How To Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets

By Woodrow Aames
RefacingCabinet.com Columnist

One of the key tasks in any kitchen tune up is a deep cleaning of your kitchen cabinets. You shouldn't have to repeat the effort frequently if you do a thorough job the first time, then continue to routinely wipe down your cabinets and surfaces as part of your kitchen chores. Not only will a deep cleaning add pizzazz to the busiest room of your house, it can extend the functional life of your kitchen cabinets.

Not everyone intuitively knows how to clean kitchen cabinets. It's not a matter of spraying cleaning solutions on the surfaces, doors, and drawer facings; you've got to remove what may be years of built-up grease and grime, and do it without damaging the paint or cabinet surfaces.

So, how to clean kitchen cabinets? Here's a breakdown of solutions you may need to complete this part of your kitchen tune up:

  • Orange oil-based cleaning soap specifically designed for wood kitchen cabinets (for deep cleaning)
  • Mild dish soap or detergent (for a light mop down)
  • Club soda, vinegar, or baking soda (for those who prefer to use natural cleaners).

A Kitchen Tune Up You'll Appreciate

The completed job will bring a smile to your face and a shine to your kitchen. But never use a heavy scouring power, steel wool, or a brush on cabinet surfaces or you'll risk scarring the finish or the wood. Use soft, pre-moistened cloths or sponges.

Try your cleaning solution on a hidden surface--say an inner door--then apply it with a moist rag. If the cloth is soft, you can use all the elbow grease you need. Use a dry cloth to wipe down the completed finish to prevent streaking, and apply wood wax if you need to spruce up the finish.



About The Author

Woodrow Aames has written articles and profiles for Yahoo, Microsoft Network, Microsoft Encarta, and other websites and print magazines around the world. He holds an MFA degree and has taught English abroad.

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