The kitchen in your home contains many areas that can quickly become germ magnets if not cleaned regularly and properly. ABC Oriental Rug, your Syracuse Area Rug Cleaner warns of 2 of these and what to do about them.

1.         The Kitchen Sink

The sight of dirty dishes in the sink is a familiar one to most of us. In fact, your kitchen sink may actually have more E.coli bacteria in it than what remains in the toilet after flushing!

With the amount of moisture and food particles left on dirty dishes and put down the drain, the kitchen sink is a great feeding ground for bacteria.

The kitchen sink should be cleaned daily with a disinfectant product made specifically for the kitchen.  Lemons and vinegar are not as effective with this particular job so don't use them as an alternative.

Quick tip: While you are cleaning the sink, put that dish sponge in the microwave on high for 2 minutes once a day. If you use a cloth to clean the dishes and sink, make sure to soak it in a bleach solution and cold water in the sink for about 5 minutes to remove stains and disinfect it.


Cutting boards today come in many different sizes and shapes and can be made of wood, plastic, glass, etc.

Cutting Board

It is not enough to just rinse your cutting board, no matter what it is made of. Poultry and raw meat can leave behind bacteria which are one of the most common causes of food-borne illness such as salmonella and campylobacter.

Your best bet to avoid cross-contamination is to use one cutting board for meats and another for vegetables.  These boards can be cleaned with a disinfectant made specifically for the kitchen or put in a dishwasher to clean.  If you use wooden cutting boards, make sure it has been treated with antimicrobial resins.


ABC Oriental Rug, your Syracuse area rug cleaner takes pride in our cleaning knowledge base. We specialize in area rug cleaning in our cleaning plant in Ithaca, NY and now offer pick up and delivery services to Syracuse and surrounding areas. Please feel free to call our office at 607-272-1566 to schedule a pickup or you may contact us here. Please fill out the form below if you would like us to contact you.

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