Cleaning your kitchen is undoubtedly an important chore, especially given the fact that it is the most used room in your home. You cannot just keep the area dirty, or you risk contaminating your food.
Cabinets take up quite a lot of the surface area in the room and therefore it is easy to tell if they are unkempt. Fingerprints, the usual accumulation of dust, bacteria and grease from cooking are only a few of the challenges you need to deal with. How you tackle them largely depends on the type of cabinetry you have.
Customise your routine with the following tips:
Wooden cabinets – there are different types of wood cabinetry out there. You will find solid wood, or cabinets with veneer over wood. Some cabinets are vinyl-coated wood. On top of that, wood can be sealed with varnish, wax, polyurethane or just left bare. In terms of general care, you will do well to use just oil-soap. Use this solution, if you are unsure how to treat your cabinets. Keep in mind one of the worst things that can happen to wood is to expose it to moisture, which can occur in the kitchen if there is too much steam when you cook. Wipe the surface whenever you cook like that and dry the area thoroughly. Remember to work the cloth with the grain of the wood for best results.
Painted cabinets – there are different types of paint that you can have on cabinets, though there are generally two options: latex paint and oil-based paint. The latter is somewhat more durable and therefore does better with scrubbing. If your cabinets have latex paint, you need to be more careful when scrubbing them. In any case, you should never get the area too wet with a cleaning solution, be it an all-purpose cleaner or just water. White vinegar or wood cleaner. Avoid scouring pads and abrasive cleaners, as these can easily scratch the surface. A paste of baking soda and water is an excellent way to address stains on painted cabinets.
Metal cabinets – the thing about metal cabinets you need to keep in mind is their enamel finish. As far as cleaning goes, you need to do it pretty much the same way as other painted cabinets. You should not expose the surface to too much water, as excessive dampness can easily rust the area. While you are cleaning, check the area for any rust spots and touch it up to fix it.
Cleaning laminate cabinets – one solution that works well for laminate surfaces is to use white vinegar and dilute it with water. Rinse the area with a sponge and then thoroughly dry it with a clean cloth. You can disinfect the area with a solution of 1-quart water and 1 tbsp. bleach. Pay more attention to the seams between cabinet surfaces and the end of the frame, where doors meet. The baking soda/water mix works great for cleaning stains on laminate cabinets.
Cabinet interiors – every now and then you will do well to clean the interior of your cabinets. First, you need to remove the contents of each cabinet and then work on the interior with an all-purpose cleaner made of white vinegar and water. Get a toothbrush to clean the cracks and edges of the cabinet. To be a little preventive, you can lay down a sheet of paper or vinyl.
Now that you know how to clean all kinds of cabinets, you can better take care of this kitchen cleaning chore. That will make quite the difference in your kitchen.