Cabinets are usually the most expensive parts of your kitchen. So, if you have installed new kitchen cabinets lately, you must take care of them regularly with proper maintenance measures and cleaning solutions so that they look new and remain functional for years to come.
Here are some simple things to consider if you wish to increase the lifespan of your kitchen cabinets –
Dedicating a portion of your day to clean the kitchen cabinets is an effective way to keep up their beautiful appearance. To do that, you should take a soft damp cloth and a mild dishwater solution, just in case the plain water doesn’t do the job well.
Start by wiping them down for a few times. In case, you have wooden cabinets, then wipe off in the direction of the grain on the cabinets. When you are done, use a dry towel to absorb the excess moisture and keep the grease and grime at bay.
Eliminating Stubborn Stains and Marks
There might be some spots or stains on your cabinets that don’t go away with basic cleaning. In that situation, you can resort to a simple DIY home remedy using a mixture of baking soda/vinegar and water. Scrub the stain mildly and rinse it with water.
You can also buy over the counter products available in the market but stay away from harsh ones such as bleach, ammonia, thinners, plastic brushes, steel wools, etc. Also, avoid silicone or other chemical-based cleaners as they can lead to severe abrasions and scratches.
Cabinet refacing is essentially the process of replacing cabinet door skins and applying a new veneer or rigid thermofoil over their existing surfaces. It also involves adding new door hinges, handles, pulls, and other types of fixtures along with glass panels, crown moulding, and storage accessories, if necessary.
It is an easy task that any homeowner can do on his own. All he needs is a veneer starter kit containing the wood veneers and application materials, and desired doors. It will usually take a full week while doing yourself but can be finished off in two to four days if you take professional help.
Weekly Deep Cleaning
You may be able to do the regular cleaning of your kitchen cabinets in less than an hour, but it takes more time and commitment when it comes to deep cleaning them. You have to empty them and remove the shelf paper as well.
You won’t have to spend a lot of efforts because the interiors of the cabinets won’t be as dirty as the exteriors. But, since dust and crumbs can make their way from little gaps, using a gentle cleaning solution may come handy. Don’t forget thorough cleaning of open shelving and washing the dishes you display on them quite often.
Just make sure, you check with the manufacturer of your cabinets for their special instruction or advice.