Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

Cleaning kitchen cabinets is usually quite simple and often just takes some common sense and a little elbow grease.  The photo below is of an oak kitchen we built and installed that was stained a dark cherry.  It will show dirt more easily than a lighter stain, but following some simple steps will keep it looking terrific for years to come!

Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

  • If you've got a late model kitchen, chances are you can wipe it up with a mild soap and water.
  • If you wash your cabinets, don't let water sit pooled in corners and crevices.
  • If you have little children, you need to be extra careful.  To begin with, if you are building a new house or remodeling, try to pick out a wood that will hold up to abuse, such as oak.
  • Don't let children hang on doors and drawers (one of their favorite past-times!).
  • Know the rating of your drawers and rollouts.  Are they rated to 75 lbs., 100 lbs.?  You need to know how much is too much to put in them for storage.
  • Laminate Countertops are easily wiped up with soap and water.  If your countertop is newly installed, and you see little red marks or spots (the remnants of the glue used to hold the laminate on) you can remove those by rubbing lightly with fingernail polish (or lacquer thinner or acetone).
  • Clean wooden bread boards when they are dirty with soap and water.  Remember to rub a non-toxic vegetable oil into the board after it has dried.  You may need to repeat the rub-in two or three times to be sure it has penetrated the wood well.
  • If you have a cabinet that has a wooden top (like a file cabinet or locker cabinet - which is a cabinet that you can sit on and change shoes, etc., that has built in "lockers") remember than any wood, no matter how tough the finish is that's on it, will eventually absorb water.  Be sure not to let wet clothes or a wet glass sit on the wood for very long.

If you remember these common sense nuggets of wisdom when you are cleaning kitchen cabinets (and you'll probably think of a few of more on your own as you use your cabinets), cleaning kitchen cabinets will be a breeze.  Plus, you'll get to enjoy great looking cabinets for years to come.

If you'd like to delve a little deeper, and get more specific information about cabinet finishes (after all, that's what you are cleaning when you wipe down your cabinets!) click here from our Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets page to our Cabinet Finishes page.

And remember - Have a Happy Kitchen!!!


Kitchen Cabinet Finishes
From Lacquer to Water Base - what's right for you?

Cleaning Wood Kitchen Cabinets  
It's easy - you don't need "secret" cleansers or to be a pro.  This page tells you how!!

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