Having newly refaced kitchen cabinets makes a huge difference in the appearance and functionality of your kitchen. Since this room, often considered the heart of the home, is a high-traffic area, it is important that you regularly maintain your cabinets to keep them looking new for years to come. Refaced cabinets do not require more work than your old cabinets. In fact, with the new finish on your kitchen cabinets, they may even be easier to clean.
Recommended Cleaning Solutions for Refaced Cabinets
Unfortunately, dirt and grease build-up from everyday use, especially around cooking surfaces, are inevitable when it comes to your kitchen cabinets. To maintain your refaced cabinets’ finish and color, it is important to regularly clean your cabinets. Avoid using abrasive cleaners and harsh chemicals. Desirable Kitchens & Refacing recommends using any of the following cleaners on your refaced kitchen cabinets.
Using hot water with a soft cloth or sponge once a week, or immediately after a stain appears, will help with any buildup and will keep your cabinets looking clean. This type of cleaning method is safe for all types of surfaces due to the lack of chemicals. Be sure to dry the area thoroughly and apply wood wax, if needed.
If hot water and a sponge do not do the trick, try adding a couple drops of dishwashing soap to the hot water. This mild solution often helps to cut through the grease. Once the stain is removed, wipe with a clean wet towel to ensure that the soap has been removed. If not, the dried soap may damage or stain your refaced cabinets. And always, dry the cabinet surface after cleaning.
All-Purpose Commercial Cleaners
For those stains that are harder to remove, you can consider an all-purpose commercial cleaner. To see how the cleaner affects the surface, test the cleaner on a small area of the cabinet. Sometimes, the stronger cleaners have a tendency to cause the cabinet paint to strip or peel. It is also important to apply the cleaner to the sponge and not directly onto the cabinet. When finished, rinse the cabinet with a clean, wet cloth and towel dry the surface.
Homemade Cleaning Solution
If you prefer to make your own cleaning solution, mix two parts vinegar to one part water. Known as a natural disinfectant, vinegar helps cut grease and repel harmful bacteria. This simple homemade cleaner is safe and less expensive than a commercial cleaner. Don’t forget to rinse and dry after cleaning with this solution, too.
Since kitchens can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, don’t forget to pay attention to your cabinet hardware. For cleaning and disinfecting, use a material-specific cleaner for the hardware.
If you are looking to reface your kitchen cabinets or have questions regarding your newly refaced cabinets, call Desirable Kitchens & Refacing in Pittsburgh at 412-515-0582. Located in the South Hills, Desirable Kitchens & Refacing has been refacing cabinets near you for many years. Having the right solution for every customer – every time—is our number one priority!