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Cabinet Cleaning

Cabinet Cleaning: Step-by-Step Guide

Cabinet Cleaning: Step-by-Step Guide

It’s a little late for spring cleaning, but cabinet cleaning shouldn’t be limited to a once-a-year effort that you make during the spring anyway. From your kitchen to your bathrooms and everywhere in between, your cabinets need to be cleaned effectively and regularly. It’s not just for superficial purposes, though we will say that your cabinets should look and feel clean. It’s also for the longevity of your cabinets, and even to preserve and protect the items stored in your cabinets.

Cleaning your cabinets isn’t so straightforward anymore thanks to COVID-19 and the public’s interest (or paranoia) about germs, bacteria, and viruses. There are smarter ways to clean, and that’s exactly what we’re going to tell you a little about! Here’s a step-by-step guide to cleaning your cabinetry:

Make a Schedule & Checklist

The two most important aspects of effective cabinet cleaning don’t have to do with any actual cleaning. First, schedule time for cleaning. There should be daily, weekly, monthly, and, perhaps, semi-annual blocks of time dedicated to cleaning. It really depends on where your cabinets are located and how often they’re used and exposed to contaminants. Some cleaning occurs daily, while other types of cleaning should be, for example, done once or twice a year.

Second, create a checklist. We recommend creating separate checklists to split up the tasks into those that should be performed daily, weekly, monthly or more. Knowing what to do, in what order, and when is important for an efficient cleaning routine. After you’ve accomplished these two points, turn to your supplies list.

Get the Right Supplies

It would be hard to clean your cabinets well, much less perform all of your cleaning tasks on your checklists, without the correct supplies. What you need to clean your cabinets will differ a bit based on what your cabinets are made of. Wood cabinets require different cleaning products than laminate cabinets, for example. Either way, your local market or hardware store will have every product under the sun for all types of cabinets. One specific tip: “green” cleaning supplies are always on the upward trend, given their smaller impact or footprint on the environment, and are often less abrasive on your cabinets than industrial cleaners, which have chemicals that may cause damage.

Do’s & Don’ts 

There are some obvious do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning your cabinets. As far as do’s go, here are a few:

  • DO use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reach and clean nooks and crannies that rags and other wiping supplies can’t reach
  • DO rinse any cleaning solutions that contain chemicals
  • DO target stains and debris with baking soda

As for don’ts on the other hand, here are a few:

  • DON’T wet door and drawer hinges with cleaning solution or rinsing water
  • DON’T soak your cabinets
  • DON’T be lazy! 

On that last point, make sure to keep up with your schedule and not fall behind on cleaning your cabinets!

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