Apr 3, 2013

Advice on Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets and the Containers inside Them

Kitchen cabinets are always exposed to a lot of touching, holding, pressing, opening and closing, and that is why fingerprints and grease buildup are problems to be dealt with when people start cleaning their cabinets. Cleaning the cabinets in the kitchen should be done regularly, as often as possible, because the less frequent the cleaning is, the more persistent the grime buildup becomes. Grime and dirt tend to build up on the exterior, and the inside of kitchen cabinets also gets dirty from spilt foods, dust penetrating from the outside, etc.

The exterior of kitchen cabinets should be thoroughly cleaned. Most types of kitchen cabinet surface, including painted wood, plastic metal, vinyl, or metal, can be cleaned with a simple home made solution of warm water and dish soap. This solution is efficient for the elimination of dust, food smudging, or grease buildup. After the cleaning, the surfaces should be rinsed very well with a clean cloth, and the final drying should be done with another clean and dry cloth. In the event of heavy buildup of dust or grease, commercial cleaners which are recommended for wooden kitchen cabinets should be used. Commercial cleaners can deal with the thick layer of grime and eliminate it. Testing in a hidden spot is recommended to be certain that the cleaner is not going to damage the surface.

The interior of kitchen cabinets should also be thoroughly cleaned. If we clean them only on the outside then we are only half-ready with the whole process of cleaning. Before the cleaning, the cabinets should be emptied, and the shelf lining should be removed. The cabinet interiors should be washed with warm water, and if necessary a mild detergent can be added. In case there are crumbs, spilt rice, or other residues, they should be cleaned, or it is even better to vacuum the inside of the cabinets, before the wiping is done. After that, rinsing with a clean and damp cloth should be carried out, and the final wiping should be done with another clean and dry cloth.

Not only the kitchen cabinet outside and inside, but also the cans and the containers inside should be thoroughly cleaned. Before the cleaning starts, it is a good idea to check if there are any products that have expired – they should be disposed of. Then the containers which have been taken outside the cabinets should be washed with warm water and if necessary dish soap can be added. The cleaned cabinets should be left open for at least an hour to enable them to dry completely before the contents is replaced.

Kitchen cabinets are used to store mostly different packaged foods, and it is important to clean them regularly to maintain a good ambience for the foods stored inside. Care should be taken to avoid spilling products inside kitchen cabinets, because that will help to reduce the work to be done during the next cleaning. Cleaning the cabinets exterior and trying to keep it as free from fingerprints or smudges as possible are also very important, because stained kitchen cabinets make the whole kitchen look unappealing.

Author Bio : Angela Harpert is a devoted blogger and a devoted housewife who is always ready to share useful kitchen cleaning advice for  StJohn's Wood Cleaners.

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