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How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets Step By Step

Your kitchen cabinets may look worn out, but instead of replacing or refacing them, first try cleaning them to revive their luster. A good cleaning can go a long way. It took years to accumulate the dirt, but appropriate cleaning solutions can create a surprisingly new look. If you're wondering where to start, here's how to clean kitchen cabinets easily and inexpensively.

  1. Remove all hardware or handles. Soak non-wood handles in a 50-50 vinegar and water solution, followed by scrubbing them with a toothbrush. Rinse and dry.
  2. Test an inconspicuous area until it is dry. If it's okay, proceed.
  3. Wash all finished cabinet surfaces using mild dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water, or a commercial cleaner or oil soap. Use a soft sponge, plastic pad, or micro fiber cloth to apply the solution in the direction of the grain. Follow the instructions on commercial cleaners because your kitchen cabinets' finish can be marred.
  4. Wipe each cleaned kitchen cabinet with a soft dry cloth.
  5. When wood or laminate cabinets are thoroughly dry and there are no sticky areas, you can apply a commercial lemon or orange oil if you wish. This leaves a nice citrusy smell and restores shine. Your kitchen cabinets need to be cleaned on a at least once per year.

Now you're an expert at how to clean kitchen cabinets. Get out your rubber gloves and go for it!


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