How to Keep your Cabinetry in Great Shape
Cabinets are one of the most heavily used parts of a kitchen but unfortunately also one of the most neglected areas when it comes to cleaning. You wipe down your countertops after every meal/prep (hopefully), but when was the last time you gave your cabinets a good clean? Proper and regular cleaning of your cabinetry can help extend their lives and keep them looking nice and new. Here a few tips to help you keep your cabinetry in great shape despite heavy use.
- Clean consistently. If you wait multiple weeks between cabinet cleanings your work will pile up and each cleaning will have to be more in-depth than you have time for. Alternatively, if you do a quick wipe down every few days you prevent the build-up of grease residue and grime that can cause stubborn stains and discoloration. If you notice larger splatters as you are cooking, it is best to address those right away. It is always easiest to clean up messes right when they happen so do that as much as possible. When wiping down your cabinets, use a warm nonabrasive cloth as to not cause scratches on the surface.
- Avoid chemicals. Chemical cleaners can be super harsh on wood cabinetry and can cause damage that actually decreases their life span. Chemicals to avoid would be acetone, ammonia, or bleach—these can cause dullness or even strip away your cabinet’s finish. Rather, it is best to either use a warm cloth or natural cleaners with simple ingredients. Consider using vinegar or mild dish soap to help break down buildup and grime. After cleaning, make sure to follow the damp cloth with a dry one as moisture can cause damage to wood as well.
- Wax on, wax off. Don’t be afraid to use a seal, oil, or wax on your cabinets every 6 months or so. The finish and material of your cabinets dictate which one you should use so always do your research to see which is best for your cabinet type. Regular sealing or waxing can add an extra layer of protection for your cabinets from dirt, grease, and steam. When applying, it is best to spray the wax onto a clean rag to apply to the cabinets to ensure even distribution.
- Handle with care. Beyond the cleaning of your cabinets, it is important to treat your cabinets nicely. Don’t slam them closed as over time, this can break your cabinets down or even ding or chip the inside of your cabinet doors. It’s best to install handles on your cabinets to deter users from needing to slam them shut. A lot of newer cabinets also have soft-close hinges that actually make it impossible to slam them shut.
Of course, if your cabinets are past the point of no return, you can always call your local Kitchen Solvers to start the process of a kitchen remodel. We’ll come to your home to take a look at your cabinets to help you decide if brand new cabinets are necessary or if a cabinet reface could do the trick. Learn more about Kitchen Solvers and The Pleasant Remodeling Experience on our website.