You finally invested in those beautiful wood cabinets you always wanted, but now - how do you take care of the cabinets? That is an important thing to consider to keep your beautiful cabinets in good shape. It is simple to keep your cabinets clean and there are some things to keep in note. We will go over these things in this article.
Dust is everywhere. And it gets on EVERYTHING. Regular dusting helps to keep dust from piling on - and those with dust allergies will thank you! Just take a cotton cloth and dust off the cabinets during your regular Kitchen cleaning.
It is suggested that you do some deep cleaning at least twice a year. When you are doing deep cleaning of your cabinets you just need a few supplies so you can make sure to get off all the film, food and bacteria that has built up from heavy usage - our kitchens are very busy places! You’ll need a cotton cloth and some regular oil based dish soap. You can make a cleaning mixture by mixing the oil based dish detergent with water. You don’t want to use anything too harsh as it will intrude on the protective finish of your cabinets. Use the cleaning mixture to wipe down the cabinets and follow up with a damp cloth. After that take a dry cotton cloth and dry everything down. Moisture is bad for cabinets so make sure you dry it up good!
Warning: Watch out against harsh detergents or waxes as they can do more damage then good. They will eat at the finish and could destroy your cabinets. Its better to stick to good ‘ol dish detergent.
It is important to take care of spills right away. Wood does not like moisture and so it is important to not let any water stand on your cabinets. Make sure you take a clean cloth and wipe up those spills right away. Prolonged spills can cause irreversible damage to the wood, leaving stains on the wood. If you have some water damage here is a trick that may help, depending on the damage: Cleaning Up Water Stains
I know it may be tempting to hang damp cloths on your cabinets, but that is a bad idea. Wood can be negatively effected by moisture so hanging a damp cloth on your cabinets is not doing your wood any favors.
If you have some tough stains on your cabinets you can use a mixture of water and either vinegar or baking soda to get those stains off. Make sure to wipe it off right away as both these items are acidic and if left on the wood can cause damage to the finish. This should only be used for tough stains and should not be used for regular cleaning.