Properly caring for your wood cabinets can keep your kitchen looking fresh and clean for years to come. Your kitchen cabinets suffer through a lot of wear and tear. They’re used to store everything you need, from dry goods to dishes, and they’re exposed to light and cooking exhaust. As a major part of your kitchen, they need regular care to continue looking good.
Cabinets become sticky with grease and the fumes of cooking. Plus, they’re constantly being touched by oily and dirty hands. Areas around handles are often most in need of a cleaning. Wipe down your cabinets regularly, removing dust and grime from the surface and the handle. Start at the top, which is often a neglected dusty surface, and work your way downwards. Don’t use anything caustic or abrasive; a solution of gentle detergent and water will suffice. Simple dish soap will break down the grease easily. Dilute one part soap in two parts water. Use a regular soft sponge. Dry off with a clean dish towel or paper towels.
Consider using a special wood cleaner for wood cabinets so you don’t ruin the finish. If there is a question as to whether your cabinets can withstand the cleaning solution test a spot first. Wait to see what the results are. Never use a rough surface like a scouring pad to clean your cabinets, because this will scratch and ruin the surface. If there are stubborn built-up stains then try a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub them away.
Make sure your drawers and doors close properly. Bugs can crawl into ones that hang ajar, and dust can accumulate. Tighten screws and fix runners to ensure everything closes firmly.
For spring (and autumn), give the insides of your cabinets a thorough cleaning. Remove all the items in the shelves. Wipe down with a sponge and a dish soap and water solution. Allow the shelves to dry completely before putting everything back in. Replace torn or browned shelf paper.