How to care and maintain your cabinets to keep them looking great:
Can you believe it is already time for the holidays? Lots of delicious meals and special memories will be made in the kitchen. And one thing is certain when you mix family, friends, baking, and celebrating… you end up with a MESSY KITCHEN. So, we thought it was a great time to share our recommendations for regular cabinetry maintenance and cleaning. The best way to tackle the holiday mess and keep your cabinets looking their best is to gently clean them along the way.
Water/Liquids: Always wipe drips and spills immediately, making sure to get the entire spill. Water often runs down the front and back of the door/drawer, settling into nooks and the bottom edge. Even the smallest amount of water, if left on the cabinet, can and will most likely affect the finish. High water areas will show wear if not cleaned quickly and consistently.
Dusting: Regularly wipe your cabinets with a soft, clean towel. Microfiber cloths are ideal. Make sure your cloth is free of any crumbs or debris that could scratch the finish.
Cleaning: You may need to slightly dampen the towel to clean spills. For bigger messes, you can use a gentle cleanser (see below). Make sure to wipe the cabinetry again with a DRY, soft, and clean towel when you are finished.
Food and Grease: These should always be wiped off the cabinetry regularly. If left on the cabinets for an extended period, the finish can stain, discolor, or become hazy.
Cleaning Solution Recipe: A simple mixture of gentle dish soap (1tsp) and/or vinegar (1tsp) diluted in half a gallon of water works well. Just wet a clean cloth, wring it out so that it is only damp (not dripping), and wipe downward.
*Any store-bought cleaner should be spot tested on the back of a door to ensure it will not affect the finish. Please avoid Magic Erasers and any cleaners with bleach or ammonia.
DID YOU KNOW??? Hanging dish towels on cabinet doors or finished appliance panels is NOT recommended. The moisture will affect and damage the finish over time.