Of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen is the one that really takes a beating. Multiple times a day it’s exposed to heat, moisture, and spills. The kitchen is both utility and storage, making space for all of your utensils, pots, and pans while taking abuse from your kid’s science experiment for school. With all of this going on, durability is an essential quality for your cabinets. The good news is that custom and semi-custom cabinets are known for their sturdy construction. However, even the best-made units require proper cabinet care to maintain their quality over the years.
Cabinet care can be a bit of a mystery for most homeowners. Aside from wiping them down occasionally, they’re not sure what else should be done. That’s why we’ve put together this short guide on cabinet care tips.
This is the easy part, the daily or weekly cleaning you most likely already do. Let’s make sure you’re doing it right.
- For most spills or splatters a clean soft cloth dampened with warm water is enough. Avoid harsh cleaners like 409, Clorox, Simple Green, or Glass cleaner.
- If you need to tackle stuck-on food or oils use a solution of dishwashing liquid and warm water. For cabinets with a grain pattern, make sure to wipe in the same direction as the grain.
- When the area is clean dry it off immediately with a second soft, clean cloth.
- Wipe down trash pullouts weekly to prevent build-up and inspect for damage.
- Pay special attention to cabinets around sinks, dishwashers, or cooktops to make sure they stay dry.
- If you use a coffee maker, crockpot, instant pot, or any other small appliance that makes steam, be sure to pull it out from under the upper cabinets before using it. That way the steam can’t damage the underside of the cabinet.
- Watch out for objects hitting cabinet fronts as they could cause chips or scratches.
Long-Term Cabinet Care
Every 3-6 months take some extra time to give your cabinets some love.
- Do a full kitchen cabinet exterior cleaning. You’ll need one damp cloth, warm soapy water, and one dry cloth. Working in small sections, wipe down the exterior and then dry immediately. Pay special attention to edges, knobs, pulls, and finishing details that may not get wiped regularly.
- Touch up any chips or scratches. Cabinets are sealed for protection but if the finish is compromised the sealant can’t work. If you’re putting in new cabinets be sure to ask your dealer the correct way to touch up the finish before the project is complete.
- Check cabinet hardware like knobs, pulls, and hinges. Occasional screw tightening or drawer/door alignment may be required.
By following these cabinet care tips you’ll be able to keep those gorgeous custom cabinets looking great for years! Let us know if you have any questions about keeping your cabinets in tip-top shape.