Choosing Cleaning Products
Regular cleaning can help reduce the build up on cabinets and doesn’t take much time to get done, as compared to doing it after months. When cleaning kitchen cabinets, you got to be careful of the type of material your cabinet is made of and the recommended cleaning chemicals for them. Painted surfaces, vinyl or metal can simply be cleaned with detergent and warm water. Be sure to rinse well with plain water and dry with a lint free cloth.
All purpose cleaners can generally be used on these surfaces. Read the label carefully before using any product on your cabinetry. Information is included for consumers regarding surfaces where a cleaner is safe and those it can damage. To be sure, always test the cleaner on an inconspicuous area before using on the entire cabinet. Rinse and dry to remove any residue.
If you’re sensitive to the strong chemicals from cleaning products and worry about your environment, then basic, house hold remedies can also be used to manage kitchen cabinet cleaning. One of the most common house-hold remedy is the use of white vinegar or lemon juice mixed with warm water for cleaning stubborn grease. Baking soda or club soda can be used to remove staining. Rinse with water and dry with a lint free cloth after cleaning.
Cleaning Wood Kitchen Cabinets
Spray cleaners that are made for wood furniture can be used on cabinets. Check to be sure the product you purchase is safe for your finish. Follow the directions carefully when using any cleaning product. It’s always a good idea to test a spot before using the cleaner, even if the can states that it’s good for your finish.
Some wood cleaners are flammable and are clearly mentioned in the label. When using these products, keep away from heat sources. Don’t smoke cigarettes and make sure the oven does not have any leaks and is not accidentally switched on. Any carelessness could ignite a spark causing a fire in the kitchen.
Cleaning wood cabinets can sometimes dull the finish. If this happens, you can restore the shine with furniture polish. Furniture wax can also be used to fix a dull finish. Some of these products will require buffing. It’s a good idea to polish wood cabinets regularly to preserve the wood and keep the shine.
Cleaning Hardware on Kitchen Cabinets
The hardware on your cabinets can get the same build up of grease and grime from foods. Remove the hardware before cleaning the cabinets. Clean the cabinets and then clean the hardware. When both have been cleaned, replace the handles on the cabinets and drawers. This will give your whole kitchen a lift.
The cleaner you should use for your hardware depends on the material. Cleaners and polishes are commercially available for every type of metal. Be sure the one you choose is suitable for your hardware. Using the wrong cleaner could damage the handles and cost you money in replacing them.