Cabinets are one of the kitchen areas with the most dirt, grease, and bacteria. Due to this, you should clean your cabinets on a weekly, or even a daily basis. The combination of warm water, a diluted cleaner and tough scrubbing is a quite effective way of kitchen cabinet cleaning. But, before you do your kitchen cabinet cleaning, considering the cabinet surface is important because a different material requires a different cleaning process. Here is the best way of wood, painted, and metal kitchen cabinet cleaning.
Using an oil-soap wood cleaner is the best way of wood kitchen cabinet cleaning. It can be purchased at your local hardware store at a relatively cheap price. Your wood cabinets can also be cleaned with everyday materials that you may have at home.
- Detergent: you can use water and laundry detergent to clean your wood cabinets. Mix a cup of detergent and two cups of water. Keep in mind not to over-wet the cabinets since the finish can be ruined. After you apply the cleaning solution and clean it down with a damp cloth, you need to wipe it down with a dry cloth.
- Baking soda: baking soda is effective to clean stubborn dirt. Mix it with water to create a paste and use a wet cloth to clean it.
- Vinegar: vinegar is a great replacement for liquid-based detergent. It is great material to clean sticky materials due to dirty hands.
To check whether the cleaning solution ruins the cabinet color and finish or not, try it at an unnoticeable small area of your cabinets.
You can do a hard scrubbing to remove dirt from the oil-based painted cabinets because they are durable and the finish won’t be affected. Any all-purpose cleaner and all the products mentioned above can be used. Water and baking soda are also the best painted kitchen cabinet cleaning material to remove stubborn dirt. For water-based latex painted cabinets, you better use nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner and scrub them gently because baking soda and hard scrubbing can scratch the surface.
Cleaning metal surface is easy. All the cleaning ideas mentioned above except baking soda can be applied to metal. But, you shouldn’t over-wet metal as well. It is because prolonged dampness will cause rust.
Good luck on trying these kitchen cabinet cleaning ideas!