How to Care For Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Posted Wednesday November 3, 2021 in Home Care Maintenance & Tips, Kitchen & Bathrooms



How to Care For Your Kitchen Cabinets by Chafin Communities

Cleaning your kitchen cabinets is not difficult but can require some elbow grease. Your kitchen cabinets need regular maintenance because tiny droplets of grease and food can settle in. Here’s how to do the job right.
 
By: Colleen Voisin Date: 11/3/2021

Deep Cleaning of Kitchen Cabinets

Your cabinets should receive a deep cleaning two times a year. In order for your cabinets to look their best use a gentle cleaning solution. Mix one part dishwashing soap with two parts hot water or distilled vinegar to hot water. The hot water helps to soften the grease build up so you’ll be able to wipe it off more easily with a soft sponge or a microfiber towel. Grab a spray bottle and pour your mixture into it and you’re ready to go.
 
Note: Avoid soaps containing citric acid (including orange and lemon oil) and organic solvents.
 
Avoid soaking your cabinets with the cleaning solution because too much moisture can damage the cabinet. Use a light spray and mist over the cabinets and wipe gently with a soft microfiber towel. You should have two water bottles for the job. One with the cleaning solution and one with just plain water.
 
After cleaning the cabinet lightly mist with plain water to remove any excess cleaning solution. Be sure to dry the cabinets when finished. Failure to dry can leave water spots or damage the cabinets with bubbling the finish or paint
 

Tough Stains

Some cabinets have hard build up or soap scum on them. A toothbrush is just gentle enough to use to scrub without removing the cabinet’s finish. If stains and grunge persist, consider tackling the tough spots with baking soda. Mix one part baking soda with two part water and create a paste. Dab the stubborn grime or dirty spots. Let the past sit for a few minutes and gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Do not use any abrasive cleaners or scrub brushes because each can damage the cabinets finish or paint with wear and scratch the finish.
 
The following products or ingredients should be avoided as they can damage cabinets internally and externally.
  • Petroleum-based products
  • Solvents
  • Bleach
  • Strong detergents and soaps
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paint thinners
  • Plastic brushes
  • Steel wool
  • Scouring pad
  • Ammonia
With proper cabinet care your cabinetry should stand a lifetime of use. Proper care involves attentive cleaning and careful avoidance of damaging products and household cleaners. Wipe spills up promptly and avoid excessive standing water on the cabinet itself and the hinges.

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