegar cycle, pull out the basket, pull out that cup of vinegar, and then we’ll pour some baking soda into the bottom of the dishwasher, close it, and run another warm, normal cycle. And the baking soda will really help deodorize and get rid of strange smells. It is important to use these two products separately. You don’t want to use them together because if you use them together they turn into salt. You want to clean this device at least once a month. Indeed, a dirty filter will not clean your dishes.
You are going to encounter a lot of dust and anything that has slipped under your refrigerator. And also, if you have pets, there will also be a lot of pet hair there. Once we move the refrigerator safely, you don’t want to pull it, you don’t want to pull it because it’s going to be connected with a wire. Just check the area and make sure there are no loose threads before you start vacuuming. And we start vacuuming the baseboard, the wall, the coils to remove all that dirt and dust. We used a foaming action spray. We used a microfiber cloth because it holds dust and dirt very well. You want to pull this off at least two to three times a year. If you have a large family and lots of pets, you’ll probably want to do this more, but at least three times a year.
Cleaning the inside of an oven is probably the last thing you want to do after cleaning your entire kitchen. So the longer you leave the oven on, the worse it will get. So it’s just cooking oils and food splatters. So the first thing we do is remove the racks, and we’re going to spray the racks with the blue Easy-Off. And the reason we use Easy-Off’s Blue Box is because it’s a safe oven cleaner for self-cleaning ovens. Once we have sprayed the grates, we then return to the oven and we will check the bottom of the oven. And if there’s any loose or burnt-on food debris, we wipe it all up with paper towels, try to remove as much loose food debris from the bottom of the oven, then go in with the Easy-Off and spray just a generous amount of product. And then we close the door and let it sit for at least an hour and 15 minutes depending on how bad the buildup is. We walk in with SOS pads and scrub and scrub and scrub until it all comes off. These are a type of steel wool abrasive pads, and they are the coarsest grits you can use. We will wipe this first coat of product with paper towels to remove as much as possible. And then the key is to rinse with water. So we’re going to spray water, we’re going to wipe, we’re going to wipe again, and we’re going to wipe again. Because a common question we get with this product is, “I’ve used it, but it leaves a white residue.” Well, that’s because you didn’t rinse. You’re going to want to rinse your oven at least four or five times to make sure all that product is removed and nothing is left behind. About once a month, clean it thoroughly. We do not encourage the self-cleaning cycle of the oven. There are far too many risks and fire hazards with this.
You know, when you’re cooking on your stovetop, grease and food will splatter, and it can fall onto the walls of the oven. In this particular case, we used a Scour Daddy, which, a Scour Daddy is really good at removing thick grease, embedded grease. We also used the Sprayway cleanser because it has that foaming action that can really lift all that buildup. And then we went back over it to make sure everything had been removed. Insects will definitely be attracted to it, especially if there is food stuck in it. So when you take it out, you can see dead insects stuck in it. And if you ever wonder if there’s a foul smell in your kitchen, take out your oven. Things may have ended up behind the oven and on the sides of the oven.