It doesn’t take so long for the kitchen cabinet to get all dirty and greasy – even if you clean your counters every day. From splashes of hot coffee to spilled chili sauce, dust, and condensed oil and water mixtures, there’s a long list of things that can get your cabinet dirty. And if they’re not cleaned out instantly, they make a mess of your kitchen and can become hideouts for bacteria.
It may not be an easy task, but the external parts of your kitchen cabinet should be cleaned at least once a week. And the interior parts should be thoroughly cleaned out at least once a month. It might seem like a herculean task to clean every single cabinet – especially if you have a large kitchen. But taking it one cabinet at a go would make it a lot easier.
Get Your Supplies Ready
Before you get started with cleaning out your cabinet, you want to ensure that you have everything you’ll need handy. For most of the cabinet materials, all you’d need are soft cleaning towels and a solution of water and mild dish soap. A special cabinet cleaner would also be handy. Still, the dish soap solution is basically all you need to get stains, grease, and dust off your cabinet.
However, you can also choose to use baking soda, vacuum cleaner, vinegar, and even a multi-purpose cleaner. Before you use a versatile cleaner, ensure it is compatible with your cabinet’s finish by testing it on a small unnoticeable spot.
Wipe the External Parts of Your Cabinet Clean
To clean out the external parts of your cabinet, begin from the highest regions, then clean your way to the bottom. Spray your cleaning solution onto the towel, and wipe out the cabinet with the wet cloth.
For wooden cabinets, remember to get all the wetness out by drying the cleaned surface with a clean towel. For glass exteriors, spray a commercial glass cleaning solution onto the cleaning cloth (lint-free), and wipe the glass clean.
Do not spray directly on your cabinet to avoid tampering with the color and texture of the finish material.
To clean metallic fixtures on your cabinet, use a toothbrush and a solution of equal amounts of lukewarm water and vinegar to scrub the installation. If you can, disassemble the fixture before cleaning out the cabinet.
Don’t Forget Edges and Hidden Corners
Hidden parts of your cabinets are pretty easy to leave out. Sadly, they are also the parts that accumulate dust and grime the most. If possible, let edges and corners be the first spots you clean, so you don’t get to forget them.
Drawer handles and cabinet door knobs are also carriers of dirt – and possibly germs. Clean them out thoroughly, and be careful not to get them dirty again while you clean out other parts of the cabinet.
Get Into that Storage Compartment
You may be tempted to stop cleaning once your cabinet surfaces are all clean and shiny. But the interior parts of your cabinets need washing more than you think they do. You don’t want dirt and grime building up and sticking to your storage containers and cereal boxes, do you?
For thorough cleaning, you need to get every content of your cabinet compartments out. Don’t forget to start from the top, and then work to the bottom of your cabinets.
It would be nice to first vacuum clean the cabinets if you have food crumbs and spice residue spattered around. After vacuum cleaning, wipe out the compartments with a towel soaked in a cleaning solution. Then wipe the surfaces completely dry with another clean cloth.
For your containers and boxes, wipe them clean with a damp cleaning cloth, and ensure they are completely dried before returning them. It is advisable to leave your cleaned cabinet open and empty for about 2 hours before replacing their contents.
Deal With Stubborn Stains
Scraping isn’t the ideal way to get rid of stubborn stains and grime. Baking soda paste or orange oil cleaners should be used instead. Allow the cleaner or soda paste to stay and soften the stain for a few minutes before wiping with a cleaning cloth.
To ensure your cabinet stays clean for a reasonable length of time, apply a mixture of equal amounts of vinegar and vegetable oil onto a dry cleaning towel. Then polish your cabinets and kitchen surfaces with it until they begin to shine.
To reduce the need for frequent thorough cleaning, dust out your cabinet fortnightly with a duster or clean kitchen rugs. Also, clean up stains, spills, and splashes the moment they occur. This prevents them from building up and drying out to create a mess on your surfaces. Heat is apparently the number one enemy of your kitchen cabinet finish materials. Therefore, keep heating appliances like microwaves and coffee machines away from your cabinet.
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