5 Tips for Cleaning Dirt and Grime Off Your Cabinets

Cabinets are necessary for most functional rooms in a home. Whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, playroom or home office, cabinets are an integral part of the space. With that being said, new cabinets cost money so the best plan is to take good care of the cabinets you already have through regular cleaning and maintenance.

It would be wonderful if cabinets could stay lovely and clean throughout their lifespan, but that’s just not reality. Cooking, spills, oils from our fingertips and other contributing factors lead to grimy cabinets that lose their pristine shine over time. Don’t fret, however, because there are ways to keep cabinets clean. Follow the guidelines below to ensure your cabinets stay beautiful.

1). As an easy daily remedy, use a clean, soft cotton or microfiber cloth dampened with warm water for laminate and high gloss cabinetry. This works well to remove wet grease or cooking splatters such as tomato sauce. The quicker you remove a stain, the better. The longer a stain remains on a surface, the more challenging it will be to remove.

2). For significant grime, a mild solution of dishwashing liquid (not dishwasher products) mixed with clean, warm water will take care of dirt and grease. The solution ratio should be 5% dishwashing liquid to 95% water.

3). After cleaning stained or painted cabinets, wipe them down with a clean, damp cloth. Afterward, be sure to dry them thoroughly as to prevent water stains. Laminates and high gloss materials must be dried with microfiber cloth to avoid scratches.

4). If you use something like a Clorox-based wipe, be sure to quickly follow up with warm water on a soft cloth. As another preservation tip, when disinfecting painted cabinetry it is always a good idea to test on an inconspicuous area first.

5). Another mixture that works well involves warm water and vinegar. Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water. Spray a mist on the cabinets and let it sit for a few minutes. After waiting, use a soft damp cloth to wipe off the vinegar solution. For extra tough stains, put a drop of dishwashing liquid into the vinegar solution.

6). If you have a stubborn stain like chocolate or syrup, create a homemade paste with salt and vinegar. Dip a toothbrush into the paste and lightly scrub the stained area. Once you’ve softened the grime, use the vinegar/water solution to fully clean the area. Baking soda and warm water on a sponge should also work for stubborn sticky stains.

7). To clean the hardware on your cabinet, dip a toothbrush into a store bought or homemade cleaner and scrub. The small toothbrush allows you to get in the nooks and crannies of the hardware.

If purchasing new cabinets isn’t in your near future, it’s very important to take care of existing cabinetry. Following simple cleaning rules and maintenance suggestions will ensure your cabinets remain beautiful for many years. If you are in a position to buy new cabinets, give the team at Braemar a call and let our professionals guide you through the process.