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A sparkling clean kitchen serves as a welcoming space for casual socializing-not to mention making cooking a pleasure.

But keeping this busy space shin­ing like new-and sanitary in the bargain-requires a thoughtful, efficient, and comprehensive cleaning routine.

The action plan for this room not only focuses on removing dirt and grime from the obvious surfaces throughout the room but also disinfecting crucial appliances like microwaves and stoves, as well as food preparation areas.

Always keep in mind that when it comes to handling food, cleanliness is next to healthiness.

Any dining area that complements the kitchen-whether an eat-in area of the same room or a completely separate for­mal dining room – presents fewer cleaning challenges than the kitchen might.

However, it’s still important to clean these areas thoroughly and regularly if you want to create an environment conducive to relaxing and socialising.

Formal dining rooms are usually showcase areas and often the least-used rooms in the house.

The key strategy in these rooms is keeping them from looking timeworn.

A regular sprucing up keeps them looking their best and puts the “formal” back into the room.

Step 11. Polish the furniture

Step 11.  Polish the furniture
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Buff to a shine if the finishes are meant to be high gloss.

Step 12. Clean the glass

Step 12. Clean the glass
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This includes panes in hutches, breakfronts, and other furniture, and decorative glass plates, vases, and bowls.

Top Tip: Dishwasher renovation

Top Tip: Dishwasher renovation
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Is your dishwasher sporting a funky smell and unsightly stains? Sort those out fast with a baking soda wash.

Put 1 cup (250 ml) of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on a rinse cycle.

If a smell persists, sprinkle a few tablespoons on the bottom of the washer to sit there between loads.

If you have hard water, the inside of your dishwasher will eventually get dingy.

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