How Can I Clean My Kitchen Cabinets?

25th April 2014

The kitchen is an area where a lot of food is kept and prepared, so it’s paramount that it’s kept clean and hygienic. Your kitchen cabinets should be no different! Over time it’s inevitable that dust will congregate and cause a mess.

Some of the most common culprits of dull looking cabinets are food smudges, fingerprints, and the build up of grease. The longer you leave your kitchen cabinets, the harder the cleaning process will be. Follow the tips in this article to make cleaning your kitchen cabinets a more efficient and effective process.

How can I clean my wooden kitchen cabinets?

Wood is notoriously bad for gathering dust and grime, so it’s recommended that you wash or polish your kitchen cabinets at least three times a year. Spills should be cleaned up immediately, use a cloth and mild soap to do this. When you have done that, wipe dry with a clean cloth. Always clean each item within the cabinet, this will ensure that dirty items are not placed back inside clean kitchen cabinets.

Mild detergents are the most effective cleaning agents on wooden cabinets and should be used with warm water and a soft rag. To dust wooden kitchen cabinets, use a lint free cloth. You can dampen the cloth with water or a dust removal spray if need be.

A few don’ts when cleaning wooden kitchen cabinets:

• Never use harsh detergents or soap pads on wooden kitchen cabinetry. These can ruin the wooden finish and leave the cabinets looking worse.

• Avoid using wax and polish that contains silicone; the wax can be tricky to remove and will leave excess residue that attracts dust.

How can I clean my painted kitchen cabinets?

Painted kitchen cabinets look great and are a wonderful feature in traditional style kitchens. However, if they aren’t cleaned regularly they can get to look quite shabby! To clean your painted kitchen cabinets, you should start by emptying them and cleaning the inside with soap and water.

When you have finished cleaning the inside of the cabinets, dust down your cabinet doors with a lint-free cloth. After you have dusted the cabinet doors, give them a scrub with warm soapy water. Before using the warm soapy water you should test it in an inconspicuous place, this will ensure that the soap doesn’t harm the paint on your cabinets. Finish by drying the cabinets with a clean cloth.

How can I clean my high gloss kitchen cabinets?

High gloss kitchen cabinets are becoming increasingly popular in modern and contemporary style kitchens due to their attractive finish. The inside of a gloss kitchen cabinet should be cleaned in the same way as any other kitchen cabinet. First of all you should remove its contents.

When you have done this, clean the inside using soapy water and a clean cloth. Make sure you don’t apply too much water to the inside of the cabinets. Clean any items before placing them back in the cabinet. To clean the exterior of your high gloss kitchen cabinets, use glass cleaner and a clean rag. When you have finished cleaning the cabinet doors, dry them with a microfiber cloth.

How can I clean my glass, kitchen cabinet door panels?

Glass cabinet door panels can add a real touch of elegance to your kitchen, but when they get dirty, they can also bring the rest of your kitchen down. If you have glass panels installed in your kitchen cabinet doors, you will need to clean them at least three times a year.

To clean the glass, you should use a commercial glass cleaner. It’s important that you never apply glass cleaner directly to the surface of the glass. Spray a small amount of glass cleaner on to a clean towel and wipe the glass clean. Be careful not to apply glass cleaner to the cabinet finish or parts whilst cleaning as this can cause unnecessary damage.

Cleaning products that should be avoided:
The following cleaning products should be avoided to prevent damage to the cabinet finish.

• Harsh detergents, abrasive cleaning products such as kitchen sink cleaners, scouring products, self polishing waxes and steel wool

• Dirty sponges or cloths as they might contain excess food residue or particles that could potentially scratch your kitchen cabinets

• Cleaning products that contain ammonia

• Cleaning products that contain bleach

• Silicone based cleaning and polishing products

How to prevent moisture from damaging your kitchen cabinets

Moisture is one of the most common causes of kitchen cabinetry damage. To avoid leaving your kitchen cabinets susceptible to moisture, you should refrain from draping damp dishtowels or clothing over cabinet doors. The moisture can cause irreversible damage to your cabinets such as peeling and discolouration.