Practical Ways of Cleaning Different Cabinets

by Heather Furfari, Realtor®, Certified Buyer Representative 10/06/2019

To clean a kitchen cabinet, the type of cabinet you have in your kitchen matters. For general kitchen cabinet cleaning, the following cleaning materials are essential:

  1. Water and detergent
  2. All-purpose cleaner
  3. Vinegar and water
  4. Non-abrasive All-Purpose Cleaner
  5. Baking soda and water

Painted Cabinets

Oil-based painted cabinets are durable and easy to clean. You can use any of the above-listed cleaning materials for this type of finish. There is no concern about damaging the finish, hence; all you need to do is scrub hard to rid it of the dirt and food items. Use water and baking soda if your painted kitchen cabinets have stubborn stains. 

You, however, should be careful if your painted cabinet comes with a water-based latex style of paint. Baking soda, for instance, might scratch off the surface. Instead of this, consider warm water and be sure to be gentle while scrubbing. 

Metal Cabinets

The easiest of the cabinets to clean are the metal type. You can use any of the above means to clean a metal cabinet, except a baking soda. Be careful not overuse water to prevent the obvious – rusting!

Wood Cabinets

An oil-soap wood cleaner is the best cleaning material to use for a wooden cabinet. You can get this at the local grocery or hardware store. Also, with everyday kitchen materials, you can also clean your wooden cupboards easily.

  • Detergent: Any grease or oil laundry detergent and water works well on wood cabinets. Just mix two cups of water alongside every cup of soap. Be sure not to over wet the wood because it can affect the finish. It is also important to wipe it down with a damp and separate cloth.
  • Vinegar: Without any liquid based detergent, you can use water and vinegar as a good alternative. With vinegar, you can get rid of sticky films as a result of dirty hands.
  • Baking Soda: When you have stubborn stains, baking soda is the best to get rid of it. Mix baking soda with water to have a paste, with a wet cloth wipe it cloth

Conclusion

Since a kitchen cabinet is like the workbench in a kitchen, it sees a lot of bacteria, oil, dirt, and grease. That is why it needs frequent and regular cleaning. With routine cleaning, you save more on cleaning services and also ensure you have healthy cooking all year round. If you are having trouble cleaning your kitchen, call in a professional cleaning service to help you get it into shape.

About the Author
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Heather Furfari, Realtor®, Certified Buyer Representative

Heather has been a licensed Real Estate Agent since 2004 and is a graduate of Northeastern University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in both Marketing and Management.

Heather has a long history for savvy negotiations, having previously worked for United Parcel Service as a Sr. Account Executive for 10 years. It is here where she developed her reputation of having uncompromising integrity, high ethical standards, and a passion for delivering winning solutions to her clients.

Heather has made a higher level commitment to her real estate education, having earned the designation as a Certified Buyer’s Representative (CBR).  With this additional skill set she can easily meet the needs and goals of both buyers and sellers and offer peace of mind throughout the sales process.

Heather is married to her college sweetheart, is a mother of twins (now young adults), and two chocolate labs, Toby and Noah.  In her spare time, she enjoys a good mystery novel, sunny days on the beach, and watching her family thrive.