5 Simple Ways To Maintain And Clean Kitchen Cabinets
Admittedly our kitchens get dirty from time to time no matter how much we clean them! We have several useful tips, and good to know information, to share on ways to maintain and clean kitchen cabinets without the fear of removing your finish or disturbing the integrity of your cabinetry.
Water And Dish Soap Solution
We feel the best thing to use when doing a light cleaning on your kitchen cabinets is to use a solution of water and dish soap. It is mild enough to not ruin any finishes or paint but strong enough to remove most grime and build up.
When using store bought cleaners or chemicals to clean kitchen cabinets it is a good idea to test the cleaner on an inconspicuous place of the cabinet to be sure it will not tarnish or stain any of your finish or remove the paint.
Warm Water & White Vinegar
Lately, people have been moving away from store bought cleaners and creating cleaning solutions from home with ingredients found in the kitchen.
If you are doing so, one home cleaner can be made by mixing a solution of one part warm water with one part white vinegar. The amount you mix will fluctuate with how many cabinets you have and how dirty they are; something similar to a gallon of water and a ¼ a cup of vinegar if your cabinets are not too dirty. If you feel you have a lot of buildup you can use a half and half solution of water and vinegar.
The smell of the vinegar is not too strong and will dissolve as the cabinets dry, but if you do find the smell of vinegar unpleasant you can add two or three drops of a natural essential oil to your solution.
It is recommended that once you choose your cleaning solution, mix it in a bucket and set aside and to then fill another bucket half way with warm water. The bucket of warm water will be used to rinse the sponge or wash rag once you wipe down the cabinet. Doing this will also keep your cleaning solution as “clean” as possible.
Let’s Start Cleaning The Outside
When cleaning the outside of the cabinets:
- Submerge the entire sponge or wash rag into your cleaning solution
- Wring out cleaning solution
- Clean one whole side of cabinet
- Rinse sponge or wash rag in bucket with water
- Then submerge again in cleaning solution
- Repeat until cabinets are clean
Also, don’t forget about your hardware! Your kitchen cabinet hardware gets used just a much as your cabinetry and need some attention as well. To avoid missing any small details on your knobs or the back of your handles, you can unscrew them and clean them in a separate solution and let dry completely before reattaching.
Cleaning The Inside
Once you have given them a good cleaning on the outside it is time to clean the inside. Of course, empty the cabinet entirely when you are ready to clean it.
We suggest vacuuming the inside of your cabinets out if they have crumbs in them; it is quick, simple, and you’re not putting it all on your floors. Once that is done use a damp sponge or wash rag, and a fresh mixture of solution to wipe out the inside of the cabinets.
For the inside of the cabinets a gallon of hot water and ¼ cup of vinegar should be strong enough, but will fluctuate depending on the amount of cabinets and how dirty they are.
You never want any water to “pool” or collect in your cabinets so make sure to wring the cloth or sponge out well!
If there is any tough to scrub build up, you can use baking soda. Use the baking soda by pouring some on the wash cloth or cleaning rag and a little on the build-up then scrubbing it.
Once they are spick-and-span leave the cabinet doors open for 2-3 hours to fully dry.
Now We Polish
Now that you have clean kitchen cabinets, it’s time to get them looking new again.
There are many different furniture and cabinet polishes:
- Spray bottles which come in lemon, orange, almond oil, etc.
This should be applied with a clean, dry towel or micro-fiber towel so as to not reapply any remaining dust that could be lingering in your kitchen.
Some products will have a different effect when used on different cabinet finishes. It is always best to read the instructions of your product and test in an inconspicuous place before applying to a large area.
Well that’s it, your kitchen cabinets are now clean and fresh so step back and enjoy!
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