There are many ways to clean your kitchen cabinets based on what materials and finishes they have. Cabinets are the focal point of anyone’s kitchen in a home. All eyes are drawn immediately to the finish and the décor of the cabinets, so it’s very important that the homeowner keeps the cabinet clean and tidy.
Fingerprints, food splatters, and water marks are the main culprits, but tougher stains can build up over time. It’s not just for others to see, it is also a matter of hygiene. Cabinets are where one places their vessels they consume food from or cook food in and also store food items in. So, it’s extremely critical that one keeps it clean.
Oily fingers can cause a residue or stain on cabinet shutters that are less than appealing to the eyes. However, you can easily remove these stains by using a little vinegar. Dampen a cloth in a mixture of vinegar and water, apply to the prints, and wipe it clean with a polishing cloth and voila! The stain disappears!
Grease and food particles can accumulate on cabinet surfaces every time you cook. So, it’s important that you clean them immediately so that it doesn’t get harder to remove them once it dries out. The cabinets should not get soaking wet as it could destroy the finish and material, because moisture may warp the wood.
Wring out the cloth you’re using so that it’s damp, but not dripping wet. Spices and other foods you store in your cabinets are likely to spill sometimes, so it’s important to keep the inside of your cabinets clean by wiping them out every couple of weeks. Remove everything from your cabinets, and wipe the cabinets out with a gentle vinegar or soap solution. Dry the cabinets with a clean towel, then put everything back on the shelves.
Food spills that are not immediately tended to, tend to harden and become hard to get rid of. Enter baking soda! Baking soda can be used as a mild abrasive that will help remove dried substances without destroying the wood. By mixing baking soda with an equal proportion of water and making a thick paste and applying it on the area where the stain is will help scrape off the residue.
Regular dusting with a lint-free cloth or duster helps to prevent this combination of oil and dust from forming that sticky, hard-to-remove residue, which, when unattended to, attracts even more dust! To wash down painted cupboards, start with a mixture of one tablespoon of mild liquid dish detergent with one gallon of warm water. Immerse a soft sponge in the water, then squeeze out the excess until just damp. Scrub the dirtiest parts first, then wipe down the remaining surfaces.
Laminate surfaces offer a tough, durable finish that’s easy to clean and keeps their good looks. Clean laminate surfaces with a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, rinse with clear water, and wipe dry with a soft cloth. The seams of laminate cabinets need a bit of extra attention, as they can trap grease and debris. To get rid of these stains, you can use a soft nylon brush or toothbrush in these areas to loosen and lift dirt.
To disinfect the interiors of cabinets and drawers, you can use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water with some hydrogen peroxide. You can put this in a spray bottle and use it on the cabinets to get rid of any grime that is in them.
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