You might have noticed that your cabinets have started to collect dust and dirt. Having a clean cabinet is vital for long-term use and prosperity. Follow these steps to clean your wooden cabinets safely and effectively.
1. Remove and clean any objects stored in your cabinets
Of course, in order to clean your cabinet to its full potential, you’d have to clear the objects inside. Strip your cabinet of any dishes or items that may be in the way, being sure to thoroughly clean them of any dirt to prevent them from later dirtying your cabinets.
- Select a product
There are many cleaners to choose from so it’s important to know your options. Everyday household items such as dish soap, baking soda and vinegar can be used to create a natural cleaner that won’t be as harsh on your kitchen cabinets. There are also many commercial cleaners you can find at your local convenience store. Before selecting a final product, be sure to spot test it to check for reactions. Retrieve a soft and dry cloth to wipe down your cabinet.
- Wipe down the interior of your cabinet
Use your cloth and product to begin scrubbing the insides of your cabinet. When handling difficult spots, be gentle in order avoid damage. Since you do not want your cabinet to become too damp, use a moderate amount of product. You can remove any extra residue with another cleaner. For natural wood cabinets, try creating a mixture of baking soda and vegetable or coconut oil (1 part oil, 2 parts baking soda). If you have painted wood cabinets, a blend of white vinegar and water (1 part vinegar, 1 part water) will work.
- Wipe down the exterior of your cabinet
Next, begin to wipe down the exterior of your cabinet, including the molds and knobs. Use more pressure on the on the dirtier sections, and don’t forget the edges.
- Final clean and outcome
Once you have completed finished cleaning your cabinet, give the whole thing one last scrub in order to ensure that there is no leftover dirt. (Make sure that your cloth is clean before doing so) Allow your cabinets to have time to dry after finishing. This will usually take 10-20 minutes. Leaving windows and doors open can help the dry go quicker. Once your cabinets are completely dry, you can begin to place your kitchen supplies back inside.
By making the time to follow these steps, your cabinets will become spotless and cause you stress no longer!