When & How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

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When cleaning the kitchen, you generally make a mental checklist: wipe down the counters, clean out the sink and scrub the stove. But, the cabinets seem to be something we all overlook, despite the fact that we are constantly using them.

We also don’t think about how dirty they can get.  We often spill liquids down the side of the lower cabinets and let steam and grease float up to the top cupboards.  We might not see the grime that sits on our cabinets, but we also don’t consider the germs and buildup that can also accumulate.  Over time, this gunk on the cabinets can make your kitchen look drab. To make your kitchen look refreshed, we recommend cleaning up your cooking corner by washing the cabinets! 

ProTect Painters has researched some of the best ways to clean your kitchen cabinets this spring: (ProTect Painters always recommends testing these solutions on a small area of your cabinet before beginning the project.)  

  • Vinegar and water: Watered down vinegar is a great solution if you are trying to get a mysterious sticky substance off the cabinets.  After lightly scrubbing with watered down vinegar, make sure to wipe the cabinet down with a wet towel.  This natural method is most effective for wood cabinets and stainless steel surfaces.
  • Wood cleaner and water: Mix half a cup of wood cleaner and half a cup of water in a spray bottle and spray the cabinets down one at a time.  Gently scrub the cabinets with a sponge.  Rinse the sponge with water and wipe down the cabinet to remove the solution.  Wipe down the cabinet with a dry towel.  This method works best with stained wood cabinets. 
  • Detergent and water: This is a sure fire method to cleaning off your laminate cabinets.  Mix one cup of dish soap for every two cups of water.  Gently scrub the cabinets and then wipe them down with a wet cloth to “rinse” the cabinets.  Let air dry or wipe down lightly with a dry towel.  This method works best with laminate cabinets.

How often should you wipe down your cabinets?

It depends! If you cook regularly, wiping them down every few days with a damp cloth will go a long way.  Give them a deep clean every three to four months for best results.

Don’t forget: If you cleaned your cabinets and realize your kitchen still doesn’t look as good as you’d like, call the experts at ProTect Painters to come out and give your kitchen a color change! Outdated wood cabinets can be repainted, rather than replaced, to save you thousands of dollars and give you the updated style you crave! Schedule a FREE estimate by selecting a date and time that is most convenient for you, HERE!

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