Your kitchen is the cozy, beating heart of your home. But did you know that kitchens are also a major breeding place for germs?
In fact, research shows that a kitchen sponge can contain more bacteria than your toilet seat! Yikes, right?
Dirty cupboard handles, chopping boards and kitchen surfaces can even lead to contamination and food poisoning. Plus, dirty cupboards and grubby hardware can make guests want to run the other direction rather than eat a meal at your place.
With that in mind, it makes sense that cleaning your kitchen cabinet doors properly is important.
But are you cleaning your kitchen cabinets correctly? Here are some tips that’ll leave you with gleaming surfaces and a healthier home!
General Cleaning for Every Door Type
To keep your kitchen looking its best every day, you’ll need to give it a little love each time you use it. If you splash or rub anything onto a cupboard, wipe it off quickly with a damp cloth.
For more thorough cleaning, identify which cabinet doors you have below. Then, follow the instructions to make your kitchen cabinet doors sparkle.
For hardwood kitchen cabinet doors, you’ll want to be gentle. Warm, soapy water is a great all-purpose solution that can clean the grimiest of marks or spills.
Use an antibacterial dish soap solution to kill any germs that may be lurking in recesses or grooves. For sticky or greasy spills, place your warm, soapy cloth over the mark for a few seconds. This allows for the solution to really work. Then, firmly wipe to remove.
To clean your glass door fronts, use a glass-specific cleaning product. For a natural solution recipe that’s just as effective, a combination of water, vinegar, and essential oil works brilliantly.
Spray your solution onto the glass and gently buff with a lint-free cloth. Use warm, soapy water to break down and dissolve stubborn grime before using glass cleaner.
Want to make your glass extra shiny? Old newspaper is an excellent material for buffing glass!
Laminate and Composite Materials
Laminate and composite kitchen cabinets offer a more robust surface. This means you’ll need to take care of any nicks, tears, and edges.
Laminate doors are comprised of a plasticised upper layer, a decorative layer, and a plywood core. While the outer layer is strong and durable, any damage to it can result in bowing and warping.
For healthy laminate doors, you can use a commercial antibacterial kitchen spray or a natural one. For tough marks or stains, apply neat vinegar to the area and allow it to work on the stain before wiping off.
Even with healthy doors, be sure not to allow moisture to sit at the very edges of the cupboard doors. This is where sheets of laminate meet each other. Excess moisture in these areas could cause the laminate to peel away.
While your stainless steel kitchen cabinet doors may be tough and durable, they need a gentle touch when you go to clean them.
Never use abrasive scourers or harsh chemicals on your stainless steel units. These could scratch and damaged your beautifully smooth cabinet doors.
Rather, warm soapy water or a natural vinegar solution on a soft cloth will get you the streak-free shine you’re after.
Cleaning Damaged Doors
For doors with a compromised outer layer, spray your solution onto a clean cloth. Then, carefully wipe down the cupboard door, avoiding any areas with cuts or gouges.
Instead, dip a Q-tip in neat vinegar, dry off the excess, and use it to clear these areas. Vinegar evaporates quickly and will minimize further damage.
How to Clean Hardware
Because your cabinet handles and knobs are the most handled parts, they tend to be the place where dirt and germs build up most.
If you’ve been handling meat and accidentally use the same hand on your cupboard knob, that’s a bout of food poisoning waiting to happen.
Ideally, you should wipe down your cupboard hardware at the end of every day to minimize the spread of germs. And if anyone in your household has a cold, you should clean them more regularly.
Keep a tub of antibacterial hand wipes on your kitchen counter for quick and easy cleaning. You can also use a commercial or natural homemade cleaning solution.
To keep your kitchen cabinet doors looking new year-round, you may need to do a little extra maintenance.
Again, this will depend on which materials your cupboards are made of.
If your kitchen showcases the warm, natural tones of real wood, you’ll need to seal it to protect it. Paste wax is the best sealant, as it’s natural, easy to apply, and very effective for bringing a beautiful shine to wood.
Rub in a thin layer of wax and cover the entire door. Wait 15-20 minutes for the wax to harden and then buff it with a clean lint-free cloth (an old T-shirt works well, too). Always buff in the same direction as the grain for a smooth finish.
In 2-3 weeks, your wax will have completely cured and provided a fully durable finish, but until then, be a little more gentle with your doors, as the wax needs time to harden.
If you like painted units, you’ll need to refresh the paint and sealant as needed.
For natural paints sealed with wax, a fresh coat of wax each year will protect your paintwork and harden the surface. This will make it easier to clean.
No matter the material of your kitchen cabinet doors, your cabinet hardware could always use a thorough clean.
Remove the hardware from the doors and soak them in some warm, soapy water. After around half an hour, use a cloth or a brush (an old toothbrush will do) to gently scrub away any dirt or residue buildup.
Dry the hardware thoroughly before replacing. Now, your kitchen cabinets will gleam from top to bottom, all year round.
The Bottom Line on Cleaning Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Kitchen cabinets are the beautiful finishing touch every kitchen needs, but sometimes they can get neglected. And if you love cooking up a storm, your cabinets might be grubbier than you realize.
While a little elbow grease is needed from time to time, a regular wipe-down makes all the difference. By following our tips, your kitchen cabinet doors will look brand new for longer and will keep your family healthy, and make your home a place your guests will love to visit again and again.
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