Maintaining Your Cabinets

In order to preserve your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and keep them looking their best, they do require a little bit of attention. While the average homeowner usually takes the time to clean up major and obvious stains, it is important to pay attention to the more gradual accumulations of grime, dust and sediment that builds up on the cabinet surface over time. The good news is, the maintenance is easy!

One important note is that moisture is the enemy Рdo not let moisture accumulate. If there is a spill or moisture is beading around the stovetop or in bathrooms, give the cabinets a quick wipe-down with a clean dry cloth.

Weekly maintenance for cabinets – ideally it is recommended that you give your cabinets a “bath” once a week to maintain their aesthetic beauty. This is quick and simple to do. All you need is a bucket of warm water mixed with a little bit of mild, grease-busting dish soap. Use a clean cloth with the solution (making sure to wring it out) and wipe the cabinets all over, making sure to rinse and re-wring the cloth every few doors or drawers. Use a dry, clean cloth to wipe up any residual moisture drops.

Occasional cabinet maintenance – if your cabinets are looking dirtier than normal whether it be from the accumulation of grease from cooking all the time, or children’s fingerprints all over the cabinets, then try this solution. Sometimes it takes a little more than regular dish soap and warm water to refresh your cabinets. We recommend using Murphy’s Oil Soap – make a solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of Murphy’s Oil Soap to a gallon of warm water. Using a clean rag, dip into the solution and wring out excess before wiping the cabinets down. As mentioned in the previous tip, make sure to rinse and re-wring every few doors or drawers, and make sure to have a dry, clean rag to wipe up any moisture.

Important note: Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners, especially those with alcohol or ammonia as these can deteriorate the cabinet’s finish. Also, avoid using any “miracle cabinet cleaners” as they usually have abrasive chemicals in them and will strip the finish. It is also not necessary to wax your cabinets either.

Simple tips to protect your cabinets:

  • Avoid direct sunlight. This can cause the cabinets to yellow, especially if they are white. Consider draperies, blinds, or window film to shield your cabinets from direct sunlight.
  • Always use your exhaust fan. The moment you start using your cooktop, microscopic food or grease particles enter the air and land on your kitchen surfaces, including cabinets. As soon as you begin cooking anything on the stove, turn on the exhaust fan to suck up as much particles as possible.
  • Clean up as soon as possible. Remember not to let those stains linger. Prolonged exposure to spills can cause permanent discoloration or damage to your cabinets’ finish.

 

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