When was the last time you cleaned your kitchen cabinets? Everything in the kitchen gets regularly cleaned except the kitchen cabinets. You always wash your countertop, sink, stove, and the rest of the kitchen. One reason we hear was that the kitchen cabinets don’t get as dirty as the rest of the kitchen. Maybe right, but the cabinet, like any part of the house, needs a deep clean, even in a low-maintenance kitchen. How often? At least every six months for deep cleaning to avoid grease and dirt accumulation and a quick weekly touch-up on regular bases.
Before you clean your kitchen cabinets, first you must know some basic things about kitchen cabinets. Not all cabinets are created the same. Some cabinets are painted, others are not. Some cabinets have fancy knobs or handle; some don’t have one. Either way, you must be careful. The kitchen gets greasy and dirty most of the time from the cooking steam. The oil particles travel in the air and stick on the surface of the cabinets. Also, the handprints that we add during cooking. The amount of dirt from our hands while cooking transfers from cabinet to cabinet. And the handles get sticky and dirty.
With that said, let’s start with touch-up cleaning: (Once a week)
- Prepare the sink with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing soap.
- Use a terry towel cleaning cloth because it can remove the sticky dirt on the cabinet doors and handles.
- Have a dry microfiber cleaning towel ready to dry the cabinets.
- Grab a ladder to reach the top part of the cabinets.
- Submerge the terry towel in the water solution and wring it.
- Fold in two and use the ladder to reach the top part of the cabinets.
- Work one cabinet at a time. Start from the top left right left, making a zigzag back and forth.
- Use the dry microfiber to dry each cabinet. Use your hand to feel the surface.
This touch-up cleaning must be done regularly to lessen your time doing the cabinet deep cleaning.
For heavy deep cleaning of the cabinets:
- Add a degreaser and small toothbrush to your list of supplies.
- First, clean the cabinet using the touch-up method. Remember, do not soak the cabinets in water or cleaning solution. You must be careful with the cleaning to protect the paint and/or the cabinet’s finish.
- The small toothbrush is for door handles, small tight areas, or crevices.
- Do not let the water stick onto the hinges; have a dry microfiber towel ready for drips.
- Use the degreaser to remove the grease.
- Place towels on the floors to protect the kitchen floors.
- Spray the product directly into the cabinets and pay extra attention to the amount coming out from the sprayer. Make sure not to soak the cabinet.
- Wipe top to bottom using the sponge this time.
- For deep cleaning, the sponge is a good tool. It can absorb the degreaser better than the terry towel.
- To avoid spreading the grease, no zigzag wiping here. Straight top-down motion with the sponge.
- Once the grease residue is gone. Rinse the cabinets using the cleaning towel, submerge the towel in warm water, wring dry the towel, and wipe each cabinet to remove the degreaser remnant.
- Lastly, dry each cabinet.
Protect your cabinet from grease and dirt. Do not skip the regular touch-up cleaning, do the once or twice-a-year deep cleaning.
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