Kitchen cabinets are subject to moisture, dirt and frequent use. This is why they require more attention than other furniture. Read on for tips on how they look and work.
Cooking grease, spilled food, humidity, daily opening and closing – all of this harm your kitchen cabinets. Dirt builds up faster around doorknobs and drawers, which are opened continuously by sticky hands. Frequent cleaning is the key to keeping your kitchen cabinets in good condition – dirt is more easily removed if it is not allowed to settle.
Some Homemade Products For Greasy Kitchen Cabinets Cleaning:
You can clean the fat from kitchen cabinets with homemade products. It is easier than you think, you can use toothpaste or vinegar.
- Toothpaste: on other occasions, we have already seen that toothpaste is a great ally when it comes to cleaning, and even to look more beautiful and radiant. Well, today we bring a new application, use it to clean grease from kitchen cabinets. You just have to apply a little toothpaste in the places where the fat has accumulated and clean it with a cloth, and you will see how the stains are removed very easily.
- White vinegar: This is another good option to clean kitchen furniture, and, also, you kill two birds with one stone because with vinegar, apart from cleaning them, you will disinfect them. Of course, do not even think about pouring the vinegar directly on the furniture, that is, soak a rag in vinegar and wipe it over the dirtiest areas. Next, use a clean cloth with a little water to remove the remains, and then grab a piece of kitchen paper to wick away the moisture from the furniture. As a recommendation, make sure to remove vinegar from furniture well as, as we all know, its smell is quite strong and unpleasant. If the vinegar alone does not work, you will have to mix it with a little soap and water in a recipient. Using a sponge rub in the places where the fat is and do not forget, again, wipe with a cloth to remove the remains.
- Ammonia: Another option and this is the definitive one, is to mix in an empty bottle with a spray nozzle a little water with ammonia. The fat will be removed very easily … It is foolproof! Of course, keep in mind that the amount of water and ammonia has to be in equal parts. You only have to spray the stained area and rub it with a dry cloth, then rinse it with a damp cloth that removes the remains of the mixture with ammonia, which, like vinegar, has a very intense odor and, besides, is toxic.
- Baking soda: The baking soda is another ally that will help you remove fat from the kitchen very easily. You just have to sprinkle a little of this product on a damp sponge and clean the furniture with it. Then with a clean, wet cloth, remove any remaining debris.
- To regularly clean the outside of the cabinets, dust with a clean cloth and wipe with a damp cloth from time to time.
- Never use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on kitchen cabinets.
- Also, avoid using a dishtowel that has been used for other purposes, as it may contain grease or detergents, which may leave marks.
Cabinet cleaning routines
Of cleaning techniques, cabinets are the same, whether you work in a kitchen, in a bathroom, or a storage area. But you could have different budget amounts depending on the room. Kitchen cabinets, for example, are more difficult to wash because they face constant exposure to dirt, grease, bacteria, and fingerprints. Cooking grease, condensation, temperature changes, steam, dust can stain and damage the outside of the cabinet.
If you have a heavily used kitchen, some cabinets may need to be cleaned at least once a week. Remember to clean around the handles and near the devices. Use the following tips to customize your cleaning routine based on cabinet materials.
Clean your wooden cabinets
The cabinets could be solid wood, veneer on the wood, or vinyl-covered wood. The wood can be sealed with polyurethane, wax, or varnish, or left natural. The care depends on surface treatment.
The general use of wood cleaners works well for cleaning. Regardless of the sealant, you often need to clean and polish your wooden furniture. Variations in heat and high temperatures can dry the wood. Wooden cabinets can also be damaged by condensation caused by cooking and dishwasher steam. Do not try to wash with lots of water to avoid excessively wet wood. From time to time, disinfect all surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner without bleach. Wipe it off, then rinse with a clean, damp cloth. Dry with a dry towel. Work with the wood grain when cleaning and polishing.
Clean your painted cabinets
Painted cabinets that are sealed with one or more coats of oil paint are more durable – and therefore more resistant to rubbing than latex. Wash painted cabinets with warm water diluted with all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar. Do not leave the wood too wet for too long. Rinse the surface with a second cloth and clean water. Wipe areas that could be contaminated with food-borne bacteria with an antibacterial kitchen cleaner or a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 liter of water.
