Cleaning Tips To Keep Your Cabinets Looking Brand New

Would you like your kitchen cabinets to seem like new for years to come? Here are some cleaning tips that can keep your storage looking stellar.

Be Gentle

Your goal is to clean up dust and kitchen splatter while maintaining the finish of your cabinetry, so using a gentle approach is a must. Rather than using harsh commercial cleansers, make your own by mixing 1 part dish detergent and 2 parts hot water in a spray bottle. Dampen a rag or microfiber towel with this mixture, taking care not to saturate your cloth. Too much moisture can damage any paint or finishes on your cabinets and may get trapped in hinges, which can lead to rust and corrosion.

Get Into the Nooks and Crannies

As you wipe down the cabinet facings with your moistened cloth remember to go over the inside of each cupboard, and don’t overlook the handles or pulls. When cleaning edges, corner trim or tight spots around hardware you can dip a small brush into the cleaning solution to gently scour these areas. A toothbrush is the perfect tool to reach the less accessible parts of your cabinetry.

Give Everything a Final Rinse and Wipe

For your last step, lightly moisten a clean cloth with plain warm water. Working from the top of your cabinets down to avoid leaving drip marks, go over each panel to remove any remaining cleaner. Don’t forget to run this cloth over the hinges and other hardware. Dry all areas of the cabinets with a soft, lint-free cloth immediately after wiping them so the finish on your cabinets doesn’t buckle and no moisture is left on the hardware.

Kitchens are often the messiest rooms in any home, so frequent and proper cleaning of your cabinets is a must. With a little tender loving care and some elbow grease, your cupboards can hang onto their good looks.