You probably wipe your kitchen tables every day and mop your kitchen floor, or at least regularly. Your kitchen cabinets may not receive the same attention, but you should. They collect dirt, dust, splatters, grease and other cooking residues all day long; over time this mixture sticks to cabinet surfaces as a sticky glue that can be difficult to remove. In addition to being able to hit an eyesore, unclean kitchen cabinets can pose a health risk: bacteria such as Salmonella can easily contaminate the handles and knobs of the cabinet. Dirt and old food particles have no business structure within the place where we store the things on which we put our food and our mouths. Your kitchen cabinets need simple, regular maintenance.
How Often to Clean Kitchen Cabinets
Ideally, you should dry the outside of your cabinets every week or at least every other week. But every few months the interior of your cabinets needs a deep cleaning. The idea of emptying your entire kitchen may sound overwhelming, but if you approach one task at a time, it becomes easier. For example, if all your plates are in the dishwasher at a certain time, you can use that opportunity to clean the place where they usually are. Keep a list of what you have cleaned and make sure you cover the stains where your plates, bowls, and drinking glasses are.nullHow to Deep Clean the Exterior of Kitchen Cabinets
How to Deep Clean the Exterior of Kitchen Cabinets
Most cabinet types, including metals, plastic laminate, painted wood and vinyl cabinets, can be cleaned with a solution of liquid dish soap and warm water. This simple and mild solution is sufficient to remove food stains, dust and mild deposits of fat from your cupboards. Detergent works as a degreaser and can even remove some tough deposits on the outside. An all-purpose cleaner can also be used to clean cupboards, but it is important to test cleaning agents in a hidden place to ensure that they do not damage the finish of your cupboard. Be sure to read the instructions before using them and first test them in a hidden place.
Start at the top and work each cupboard down. For tough cabinets that are empty, you can spray directly on the surface; otherwise spray on a cleaning cloth and then wipe the cupboards clean. Don’t forget the edges and sides of your cabinets.
Rinse thoroughly with another clean cloth before drying with a final cloth. Water that remains on your cupboards can discolour and damage them.
Use glass cleaners to clean glass or mirror cabinets. Spray the cleaner on a lint-free cloth or paper towel for wiping. Never spray the glass directly because the cleaner can seep into the woodwork or other parts of the cabinet and cause discolouration.
Don’t forget to wipe the handles, knobs and knobs of the cupboard. For metal hardware on wooden cabinets, immerse a toothbrush in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and hot water and scrub the hardware, the surrounding wood and the slits of ornate trim. If possible, remove the hardware from the cabinets and drawers before cleaning.
How to Deep Clean the Interior of Kitchen Cabinets
Empty every cupboard, starting with the highest. Remove torn or discolored boards if necessary. If the inner cupboards contain many crumbs and residues, it may be a good idea to vacuum the cupboards after they have been emptied before they are wiped clean.
Wash the inside of the cupboards with warm water and a mild detergent.
Rinse with another clean damp cloth. Dry with an extra cloth to prevent water from standing and damaging the surfaces of the cupboard.
How to Clean Cabinet Contents
Wipe off dusty cans and containers with warm water and washing-up liquid on a damp cloth. Discard all items that have expired. Dry items thoroughly before placing them back in the cupboards. Leave the cabinets open for 1 to 2 hours to dry completely before replacing the contents of the cabinet.
How to Remove Thick Grease Buildup
Sometimes the accumulation of fat – an orange or yellowish sticky substance – on your kitchen cupboards is so thick that you can see it, but you cannot remove it easily. An orange oil cleaner can help, especially if you have to leave the fat for two to four minutes and get in. This may have to be repeated a few times.
You can also gently scrub the area with a paste of baking soda and water and a brush with soft hair. Depending on the finish of your cabinets, a magic eraser is a good option. Because magic erasers can scrub the finish off surfaces, you first have to test it in a hidden place on your cupboards. Do not attempt to scrape away the grease as this increases the chance of damaging the finish of the cabinet.
Tips for Keeping Kitchen Cabinets Clean Longer
Dust your cupboards at least once every two weeks with a soft cloth, cloth or standard cloth. This should reduce the need for a deeper cleaning.
Clean up spills as soon as they occur with a damp cloth or sponge. The longer a fabric hangs on your cupboards, the greater the chance that it will cause hard to remove stains or other damage.
Cabinets installed near a self-cleaning oven are susceptible to damage from the intense heat that can escape from a defective seal of the heat pack. To prevent this, remove the doors (if possible) and drawers from all cabinets above or next to the oven during a cleaning cycle.
Keep heat-generating devices – such as coffee makers and toasters – away from cupboards; excess heat and moisture can damage the surfaces of the cabinet.