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  • Deep-Cleaning Kitchen Guide for Diwali


    Diwali is right around the corner and there is a hustle and bustle everywhere. As Diwali approaches this weekend, all households are scrambling to make the home look spotless for the festival. Frantic homeowners struggle to balance the Diwali cleaning with the Diwali gifting and amongst all the Diwali parties. Ultimately, the one area of the house that is left towards the very end is the kitchen. As the most often used room in a home, the kitchen is either ignored or there is a constant struggle to deep clean, yet be able to completely use, the kitchen at the same time. But do not fret, the deep cleaning the kitchen for Diwali is much easier than one might think. Check out the helpful steps below, and your kitchen will be spotless!

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    • Create Space: The first step is the clear the countertops of items that are not used very often. These items include small machines and crockery that usually have a storage place, but are simply left out on the kitchen counter. Clean all these smaller items thoroughly using dish soap, or a water and vinegar mixture to get them sparkling this Diwali! Designate these items to go inside a cabinet so all countertops are more visible and the kitchen appears clutter-free.

     

    • Clean Cabinets, Shelves, and Racks: However, before placing these smaller items inside the cabinets, wipe down all surfaces and racks with a cloth soaked in a hot water and white vinegar mixture. This mixture removes all the grime and dust. Once that is done, re-wipe the surfaces with a simple plain water soaked cloth, and then dry with a dry cloth. Then, clean the outside of the cabinets with a simple detergent and microfiber cloth.

     

    • Cleaning Tiles, Walls, and Countertops: Now that the cabinets are cleaned on both outside and inside, the next step is wipe down the large surfaces, such as the walls, tiles, and countertops. These are also very simple to wipe down, requiring a basic detergent to cleanse the surfaces and voila! all done.

     

    • Clean Appliances: Hob, Chimney, Refrigerator, Microwave: Cleaning the appliances is even quicker than cleaning the cabinets. First remove all the dust with a microfiber or duster cloth, then apply your favorite cleanser or detergent and scrub the surfaces using a smooth cotton cloth. The smooth cotton cloth will avoid any scratches on the surfaces. An ideal detergent that can be used for cleaning all these surfaces is Colin. However, for any stubborn stains in the microwave or the fridge, sprinkle baking soda and leave for 30 minutes. Then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth and clean up the stain area with warm water. The stain will be gone!  For cleaning the inside of the refrigerator, use half a lemon, dipped in vinegar to clean the interior shelves and surfaces.
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    • Use the Space Efficiently: Finally, after the basic cleaning is complete, there is the more exciting part: which is organizing the space efficiently. At this point, one can easily put away the detergents and solutions and focus on arranging the items. One can get extremely creative by adding colorful cups on hooks or display a collection on open shelves. Using the space efficiently allows a user to create an exciting color palette within the kitchen.

    Cleaning the kitchen is not as huge of a process as one may thing. This Diwali, let your cleaned and well-lit home welcome the Goddess Lakshmi of Wealth and Prosperity and spread positive energy all around. Let the festivities begin. From all of us at ModSpace.in a very Happy Diwali!

  • Cleaning Tips for all types of Kitchen Counters


    Any kitchen you see in a magazine or showroom always looks so beautiful and glamorous. Everything is clean, all the colors match, and we all aspire to have kitchen designs exactly how we see them. One aspect of a kitchen that brings the entire look together is the countertop. Possibly the most used surface, the countertop ties the cabinet colors together, balances the floor and wall colors with the cabinet colors, and serves as the ultimate work surface for all kitchen tasks. Since there is so much activity, countertops require regular cleaning and maintenance to preserve the surface itself and keep that new, beautiful look in a kitchen. Countertops are available in a variety of materials: marble, granite, quartz, soapstone, laminate, tile, and even wood. However, the most common countertops seen in ModSpace.in kitchens are granite or marble. Below are the basic cleaning techniques required for cleaning each type of surface perfectly.

    Marble and Granite: Marble and granite are some of the tougher countertop options out there. They add a very natural look to the kitchen, and in order to be maintained they need to be sealed properly. Before usage, ensure the granite or marble is sealed to make the surface stain and water resistant. Everyday cleaning is very simple, requiring a mix of mild dish soap and water water. However, use a microfiber cloth to make the surface shine. AVOID any acidic cleaners as it may get ride of the sealer.

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    Laminate: Laminate countertops are another very popular option. They are known for being quite practical for the kitchen space and do not require regular sealing. However, when conducting tasks, it is best to use cutting boards for chopping and trivets for placing hot dishes to avoid any scratches or burns on the surface. Laminate countertops require minimal cleaning of using any soft, damp cloth and a mild household cleaner. However, stay away from the acidic cleaners as they can affect the surface.

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    Tile: These days, many rustic-looking kitchens have tile countertops as a part of the overall design. To maintain these surfaces, it is best that the tile is sealed and grouted at least once a year to avoid the surface from wearing out. However, if the countertop ceramic tile, then regular sealing is not required. For cleaning the surface, it is based to use a non-abrasive housecleaning solution. This mild substance will clean the surface easily. However, avoiding using stronger soaps as they might leave a film or residue on the counter surface.

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    Wood: Wood is a countertop surface that is not as common as some of the stone and tile options. However it is still seen in traditional or farmhouse style kitchens. Since wood is a natural surface it should be sealed properly for protection. The sealing will make the surface less susceptible to warpage or cracking. The least toxic route for cleaning wood is to use a food-grade oil or wax to generally clean the surface. However, in the event of scratches, the wood should be sanded and then the protectant should be re-applied. Nevertheless, the daily upkeep is very simple: a nonabrasive cleaner or a mix of warm water and white vinegar to wipe down the surfaces. However, just ensure the wood surface is very dry after cleaning.

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    Soapstone: Another countertop surface is soapstone, which is nonporous and resistant to any stains and scratches. Just like all the other surfaces, the soapstone countertop requires minimal cleaning using a multi-purpose, non-acidic cleaning solution. However, the overall look of the surface will evolve and change with time and with the overall kitchen. Either way the stone becomes more enhanced in color or has a natural patina look to it that adds a little something special to the entire kitchen. Regardless of how the look changes, the cleaning process will stay the same.

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  • The Best Countertops for your Kitchen


    We see many types of countertops that are available for a kitchen. However, only a few are both durable and aesthetic at the same time. Here are a couple of the top picks that are ideal for your kitchen space.

    Quartz is one of the earth’s strongest materials that undergoes a specific process to create beautiful countertops. It begins as crystals, and is manufactured with multiple colour options to add to your kitchen.

    Quartz Countertop

    Attributes of Quartz Countertops are:

    • Non-Porous, No need to be sealed
    • Stain, Scratch, Heat, & Impact Resistant
    • Available in multiple colours
    • Hard surface
    • Natural shine
    • Uniform design

    Granite is another durable option. The surface is a beautiful natural stone, which is available in a variety of colours. Large pieces of stone are cut into slabs that form countertops.

    Granite countertop that has all of the earthy tones

    Characteristics of a Granite:

    • Variation in the stone’s pattern
    • Ecofriendly
    • Stains to be wiped up quickly
    • Most durable surface with regular sealing (once a year)
    • Heat resistant

    Solid Surface countertops are also available in a variety of colours and patterns. It is primarily made of acrylic and polyester.

    solid surface countertop with seamless molding along the edges.

    Attributes of solid surface countertops

    • Consistent composition throughout
    • Non-porous
    • Stain resistant
    • Does not require sealing
    • Easily molded into any shape or curve. This allows for a seamless surface where the joints are invisible

     

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