Kitchen cabinets, vanities, or storage cabinets look great when they’re polished or painted properly and are clean and shiny. However, keeping them clean can be a major hassle if you don’t do it right.
Here are some basic tips from Kitchen Warehouse LTD to use to keep your kitchen cabinets clean.
Set Up a Regular Routine!
A regular cleaning routine can work wonders for your entire house, but kitchens and bathrooms require special attention and extra time to make sure they’re clean. You should set up a plan of action, a routine for cleaning these spaces depending on what kind of usage they see. Busy kitchens tend to get dirty and greasy easily and might need a good wipe down every day, while cabinets seeing less frequent use might just need to be cleaned once a week. Make sure you plan properly and give every space the time it deserves! Here’s one way you can determine how much time and effort your kitchen units need.
Fixtures and cabinets made from wood look great, especially if they’re sealed with varnish but they can be damaged if they aren’t treated properly, and are harder to clean because of that. Depending on what finish and surface treatment your solid wood cabinets have, you can use a mild, oil-soap cleaner made especially for wood. It’s great for general care and it can clean up most grime and dust easily. However, remember to polish or wax your cabinets regularly and make sure you dry the soapy water after cleaning out the grime. Condensation, steam, and even heat can easily damage wood so make sure you don’t let your wood get too wet or too dry.
Laminated surfaces are easier to clean but you have to be careful to not use abrasive sponges or brushes. Laminated surfaces, such as our high gloss acrylic jet black units are also prone to attracting unsightly fingermarks – so they may require extra cleaning to constantly have the desired effect. A good all-purpose cleaner is your best friend for such surfaces. Just rinse the surfaces properly then dry it off with a clean cloth. You can also disinfect such surfaces with some bleach diluted in water. About one tablespoon of bleach per litre of water. You can also use white vinegar diluted in water to clean laminated surfaces without causing too much damage to them. Make sure you use soft brushes and cloth instead of abrasive cleaning pads or cleaners. Seams between surfaces will need extra attention and most stains can be wiped out with some baking soda and water paste.
Painted and Metal Surfaces
Painted kitchen units and metal cabinets are usually easier to clean because they are more durable and easier to scrub clean. Painted surfaces with multiple coats of oil paint are the best when it comes to keeping clean. They can be washed with an all-purpose cleaner diluted in some warm water or even some wood cleaner or white vinegar. Just make sure you don’t get the surface too wet, otherwise, it might damage the wood and paint. Once you’re done with the cleaning solution, rinse it with some clean water and a clean cloth. Be sure to disinfect areas you use frequently. Metal surfaces, on the other hand, can’t tolerate too much water as they have a tendency to rust. However, since they usually have enamel coatings as a finish, they’re easy to clean and maintain, just like painted cabinets. If you do spot some rust on your metal cabinet, make sure you keep some paint handy that’s meant for metallic surfaces. It’ll increase your cabinet’s life significantly.
Exterior Beauty Is Nothing!
Sure, anyone who visits your house would see how clean your kitchen cabinets would look from the outside, but what really matters is how clean they are from the inside. Afterall, that’s where you store all the pots and pans! We all tend to be lazy when we’re cleaning the interiors of our cabinets thinking this very thing but this is where you should pay plenty of attention. If you don’t, you could leave your cabinets prone to mould, fungus, and even wood eating termites, and we haven’t even gotten to the thousands of harmful bacteria that can form there! Thankfully, cleaning the interiors is an easy task. All you need is a good, all-purpose cleaner that you can use to rinse the interiors. Once you’re done with that, dry it off properly and make sure you clean the edges and cracks. Old toothbrushes come in really for such places. Once you’re done with that, let the surfaces dry out properly before you put stuff back in. If your interior is of unfinished wood or metal, be sure to seal it properly because it’s easier to clean them. It also helps minimize the buildup of harmful bacteria.
Some Extra Tips:
Disinfect, Disinfect, Disinfect!
Using a good disinfectant on all your kitchen surfaces on a regular basis is always a good idea! If you use that space for cooking, it should be disinfected with a good antibacterial cleaner diluted in water on regularly!
A cloth or paper towel soaked in lemon juice are great when it comes to taking care of stains on laminated surfaces.
Baking Soda Is Your Best Friend!
A paste made from baking soda and water is an excellent way to wipe off stubborn stains or dirt stuck on most surfaces except plain or polished wood.
Grease’s Worst Enemy: Ammonia!
Ammonia diluted in some water is great for cutting through grease. Just wipe greasy, painted surfaces with the solution and you’re good to go!
Shelf Paper Works Wonders To Keep Surfaces Clean!
A relatively inexpensive way to keep surfaces like shelves clean, laying out some fresh paper every time you clean your kitchen is a great way to increase the life of your cabinets and protect it from stains. You can also use rubber or vinyl sheets, but rubber’s best!