Keeping Up Appearances: Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning Tips

While we each have a different idea in regards to what our dream kitchen would be like, one thing will always remain the same: we want clean counters and cabinets! After all this is what we see whenever we’re looking through home design magazines, envying everything that we see there. What these magazines don’t tell us though is that getting a kitchen looking quite so clean requires a lot of elbow grease. And the more luxurious the cabinets are, the trickier the cleaning will become (not necessarily more difficult, just more particular). This is why it’s so important to glean some tips from experts.

Choosing the Right Cleaner

You’ll want to clean and polish your wood cabinets often because wood will dry out, which is something that you obviously don’t want to have happen. At the same time, you’ll also want to make sure to keep your wood cabinets clean by using a general, oil-based soap that’s been specifically made for these cabinets. Just make sure that you don’t get the wood too wet or it may rot. Of course, painted cabinets are hardier so more common cleaners like bleach can be used. One of the most popular solutions is baking soda but you need to make sure that it won’t scratch the wood first.

Cleaning Inside Your Kitchen Cabinets

Most cleaning services suggest that you use some type of liner on your shelves as it makes it easier for you to maintain the inside of your cabinets. Paper is the least expensive and easiest to replace thing that you can use here. Some people do prefer to use vinyl though. While it’s not expensive and it is easy to clean, you’ll find that it won’t stay in place too well.

Remember the Knobs and Handles

It doesn’t matter if you’re scrubbing your kitchen’s woodwork or cabinets, you’ll want to make sure that you clean all of the knobs, handles and various other fixtures as well. Whenever it’s time to do a full scrub down, take a moment to actually remove these things so that you can soak them in a water and dish soap solution in order to remove any of the caked on crud. You should also scrub them with a soft brush and maybe even consider rubbing a little polish over them to give them an extra shine.

Make Sure You Have the Right “Tools”

Whenever you’re ready to scrub your cabinets you should start off by making sure that you have all of the supplies gathered together in the same place in order to make it easier for you to actually do this job. By keeping your cleaning streamlined you will be much more efficient as you do this job. Some of the various items that you’re going to need include your cleaning solutions (i.e. dish soap, baking soda, a vinegar based cleaning solution), your cleaning tools (i.e. scrub brushes, soft sponges, toothbrushes) and some clean dish towels. You can put all of these things into a container like a mop bucket so that you have a “command base” to go to whenever you need to focus on getting your cabinets clean.

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