How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets
The kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms in the home, so it’s only natural to include it in your daily/weekly cleaning routine. While we know that we should be cleaning sinks and cooking areas to reduce germs, kitchen cabinets often get left behind on the chore list. Since cabinets can collect dust, food splatters, oil and grease, it’s important to know how to clean kitchen cabinets to maintain the overall beauty and health of our kitchens.
- Microfiber cloth
- Old toothbrush
- Gentle cleaning solution (for wood cabinets, use Bona PowerPlus Wood Surface Deep Cleaner)
- Glass cleaner (optional)
- Vacuum (optional)
- Shelf liners (optional)
How to Clean Kitchen Cabinet Surfaces
Be sure to spot clean any spills or splatters immediately. Otherwise, kitchen cabinet surfaces can be cleaned weekly or biweekly to keep them looking their best without the hassle and time needed for a deep clean.
- If kitchen cabinets do not reach ceiling height, dust/clean cabinet tops.
- Apply cleaning solution to microfiber cloth. This helps control the amount of cleaner used and avoids the potential of getting your cabinet surfaces dripping wet.
- When cleaning kitchen cabinets, wipe from top to bottom.
- After cabinet surfaces are finished, wipe down drawer pulls and door handles.
- For tough dirt and grime and to get into the nooks and crannies of cabinet hardware, scrub surfaces with an old toothbrush.
- If your cabinets have any glass, use glass cleaner to get them streak-free.
- Use a new cloth lightly damp with water to remove any cleaning solution and give kitchen cabinets a final rinse.
- Let dry or use a new cloth to dry your kitchen cabinets.
How to Deep Clean Kitchen Cabinets
Every few months you should take the time to deep clean your kitchen cabinets. This involves cleaning cabinet interiors. The same process applies for cleaning kitchen cabinet surfaces but add the following steps for a total deep clean.
- Empty cabinets. Remove worn shelf liners if needed.
- Dust/vacuum cabinet shelves, starting from the top.
- Clean kitchen cabinet interior with cleaning solutions and microfiber cloth.
- Rinse and dry cabinet interior. Replace shelf linters if needed.
- Clean/dust cabinet contents. Get rid of any expired food items.
- Return cabinet contents. Make sure the interior is fully dry beforehand.
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