Practical Advice on Cleaning a Kitchen's Cabinets

Advice on Cleaning a Kitchen's Cabinets Nothing makes a kitchen stand out more than beautiful cabinets. Unfortunately, dirt, grease, and grime can all build up on cabinets over time and detract from their appearance. Use this advice on cleaning...

 Advice on Cleaning a Kitchen's Cabinets
Advice on Cleaning a Kitchen's Cabinets

Nothing makes a kitchen stand out more than beautiful cabinets. Unfortunately, dirt, grease, and grime can all build up on cabinets over time and detract from their appearance. Use this advice on cleaning a kitchen’s cabinets to get yours sparkling like new again.

Cleaning the Inside

To ensure your cabinets are thoroughly cleaned, you’ll first need to remove all their contents. Next, check the condition of your shelf paper and remove it if necessary. Wipe down the shelves, walls and inside of the door with warm, soapy water, taking care not to get it too wet. Use a hand-held vacuum cleaner with a crevice attachment to get food crumbs and other particles out of the corners.

Leave the door open to allow the inside to dry thoroughly. You may speed up the process by placing a small fan next to your cabinets to allow for better airflow.

If your dishes have been sitting for some time, you may need to wash them as well. If so, you’ll also want to ensure they are completely dry before placing them back inside your cabinets to avoid damaging your shelves.

Exterior Cleaning

Inspect your cabinet’s hardware to see if it contains a great deal of rust, dirt or grease. Cabinet handles that are dirty may be removed and then soaked in the same degreasing solution you used to clean the outside of your cabinets. Hinges may need to be scrubbed with a wire brush to remove rust or gunk. In some cases, they may need to be replaced altogether if they are especially rusty.

The exterior of your cabinets may contain lots of grease, which is why you should clean them with a mild degreaser. Place a few drops of this degreaser into a bucket of warm water and swish thoroughly to mix. Dip a clean, dry sponge into this solution, and then begin wiping your cabinets down, starting with the top and then moving on to your exterior walls. Once you have cleaned your entire cabinet, follow by rinsing the surface with a sponge dipped in clear water. Allow the surface to air dry, or manually dry it with a very soft micro-fiber cloth.

Polishing Cabinets

Provide wooden or laminated cabinets with additional protection by adding a coat of polish to them. You can use either a commercial wood polish, or add paste wax and then buff to a nice shine. If your cabinets also have scratches, this should help eliminate all or most of them.

Avoid using wood polish on metal cabinets, as it may cause streaks. Instead, stick strictly with a carnauba wax. Always test products by using in an inconspicuous area to ensure they do not damage your cabinet’s surface. Make sure the polish you use is completely dry before touching it to avoid leaving noticeable fingerprints.

Finishing Touches

If you’ve removed your shelf paper, you’ll now need to replace it before putting items back in your cabinets. Re-install hardware and polish with a soft cloth to bring them to a brilliant sheen. Place clean items back inside your cabinets, taking care to keep everything neatly organized. While replacing items, set aside anything you no longer have a use for so you can donate it to charity. Throw away any food that has expired, and move items that are nearing their expiration date to the front so you can use them first.

Keeping your kitchen cabinets clean can help you enjoy preparing meals a whole lot more. By following these steps, your kitchen cabinets will continue to look like new for years to come. For more tips on keeping your kitchen cabinets clean, contact us.