With the right tools and a few simple tips, home owners can keep their cabinets looking sparkling with minimal effort.
Step 1 – Cleaning Regularly
Letting grease accumulate on your kitchen cabinets will only end up making more work for you when it comes to cleaning it off. Keeping a regular and routine cleaning schedule can really help shave off some of the time and effort required to keep clean looking cabinets. Try making a weekly habit out of wiping down the cabinet exteriors with a clean, damp cloth. Also make sure to wipe down the cabinets with some washing up liquid and water immediately after spilling anything greasy, before wiping off any residue and wiping dry – you’ll be thankful you did.
Step 2 – Clearing Cabinets Every Other Month
To prevent excessive build up of crumbs and other bits of food, make sure to clear out the contents of your kitchen cabinets once every few months and give them a thorough clean. Not only will this improve hygiene, but it will also help to prevent ants and other pests from entering the house. Upon removing the cabinets contents, it’s worth checking the expiry dates on all food items and removing anything that has passed its sell by date. If the food containers are particularly built up with grease and/or dirt then it’s wise to give them a wipe down before removing any dirt or crumbs with some kitchen towel or, if you have one, a hand held vacuum cleaner.
Step 3 – Choosing the Correct Cleaning Product
Whilst standard washing up liquid is usually more than adequate for ridding your cabinets of grease, you might sometimes find that heavier build ups are more difficult to remove. If this is the case then there are many commercial cleaners on the market that will lift the grease and grime right up. However, it’s advisable to look before you leap; some cleaners might react differently and can cause discolouration or even peeling. To avoid any unwanted after effects, test out the cleaner on a hidden part of the cabinet, such as an interior corner. If the product affects the surface of the cabinet then avoid using it. There are many natural cleaning alternatives that are often equally effective, such as lemon juice and vinegar. Mixing baking soda with water can also lift heavy amounts of grime.
Step 4 – Cleaning The Cabinets
Some cleaners often require to be mixed with water in order to create a solution which can then be applied to the cabinets either with a cloth or sprayed. When the cleaner has been applied, scrub the surface gently with a sponge or scrubber, choosing a non-abrasive scrubber so as not to leave scratches. Clear any residue with a damp cloth and repeat until your cabinets are squeaky clean before wiping the surfaces with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture. You’ll be amazed at what a difference your newly cleaned cabinets will make to your kitchen.