Cleaning kitchen cabinets is probably not at the top of your priorities list. You’ve probably got enough cleaning to keep you busy for several weeks. Your home office, bedroom, family room, basement, the list goes on. When you peek inside your cabinets, you will discover that there are garbage and food stains everywhere. Worse, the cabinets are covered in a nasty sticky and greasy coating on the outside.
When it comes to cleaning your kitchen cabinets, the answer is straightforward: any time is an excellent time to start. The solution to clean your kitchen cabinets is a more complicated combination.
Fortunately, you no longer need to be concerned. Here’s a guide on cleaning kitchen cabinets.
How to Clean Wood Cabinets?
There is a significant amount of heat in the kitchen, which leaves a sticky residue behind. It is preferable to use a gentle cleaning on wooden cabinets. Wood has a natural pH range of 4 to 6, making it mildly acidic.
High alkaline cleaners, such as ammonia, baking soda, or sodium hydroxide can leave black stains on wood. In contrast, acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon juice, or tub and tile cleaners are corrosive and will destroy wood cabinets, whether finished or unfinished. On the other hand, wood contains a large number of organic components. The best cleaning, and the one least likely to harm the wood, is good old elbow grease.
Do not soak your cleaning cloth or the cabinet directly when cleaning wooden cabinets. The wood will rot if left in water for an extended period. Repeat these steps to remove oil from the most greasy places in your kitchen cabinets.
- Wipe down the front doors with a clean, moist cloth to remove any stray dust.
- Use a moist towel, wipe down the drawer pulls, and door handles.
- To remove stubborn grease or stains, use a moderate kitchen degreaser.
How to Clean Laminate Cabinets?
Laminate cabinets are becoming increasingly popular due to their low cost and good durability. They are easier to clean than wood cabinets. Laminate cabinets absorb grease and food residues more easily. As a result, while laminate cabinets are easier to clean than wood cabinets, they may require more frequent maintenance.
It would be best if you didn’t have to use abrasive cleaning agents like vinegar or baking soda to remove filth and oil from your laminate kitchen cabinets, as you would with wood cabinets. A tiny quantity of dish soap in warm water, combined with a substantial amount of elbow grease, should be more than enough. Remember to clean the hinges.
How to Clean Glass Cabinets?
Inside the wooden frames of specific cabinets are glass doors. Unlike wood and laminate cabinets, you may clean your glass cabinets with abrasive cleaning agents such as vinegar or baking soda. White vinegar helps remove soap residue and mineral deposits. Wipe away extra dust from the hardwood frame using a moist cloth. Metal surfaces, such as saucepans, are best cleaned with bristled brushes. When used to clean a surface, such as glass, they will invariably leave scratches.
If there is any dust between the glass and wooden joints, wipe that region with an old toothbrush, as with the other cabinet cleaning procedures.
How to Clean Greasy Kitchen Cabinets?
Most heavy grease and filth collect on your kitchen range and oven. Use one of the cleaners listed below to remove the sticky residue depending on the cabinet type.
- Water and soap
- Baking soda and water (three parts baking soda to one part water for a pasty texture)
- Vinegar and baking soda (one part baking soda, two parts vinegar)
- Cleaner and polisher for wooden cabinets
Dust adheres to all surfaces, particularly laminate cabinets. Use a duster to eliminate dust buildup and work from the top down. Don’t forget about the corners, which are notorious for collecting dust.
How often should you Clean the Kitchen Cabinets?
The more frequently you cook – especially if you prefer oily dishes or Asian cuisine – the more regularly you’ll need to clean your kitchen cabinets. Cabinets are classified into two types: Wall cabinets and Kitchen countertop cabinets.
To remove the sticky grease on the outside of your wall cabinets, clean them every few weeks to a couple of months (depending on how dirty they get).
Countertop kitchen cabinets are situated close to the ground and collect a lot of dust and debris from the floor. Clean these cabinets once a month, at the very least.
When Cleaning is not enough
You’ve tried all the harsh cleaners, such as white vinegar, etc. Nonetheless, your cabinets appear bland, filthy, or plain unappealing. There is yet hope; there are still actions you may do to give your old kitchen a new, clean look. And the steps aren’t complicated and include Cabinet Refacing. It involves removing the old doors and drawer fronts and installing new ones. The existing cabinet boxes are prepared, and a veneer, or new skin, is put to the boxes’ outward-facing surfaces to match the new doors and drawer fronts.
It can be a duty to keep your home looking and feeling fantastic. There are a lot of things competing for your attention these days. While our cleaning suggestions will help you maintain your home in good shape between full cleanings, sticking to a regular cleaning routine will keep you ahead of the grime.
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