If your kitchen cabinets are already demonstrating a buildup of grease and grime, or if you just want to start your spring cleaning a little early, here are some steps to follow.
- Make a simple solution of warm water and dish soap
- Wet a clean cloth in the warm water and loosely wring out any excess
- Scrub cabinets in the direction of the grain, making sure to rinse the cloth often so as not to spread the grease around
- Dry with a clean cloth
Give the outside of your cabinets a quick inspection. Is there still a lot of leftover grease? Take your cloth and pour about a teaspoon of baking soda on it before wiping down your cabinets again. Rinse often and add more baking soda as necessary. Once done, rinse with water once more and dry with a clean cloth to remove any leftover residue from the baking soda.
With this step finished, we are ready to move on to the interiors of the cabinets.
- Remove all items from inside the cabinets and set them aside
- Remove all cabinet lining as well if applicable (if cleaning drawers as well, remove them completely from the frame and vacuum them first to remove any solid crumbs or debris)
- Using the same process as before, rinse your cloth in the soap and water solution and continue scrubbing the interiors (you will not have to rinse as frequently as you did on the exteriors as grease will not have had as much opportunity to accumulate on the inside)
- Once finished, dry the interiors with a clean cloth and leave doors open for at least an hour to allow everything to fully dry (use this time to inspect the contents of your cabinet and to throw away unused or expired items you may have)
Before replacing the contents of your cabinets you may consider adding cabinet lining if you did not already have some in place. The lining will help prevent water damage and will also help to protect glassware as you put it away. This can be found in your home improvement store.
Following these simple steps should help you to maintain the look and quality of your custom kitchen cabinets for years to come and will help them look good as well.
For more advice or information on custom kitchen cabinets, contact our offices in Los Altos, CA and let us know how we can serve you.