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What is the best way to clean cherry cabinets?

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In most cases, a soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is enough to clean cherry cabinets. If a deeper cleaning is needed, then a fresh mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid can be used.

Cleaning cherry cabinets is normally just a matter of wiping them down but, sometimes, a cleaning agent is needed. If dishwashing liquid and warm water are not cleaning the cabinets satisfactorily, and then a mild all-purpose cleaner can be used. It is important to avoid cleaners with ammonia or silicone as these agents can damage and discolor the finish of cherry cabinets. Also, do not use abrasive scrubbing cleaners, sponges, or dishcloths to clean the cabinets. They may contain particles that will scratch the surface of the cabinets.

In addition to understanding the types of chemicals to avoid, it is important to know that spills and splatters should be cleaned up immediately. The longer a spill or splatter remains on the cabinet, the more likely it is to discolor. This is true of water or other liquids, food, oil, and grease splatters. In addition to regular cleaning, cherry cabinets should be dusted on a regular basis. The best way to dust is to use a clean, soft, lint-free cotton cloth. Prepackaged dust rags, aerosol dusting sprays, and premoistened cloths are unnecessary and more likely to ruin the finish on the cabinets.


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