With a great kitchen come greater responsibilities. You kitchen cabinets are constantly exposed to grease from cooking, dirt and bacteria, and they need to be cleaned on a weekly basis. Keeping your kitchen cabinets sparkling clean has many benefits — they ensure visual aesthetics and keep your children safe as well. Plus, a clean kitchen cabinets mean better hygiene and longer life for the cabinet materials.
Here are some easy kitchen cabinet cleaning tips to help you keep them looking almost new around the year.
How Often Should You Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets?
It depends on how much cooking you do. If your kitchen works overtime, the cabinets are likely to get dirty pretty quickly. In such a case, the countertops and kitchen cabinet surfaces will require some basic daily cleaning such as wiping with a wet cloth dipped in hot water.
For millennial families and others who do less cooking, a daily cleaning regimen may be too much. It should be enough to devote half an hour every weekend to the task.
Your cleaning routine needs to be aligned with your kitchen cabinet and countertop materials. Some materials may require better care or put another way, you may be inclined to take greater care of cabinets that are more expensive to purchase and to repair.
Materials Needed For Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning
Kitchen cabinet cleaning can be accomplished with water, some mild detergent, soft cloth and/or sponge. In addition to these basic materials, you can use vinegar, cleaning liquid, baking soda, alcohol, and ammonia for specific cleaning tasks.
You will also need an old toothbrush (or a brush with soft bristles) and a pair of reusable cleaning gloves.
Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning Tips for Ordinary Cabinet Stains
Diluted vinegar will do the job most of the time to clean those grease stains. Dampen a wet cloth in some diluted vinegar and apply to the grease or stain and then wipe the area with a clean piece of soft cloth. Even a mild detergent mixed in warm water will do the job for cleaning the stains if the stains are small and fresh.
Stubborn Stains: In case of stubborn stains, you can apply undiluted vinegar to the stain with a wet piece of cloth dipped in the vinegar and then clean the stain with a soft piece of cloth. Once the stain is gone, you can wipe the area with a dry, soft cloth.
Stubborn Grease Marks: To remove the most stubborn type of grease marks, you can create a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Using a wet cloth dipped in warm water, take some of the paste and apply that to wherever the grease marks are; wait a few minutes and then rub it with a wet cloth or sponge or brush and pour some clean water on it and dry with a cloth.
Cleaning Fingerprint Marks: Diluted vinegar also works to remove fingerprint marks on cabinets. Apply some diluted vinegar to the fingerprint by and then clean with a soft cloth.
Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning Tips for Wood and Laminate Cabinets
Wood kitchen cabinets definitely give your kitchen a classy look and they are easier to maintain than other types of cabinets. You can clean them with homemade cleaners.
Humidity and Moisture: Since moisture and humidity reduce the life of your wood cabinets, make sure there are no steam-producing kitchen appliances under the cabinets. Likewise, environmental humidity levels can damage wood cabinets. Therefore, it’s important to ensure the temperature and humidity levels stay steady via a good HVAC system.
Dust: Occasional dusting will take care of basic cleaning and you can reduce the frequency of extensive cleaning efforts.
For basic cleaning, a soft cloth or sponge dipped in detergent water will do the job. After applying the soapy water to the cabinet surface, rinse with clean water and dry with another dry, soft cloth.
Sticky Grease: For sticky grease on cabinet surfaces, you’ll need a 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water solution. Dip a soft cloth or sponge in the mixture and rub the grease. Then, dry the surface with a soft, dry cloth.
Sticky Spots: For sticky spots that are a bit more stubborn, you’ll need to apply undiluted vinegar to the spot or a paste of baking soda and water. After rubbing the spot with either preparation, you have to rinse it with clean water and then dry the spot with a soft cloth.
These steps also work for laminate and metal cabinets. As long as the finish is there, wooden cabinets can be cleaned. If water seeps through it, you may need to refinish your cabinets.
Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning Tips for Glass-Paneled Cabinets
If you have glass kitchen cabinets, you’ll need to clean the glass with a commercial cleaning liquid or you can just make your own cleaning liquid by mixing one part water with one part white vinegar. You can also use commercial glass cleaners containing ammonia.
Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning: General Precautions
There are some general precautions related to cabinet cleaning. Be aware of the harm strong cleaning chemicals may cause to your cabinet materials.
Wooden cabinets and moisture don’t get along well together. If you use ammonia for cleaning, ensure your kitchen windows are open so that the fumes escape and you don’t inhale those noxious fumes. It’s better to be aware of the consequences of some action rather than suffer them.
Finally, your floors may be wet and slippery while doing any kind of cleaning. So, take adequate precautions not to slip and fall.
Depending on how much you use your kitchen, a cleaning frequency of once-a-month should be fine. Naturally, if you delay the cleaning for six months, it will take some more effort to do the cleaning when you finally decide to do it.