Kitchen Cabinets: When the Interior and Exterior Are Equally Important
As the cabinets are used for storing things and food, they also have to be as clean as possible for health reasons. In the following lines we give you some tips to achieve that feat.
First Things First: The Exterior
Sometimes, the exterior surface of your cabinets accumulates a layer of grime, especially near the handles.
In order to clean them quickly, mix a part of vegetable oil and two parts of baking soda. Dip a cloth or a sponge in it and scrub the surface. You can also use an old toothbrush for some detailed cleaning.
When interior is more important than what the eye sees
When cleaning your cabinet’s interior, you have to empty out its contents. It’s like preparing the field.
If your cabinets are not painted, you can mix some mild soap and water in a bucket. Wash the insides of the cabinet, scrubbing a little where needed, with a cloth or a sponge.
Sometimes we keep food and other elements in our cabinets, and accidents happen. If you have oil spills within them, scrub the surface with the scouring side of your sponge. The same works for stubborn grime.
Remember that dirt can’t clean dirt, so please rinse your sponge or clothe frequently.
After cleaning them, dry them with a towel and then use a lint-free cloth in order to give them a finishing touch.
If your cabinets are indeed painted, dust them out and try in an almost hidden part of it if your mix of water and soap will remove the paint. If not, do as we previously suggested; if it actually does, use only water.
If your cabinets are made of metal or vinyl, it’s time to use a spray cleaner instead of the water mix. Spray the cabinets and then wipe the residues with a sponge or a cloth.
Of course, return your cabinets’ contents to where they belong!
You can take advantage of your cabinet’s emptiness: replace any ripped contact paper, cork or other cabinet liner. Then put the contents in it.
You can even re-wax your cabinets. Usually, a deep cleaning takes off the old wax. Use simple, non-silicon-based waxes and polishes. By doing this you’ll be certain that no layer of dust will accumulate in your cabinets.
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