The heart of every home, the kitchen is a place to gather in the company of loved ones, a hub around which family life revolves. While the kitchen is such a frequented area in most homes, the attention it’s given is often undeserving in that it tends to be an area that’s neglected until the time comes for a complete makeover. That’s a mistake. The kitchen is an area, due not only to the frequency in which it’s used but also the nature of its purpose, that requires ongoing attention to ensure it’s kept clean, safe and in efficiently functioning condition.
Kitchen Safety Basics
Preventing accidents in the kitchen isn’t always possible but it’s definitely within the means of every homeowner to take the required measures to ensure the kitchen is a safe place for everyone to use.
Keep small appliances at the back of benches and in cupboards, anywhere that’s out of the way. This will help to prevent children from reaching for them and it will also help you by keeping the benches free of clutter. The less clutter on the benches, the safer your kitchen.
Heavy and bulky items, including appliances like mixers and blenders, should be stored on the lower shelves to make them more accessible and to prevent accidents. Many accidents have occurred in kitchens when reaching for heavy or cumbersome items on high shelves.
Knives should also be stored out of reach of children and you should always use a cutting board when cutting. This will help to keep your knives sharp (sharp knives are actually safer than blunt knives) as well as protect your countertops, which can be expensive to replace.
These are just two examples of what you can do to make your kitchen a safer place for you and your family and neither will cost you a penny. However, keeping your kitchen in top condition with the aim of making it a clean, safe and aesthetically appealing place does require ongoing investments, whether that’s repairing major kitchen appliances, replacing broken items or upgrading benchtops and cupboards.
Essential Maintenance and Repairs
A major part of keeping a kitchen clean, safe and in proper functioning condition involves carrying out regular maintenance and prompt repairs on appliances, storage units and other areas of the kitchen, like the sink and faucet. Due to the nature of the kitchen and its purpose, there isn’t only a lot of things that can go wrong and require attention but also a lot of inconvenience to deal with if something went wrong with a major appliance, especially the refrigerator, and major repairs were required.
That means you need to have your major kitchen appliances checked by a domestic appliance repair company at least annually and have any repairs required carried out quickly. If you don’t yet have a service provider in mind to call, search for local appliance repair companies on a business listings website. This is the easiest way to source a good local service provider to repair your appliances.
Check the instruction manual (you can also look online for information) and inspect the appliance to make sure you actually require repairs before calling a local repair company. You might overlook something simple that doesn’t require the expertise of an appliance repair specialist.
Don’t attempt to fix anything that you’re unfamiliar with. Not only could you harm yourself but you may also cause further problems that would invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty. If in doubt, call an appliance repair specialist with experience repairing that particular brand.
Take note of the issue as well as the appliance make, model and serial number before calling the appliance repair company. A good technician may be able to diagnose the problem over the phone and bring the required spare parts with them, saving you money by paying for a single call out.
Additionally, make sure you’re using your kitchen appliances properly and that you’re cleaning them regularly as this is an important aspect of maintaining a safe and properly functioning kitchen, one that’s safe for all to use. Check the instruction manual to make sure you’re using the right detergent in the dishwasher, clean the coils at the rear of the refrigerator to keep them free of dust and don’t forget to keep the oven clean and free of oil and spilt fat. You don’t want a fire breaking out!
Make a Checklist
Making a checklist of all the things that you need to check and clean in the kitchen is a great way to ensure that you don’t miss anything and make sure that your kitchen is kept in the best possible condition. Depending on the size of your kitchen and its current condition, it really only takes a few hours at most to give the entire kitchen a top-to-bottom clean and check all the appliances to make sure they continue to function as they should.
Access a kitchen cleaning checklist online. There are some excellent checklists that you get great ideas from and many people find that this is a handy way to make sure that they don’t overlook or forget about anything when giving the kitchen a thorough clean.
Save the date and don’t procrastinate! Does anyone really look forward to setting aside a few hours to give the kitchen a thorough cleaning? Not really, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be done, so set a date and don’t make any excuses!
When cleaning the kitchen, make a list of all the areas that require professional attention. You may find that the benchtop is cracked, that there’s a leak under the sink or that your major kitchen appliances could benefit from a local appliance specialist’s expertise.
Making checklists and cleaning kitchen cupboards and appliances needn’t be a stressful experience and there are many ways to make the most of the situation, like getting the whole family involved or turning the radio up as loud as it gets! Who says the keeping the kitchen clean, safe and functioning efficiently can’t be fun?