It’s exciting to view the completion of your remodel or new home construction. Everything is new and fresh and you can begin enjoying your space. The question is: How do you keep your cabinets looking like new for years?
Our friends at Crystal Cabinets have a few pointers on which cleaning products to use, and which to avoid.
Basic Cabinet Care and Cleaning
The best thing your can do to keep your cabinets looking good is to wipe up spills as soon as you can. Use a dampened sponge or cloth, and then dry the surface. This is especially important if the spill could stain the surface or stick to it. The residues will only become more difficult to remove over time.
Oil, grease, food residue, or daily spills, can be removed with a clean soft cloth dampened with a solution of mild dish soap and water. Then dry the area immediately with another clean soft cloth. Important point: wipe in the direction of the wood grain and avoid using your dishcloth to clean the cabinets because remnants of detergents and grease can harm the finish.
Common areas for moisture to accumulate are near the dishwasher and sink. Wipe moisture away immediately and make certain not to drape damp or wet dishtowels over cabinet doors or decorative appliance panels. Prolonged contact from moisture can cause permanent damage to the cabinetry and finish.
Self-cleaning ovens generate high heat during the cleaning cycle. Remove doors and/or drawer fronts on adjacent cabinetry during the cleaning cycle.
Which Cleaning Products Should I Use?
The instructions for all of these products are the same: wipe off the cleaner within one minute and do not allow it to remain on the surface longer than that. The area must then be cleaned with a water dampened cloth. This removes the residual cleaner from the finish.
Bona® Cabinet Cleaner
A non-toxic, residue-free formula made specifically for cabinet care. Bona easily removes fingerprints and is safe for cabinets and your family.
Murphy® Oil Soap
This product has been a trusted hardwood floor and wood cleaner for over 100 years. Safety clean your cabinets by diluting with water per the label instructions.
Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner
Minwax Wood Cabinet Cleaner is specially formulated to help you maintain the natural beauty of your finished wood and laminate surfaces.
What Not To Use
Harsh Cleaners – avoid anything that contains bleach, ammonia, citrus products (those that contain lemon or orange oil), mineral oil, organic solvents, harsh detergents, strong soaps, and abrasive cleaners. Avoid 409, Simple Green, Glass Cleaner, and Clorox.
Waxes & Polishes
Cleaners containing waxes can cause “build-up” creating a “yellowing” effect over time. Most common self-polishing waxes can damage your finish, especially those containing silicone. Polishes might look great, at first, but can cause dust particles to stick to your cabinet’s finish.
Avoid: Johnson Paste Wax®, Scott’s Liquid Gold®, Pledge®, and Old English®.
These physically scratch off dirt, stains, and residue. They can damage the finish, which can result in a dull appearance. Don’t use scouring pads, abrasive liquid, and abrasive powders.
Avoid: Ajax®, Soft Scrub®, Comet®, baking soda, Scotch-Brite™ pads, and steel wool.
We hope that this blog gives you some good Cabinet Care ideas. If you have questions, Let’s Talk!