The Best Kitchen Cabinet Cleaner
Are your kitchen cabinets looking dull or grimy? They’re bound to get dirty
over time, with food splatters, grease, smoke, and fingerprints. Cleaning
your kitchen cabinets is an easy do-it-yourself project that you can do
about once a year to keep your kitchen cabinets nice and clean. What kitchen
cabinet cleaner should you use?
Before using a kitchen cabinet cleaner, remove the handles or pulls from the
cabinets and clean them separately. Soak them for 30 to 60 minutes in hot,
soapy water, scrub with a soft brush, then rinse and dry them. You can
brighten them up with the right metal polish.
Natural Kitchen Cabinet Cleaners
Your choice of kitchen cabinet cleaner depends on the material your cabinets
are made of. If they are metal or plastic laminate (Formica®), you have many
options. First try an all-purpose household cleaner; if you prefer a more
natural approach, try vinegar, or a paste made of baking soda and water or
Wood Kitchen Cabinet Cleaners
If your kitchen cabinets are made of wood, the best way to clean them
depends on the type of finish on the wood. Some wood cabinets may be
unfinished; some are stained or finished with a varnish or lacquer. Newer
wood cabinets are usually factory finished. Some wood cabinets are painted;
older ones may have several coats of paint. If you don’t know what type of
finish you have, you can do a simple test to find out. Simply do an online
search of “What is my kitchen cabinet finish?” and follow the directions.
For wood kitchen cabinets, dishwashing liquid is usually the only kitchen
cabinet cleaner you need—just dissolve a few drops in warm water and use a
soft, lint-free cloth. For heavy grease, use more; experiment until you get
the strength that successfully removes the greasy buildup. If you know your
wood cabinets have a thick lacquer or varnish, you may be able to use a
commercial all-purpose cleaner to remove surface residue, although this type
of cleaner may be too harsh and may dull the finish, or may simply be
ineffective on the greasy buildup.
As an alternative, try an all-purpose household cleaner, checking first to make
sure it’s safe for wood. It’s a good idea to test it first on the inside of the cabinet
to make sure it doesn’t harm the finish, and if you’re using any commercial
product, you should empty the cabinets of food and dishes. Do not use anything
acidic, such as vinegar or lemon juice, or anything abrasive, such as cleanser, a
scrub brush, or steel wool on wood cabinets.
Shining Kitchen Cabinets
After using your choice of kitchen cabinet cleaner, use a good quality cabinet
restorer. Pro Shot Cabinet, Paneling & Finished Wood Restorer & Protector will
help you maintain that “just cleaned” look and make future cleaning easier. Pro
Shot® Cabinet, Paneling & Finished Wood Restorer & Protector wipes on easily,
no buffing required.
Pro Shot® lets you choose the amount of shine you want™. You can choose a little shine or a lot. Apply one coat for a little, or a
second coat for more shine and added protection. Pro Shot® Cabinet Restorer
& Protector lasts up to a year, protecting your cabinets from grease, dust,
fingerprints, and food stains. It contains no petroleum, so it has no offensive odor
or smelly fumes.