Your kitchen is the place where family and friends congregate, dine, and cook. It’s the heart of most people’s homes. Keeping it clean and organized promotes a safe and healthy environment.
Part of the kitchen maintenance includes keeping the cabinets clean. The residue generated by cooking oils, steam, smoke, and other ingredients accumulates on the cabinet surfaces, dulling the finish and possibly harming the material. It’s important to remove the dirt and grime to retain the beautiful look and sheen of your cabinets.
If you’ve made the investment into custom kitchen cabinetry, it’s even more important to keep them clean and functional. You chose a custom solution for good reason–you appreciate the finer details for your home and want long-term durability. Protect your investment by following these tips to preserve them so they last for decades to come.
Recommended Steps for Cabinetry Care
No matter what materials your cabinets are made of, there are some basics when it comes to cleaning and maintaining them. If you include cabinets as a part of your regular cleaning routine, they will remain beautiful and functional much longer.
1. Use the Right Cleaning Solution
Never use harsh chemical cleaning products on your custom cabinetry. They can ruin the finish or damage the cabinets permanently. A mild grease-cutting dishwashing detergent like Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is a good choice. Use a mixture of two tablespoons of dish soap with two cups of warm water.
You can also use a mixture of vinegar and water. If there are stubborn stains, use a bit of baking soda or white toothpaste to rub them away. Wipe cabinets down with a soft cloth and rinse with clear water.
There are products on the market specifically intended to clean cabinets. If you use them, make sure you choose one that is specifically for the materials and finish of your cabinets. Avoid polishing cabinets with oils and waxes, as it can result in a waxy build-up that is difficult to remove.The oil in the product also serves as a magnet for dust.
2. Use the Right Cleaning Tools
A soft, lint-free cloth is a good choice for cleaning cabinets. Good options are old t-shirts, chamois, or cheesecloth. Avoid using abrasive materials like scouring pads, paper towels, Magic Eraser sponges, or steel wool, as they can scratch the surface. Steer clear of used sponges or dishcloths, as they can leave residue on the surface.
Sometimes there are hard-to-reach crevices that you can’t reach with a cloth. These can include the edges of the doors and drawers, those surrounding handles and hinges, or any etched design in them. Get out an old toothbrush and dip it in your cleaning solution to tackle those tight areas.
3. Don’t Use Water on Metal Hardware
The last thing is rusted hinges and metal hardware resulting from exposure to water. A dry microfiber cloth will wipe away most dust and grime from the metal. Stubborn or built-up grime may need a small amount of cleaning solution. Just apply the solution to the cloth, scrub it, then wipe dry immediately.
4. Clean up Spills Immediately
Cooking and cleanup can sometimes be a bit messy. If food or liquids splash onto your cabinets, wipe them off as soon as possible. Don’t let the substance sit for too long or it can eat into the finish and damage the cabinets. If there is dried-on residue remaining, you may need to scrub it away using harsher products. If so, take great care not to damage the surface.
5. Don’t Soak the Cabinets
Use damp, not dripping wet cloths when cleaning the cabinets. You should rinse away any cleaning solution with a clean, damp cloth, then follow up by wiping them with another dry soft cloth.
6. Clean Glass Separately
If your cabinets include any glass inserts, these should be cleaned by using a vinegar/water solution or commercial glass cleaner. Don’t spray directly on the glass, as it might drip on the wood or other material of the cabinets, damaging the finish. Instead, spray the solution onto your cleaning cloth and wipe the glass clean.
7. Deep Clean Occasionally
At least twice a year, you should go beyond the routine cleaning and thoroughly clean your cabinets inside and out. Empty all contents and wipe down the interior shelves and walls. You can use the same tools and products for this job as you did with the cabinet exteriors.
While you have all the contents out, you might want to consider purging those you haven’t used for awhile. There’s no need to keep cracked or chipped dishes or useless utensils that never get used. This practice allows more room for essentials and allows for better organization.
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