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How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

The best way to clean kitchen cabinets, or any cabinet for that matter, is good old fashion TLC. Oftentimes, warm water, a diluted all-purpose cleaner and tough scrubbing will do the trick. However, this process can drastically change based on your cabinet surface. Below, you will find the best ways to clean wood, painted and metal kitchen cabinets.

How to Clean Wood Cabinets
The best way to clean wood cabinets is by purchasing an oil-soap wood cleaner. Many can be purchased relatively cheap from your local hardware store. On the other hand, you could clean your wooden cabinets using everyday materials you probably already own.

Detergent:

Homeowners can use any oil/grease cutting dish or laundry detergent and water to clean their wood cabinets. As a general rule, you should mix two cups of water with every cup of detergent. Don’t overwet the cabinets as it could ruin the finish. After applying cleaning solution, clean it down with a damp cloth and then wipe down with a separate dry cloth.

Vinegar:

If you don’t have liquid-based detergents, vinegar and water is a valuable substitution. Vinegar is good for removing sticky films most likely caused by dirty hands.

Baking Soda:

The hardest stains should be confronted with baking soda. Create a paste by mixing with water and then wipe it clean with a wet cloth.
As with all our methods discussed, homeowners should test the chosen supplies on small areas that are not easily noticeable. Wait a few hours before tackling more visible cabinets to make sure you are not ruining the finish or color.

 

How to Clean Painted Cabinets

Oil-based painted cabinets, much more durable than wood, can always take a good scrubbing. You may use the same products discussed above or any all-purpose cleaner. Since you don’t have to worry about the finish, you should be able to scrub hard enough to remove the dirt or food-borne bacteria with all-purpose cleaners. Just like wooden cabinets, the best way to clean stubborn stains on painted kitchen cabinets is with baking soda and water.

If your cabinets used a water-based latex style of paint, use caution when scrubbing. Especially with baking soda, you may scratch the surface. Better to stick with warm water and a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. Remember to rub the surface gently.

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