The idea of cleaning kitchen cabinets sounds easy and quick, doesn’t it? But we all know how we end up postponing, procrastinating and cleaning them in a hurry. Although there is a lot more to it…
Why Clean Kitchen Cabinets?
Cleaning the kitchen cabinets is a major part of cleaning a home. Kitchens are one of the most worked rooms, and if preserved well, kitchen cabinets can last a very long time, almost up to 50 years! But if you don’t maintain your kitchen cabinets they can wither away in just 20-30 years. Kitchen cabinets replacement can cost 60-70% of the total price of a full-scale kitchen renovation. I think that’s a good enough reason to start maintaining the cabinets properly!
Normally we all wipe the kitchen counters and mop the floor almost every day. However, the kitchen cabinets don’t get enough attention. Everyday dirt, dust, splatters, grease, and other cooking residues get accumulated in the cabinet surfaces like a tacky glue mixture that becomes impossible to get rid off! Due to this, even bacteria like Salmonella can easily contaminate on handles & knobs. Dirt and old food particles should not build up in the places we store empty utensils. Therefore, it is crucial to clean the kitchen cabinets for our own well-being and hygiene.
Prolong the life of Wooden Cabinets:
Wood reacts to weather changes, like moisture, light & temperature. Humidity Control is important for Wooden Cabinets as the wood is based on fine furniture industry standards and are accustomed to 5%-8% moisture content of the factory. Woodworking industry suggests room temperature should be around 21°C with a relative humidity range of 25%-55%. If the relative humidity in a room increases, wood might gain moisture and expand. Whereas, it may lose moisture and contracts as relative humidity goes down. This process might leave gaps in the wooden pieces and help termites breed. So, it is necessary to spray Borate before painting the wood and use water/weather-proof paint.
Best ways to clean the Wooden Kitchen Cabinets:
- Keep the surfaces dry & free from liquids.
- Use a Microfibre sponge or cotton cloth to clean the cabinets. Do not use harsh cleansers, scrubs or pads on the surfaces. You can use Colin or DIY a mild mixture of one cup water and 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap.
- Cabinets with stained finishes require extra attention. Use a soft cloth and a warm soapy water solution to clean the dirt & grease. Immediately rinse with a clean cloth and then a dry clean soft cloth.
- For Cabinets with Opaque paints and matte finishes– just wipe them clean using a soft cloth/sponge using the same procedure mentioned above. Don’t rub vigorously, as it tends to lighten the shade and damages the original look of the surface.
Best Ways to Clean Kitchen Cabinets made of other materials:
- Use a stainless steel cleaner to clean Stainless Steel Cabinets. Do not use acids, solvents or abrasive cleaners as they might ruin the surface and overall appearance.
- For Plastic Laminate Cabinets: wipe with a mild soapy water solution, rinse and dry with a soft cloth. You can use the grease-cutting agent for stubborn stains and then wipe with the mild soap solution.
- For Cabinets made of Metallic Laminates: Do not use abrasive cleaners, scrubbing pads, sandpapers, or steel wool, as these products can permanently damage them! Solutions of Acids, Alkaline or Ammonia-based cleaners or other liquids may also damage them. Therefore, it is best to use a microfibre pad or soft cloth to wipe them.
DIY Cleanser Solution at home:
Just add 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl with 1-2tablespoon of warm water. Squeeze a lemon in it and mix it well. You can apply this paste on any material, surface and even stubborn stains of grease and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Then, use a brush or soft cloth to gently rub the surface and rinse well with a damp cloth.
These were the basic yet the best ways to clean the kitchen cabinets. If you have any further queries on maintaining cabinets, our team at Hacker Kitchens would be happy to assist you!\