Remember when you first installed your new kitchen cabinets? You wouldn’t dare anyone to touch them with grimy hands. But you’ve had the cabinets for a few months, and they’re looking a bit dull. Despite your instructions, you now see kid’s fingerprints everywhere. Don’t feel too upset with the kids. Anything that comes in contact with kitchen cabinets will stick to them like glue. Eastside Design Group shares tips on how to get rid of grease and fingerprints from your kitchen cabinets. With a few simple ingredients, your cabinets will look new again in no time.
Say No to Abrasive Cleaners
Depending on the quality of materials, kitchen cabinets are usually durable. That said, don’t use abrasive cleaners, harsh detergents, or bleach. Abrasives are like little scouring pads and can damage the surface of both wood and thermofoil. Also, don’t clean with harsh detergents. Check with the representative who helped you choose your kitchen cabinets in Bellevue, WA, and ask if they suggest avoiding specific cleaning products and what cleaning products you should use.
Degreasing Natural Wood Cabinets
Keeping beech kitchen cabinets and other natural wood cabinets free from grease is simple. If you wish, you can use a commercial cleaner, but you can also whip up a 50/50 mix of vinegar and warm water. Put it in a spray bottle and mist on your cabinets. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean. If you’re trying to remove heavy grease, add a few drops of liquid dish detergent to your solution.
How to Clean Thermofoil Cabinets
Homeowners love thermofoil cabinets because they require little maintenance beyond dusting surface washing. Of course, you’ll need to pay attention to cleaning spills and splatters as soon as possible. Wipe thermofoil cabinets with a damp sponge or lint-free microfiber cloth. Be careful not to use your regular dishwashing cloth as it could have remaining grease and dish soap in its fibers. Dry with a soft, clean cloth. For monthly degreasing, use a sponge or cloth and a cleaning solution approved to use on vinyl. If you want an easy cleaning solution made from ingredients most homeowners keep in the kitchen, mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 1-gallon warm water. Vinegar is an excellent grease cutter and won’t harm vinyl cabinets. Store the leftover solution in a spray bottle and use as needed.
Say Goodbye to Fingerprints
Wipe your cabinets with a soft cloth and maybe a dab of a grease-cutting dish soap daily. You can also give laminate cabinets a dab of the vinegar and water solution and wipe with a damp cloth. Wood cabinets attract fingerprints too. Mix 1-gallon hot water with one half a cup liquid vegetable-based soap. Apply with your soft cloth, rinse with warm water, and dry.
Don’t let grease and fingerprints get you down! Let Eastside Design Group help you choose beautiful, low maintenance kitchen cabinets. Visit our showroom or give us a call at 425-654-4144.