If grease builds up, wipe the furniture with ammonia and water. Rinse with clear water. For stubborn stains, loosen the dirt with a paste of baking soda and water. Do not use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, as they can scratch the surface.
Clean your metal cabinets
Metal cabinets usually have an enamel finish, so they are washed in the same way as other painted cabinets. Avoid soaking metal cabinets in water for too long, as prolonged humidity can cause rust along edges or cracks. Check for rust spots and touch up with paint for metal surfaces.
Clean your laminate cabinets
Wipe laminate surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar diluted in water. Rinse, then dry with a clean cloth. Disinfect surfaces with an antibacterial kitchen cleaner or a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 liter of water. Pay special attention to the edges of the cabinet, for example, when the door meets the edge of the frame.
Use a soft brush to clean these areas. Do not use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads. To clean the stains, rub them with a paste of baking soda and water. You can also rub the stain with a cloth soaked in lemon juice.
Clean Glass cabinets
- To clean the glass cabinets, wash the glass with a cloth or paper towel and a little glass cleaner.
- Do not spray the cleaner, or even plain water, directly on the glass – it may leak and damage the surrounding wood.
Wipe the inside of cabinets and drawers with an all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar diluted in water. Rinse and dry. Use a toothbrush to clean along edges and cracks. Allow the surface to dry completely before placing any return items in cabinets or drawers. Seal raw wood or metal surfaces to facilitate cleaning and to prevent the accumulation of bacteria. Lightly sand and apply a layer of polyurethane (for wood) or an appropriate paint.
Install the conservation paper to help preserve the surface and facilitate easier cleaning. Paper is inexpensive, but cannot be washed and must be replaced frequently. The rubber is washable, slips less often, and provides some cushioning – making it an excellent choice for earthquake-prone areas.
- To remove stains around the handles of cabinet doors and drawers, bring heavy artillery because these stains are likely to be the most difficult to remove – a mixture of body oils and traces of food.
- On laminate, metal, or glass cabinets, try a heavy-duty household cleaner, like the ones you find in supermarkets.
- Spray it on a cloth or sponge and apply it to dirty areas.
- Let the cleaner sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a wrung cloth or sponge.
- Wipe with a dry cloth.
To clean the shelves
- Use the same methods as for exterior surfaces.
- Tablets need to be cleaned once or twice a year – if you assume that you clean up any spills when they do occur.
- To remove an old spill, sprinkle with baking soda and wipe with a damp cloth.
Never use scouring powder or abrasives on painted or plastic furniture – you will remove the surface, tarnish the finish and make cabinets more challenging to clean next time.
- Use an all-purpose household spray cleaner and elbow grease to get rid of grime.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove the product.
Pay attention to natural wood
Cabinets with a natural wood finish can be cleaned with a variety of commercial products, many of which are sprays prepared for this purpose.
- Read the label to make sure the product can be used on finished wood and follow the instructions exactly.
- Make sure you have adequate ventilation since these cleaners are solvent-based. It is a good idea to remove the drawers and doors and work on the outside if you can.
- Make sure there is no spark, flame, or pilot light in the kitchen.
- First, test the cleaner inside a door, to make sure there is no problem. Virtually all modern commercial wooden cabinets have finishes that are impervious to these cleaners. However, old or homemade cabinets could have a more delicate finish, which could be dissolved by solvents.
- Dispose of the cleaning cloths in a well-sealed container, again away from sparks and flame.
Tackle tough dirt
If there is a massive build-up of grease and dirt on your natural wood finish cabinets, commercial cleaners may not be enough to keep them clean. Pure mineral spirits could do the trick on grime.
- Again, make sure you have lots of ventilation through open windows and that there are no flames or sparks nearby.
- Test a small area inside to make sure the mineral spirits do not dissolve the finish.
- Moisten a cloth with mineral spirits and rub the cupboards vigorously.
- Fold the fabric over so that it does not collect dust.
- Store dirty rags in a sealed container for disposal.
Wax after cleaning
You generally don’t need to wax the finish of modern kitchen cabinets. But heavy cleaning can leave the surface dull.
- Apply paste wax to your cupboards.
- Polish it as described on the product label.
Waxing should let your cupboards shine as if they were new. It will also offer some resistance to future dirt.
Kitchen cabinets noticeably collect grease and dirt. If yours require a good cleaning, follow these tips and they will be shiny in no time.