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How To Properly Care For Kitchen Cabinets

Taking care of your possessions is something that should have been taught early on in life, and this should carry over to all aspects of your home. Some items in a house can easily be overlooked, like kitchen cabinets. These kitchen necessities need attention to stay in pristine shape, and you have everything to do with whether they need replaced in a year, or in a decade.

These are the steps in securing longevity in your kitchen cabinets, and having them shine like the day they were installed.

The Correct Cleaners

Always look at the description of the cleaners and their main active ingredients. Some harsh chemicals can actually damage your cabinets. Ammonia is an ingredient commonly found in cleaning solutions that will damage the color or stain of  kitchen cabinets. A great rule of thumb is to never use a powdered cleaner on wood, or even wooden-overlays.

Natural cleaners can be made out of common household items and are unlikely to damage the furniture you are cleaning. A simple multi-use substance is vinegar. Dilute the vinegar with water and contain it in a spray bottle.

If the cabinet is suffering from caked-on food or hard-to-remove stains, combine water and baking soda and gently use a light circular motion and sponge to remove it.

Keep It Simple

It may seem elementary, but clearing dust from your cabinets can easily be done with regular water. Never let water set in and dry on its own, this is a fatal step in cabinet care and create dreaded bubbles in the veneer, or ruin the finish on solid wood kitchen cabinets. Discoloration is common when letting moisture stay too long on wood, so dry the freshly cleaned ares after it is washed. In most cases, a simple damp cloth will work instead of fully drenching the item in water.

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The Correct Towels

Choose a cleaning cloth that does not produce a ton of lint. Even an old t-shirt will give a much better result than a typical dish towel. Cheesecloth is also a good alternative to microfiber towels that are a little more expensive. As strange as it sounds, the more used a cloth is and how much it has been washed will make a difference. This makes the towel less likely to spread its fabric follicles to the surface you’re cleaning.

Inside and Out

Do not forget the crevices inside the cabinet. The most forgotten place is the inside ceiling of the cabinet. While it is a hassle to remove the contents and clean the inside, it should be done weekly to keep the space clean. Which, in return, will create

It’s All About Consistency

How often you perform cabinet care will depict how much work it will require each time to complete maintenance. Doing quick, daily cleaning will make the cabinet deterioration less likely over time. This, of course, only goes for the outside of the cabinet, the insides do need less attention.

Go The Extra Mile: Polish

After cleaning the cabinets thoroughly with one of the above methods, use a polishing solution to give the cabinet surface a buffed, shiny look. Most polishers contain a mineral il which coats and protects the wooden cabinets.

A homemade polish can be made with items that are likely in your kitchen already. For a home-made cabinet polish recipe, combine ½ cup of olive oil with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. If you need more or less of this solution, keep the proportions the same.

Cabinets are an investment, and you need to take steps to protect the money you’ve put into your kitchen design. Performing regular cabinet care with the correct cleaning products, or even just water, will make a difference in their lifetime.

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