Cabinet Care & Cleaning 101


Basic Steps & Routines to Keep Cabinetry Looking Clean & New

At Midwest Building Supply, cabinets are our specialty. We take pride in designing and providing beautiful cabinets to people across Wichita and southcentral Kansas. We want all our clients to enjoy their new cabinetry for many years to come.

Keeping your kitchen and bath cabinets clean and looking like new is an important part of maintaining a beautiful living space. Fortunately, taking care of your cabinets is not complicated nor does it require much effort.

Here are some the most basic things you need to know in the proper cleaning and care of your cabinets.

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Daily Cabinet Care

Let’s be clear: Keeping your cabinets looking good does NOT have to require daily work. However, the more frequently you use your cabinets and the areas around them, the more frequently some cleaning may be required. When stains and spills happen, you will want to clean those up immediately. This is the only type of daily care that would be recommended for your cabinets.

Cleaning up spills, especially from grease, is the best thing you can do to prevent stains on your cabinet finish. If these food spills and liquid drips are left ignored, your cabinets could suffer permanent discoloration or damage. For cleaning up spills and drips, simply use a damp cloth with mild soap.

Important note: Many of the cleaners you have under your sink should be avoided for cleaning your cabinets. Many are too harsh and abrasive. See a list of products (cleaners that can damage cabinets) to avoid later in this article.

Seasonal or Annual Cabinet Care

The more thorough cleaning of your cabinets should be happening once or twice a year. This seasonal or annual work is to clean your cabinet exteriors. Work on individual small areas one at a time. Use a damp cloth to wipe, then fully rinse and dry the area right after cleaning.

Cleaners That Can Damage Kitchen Cabinets

Most cleaning solutions are definitely not to be used on your cabinets. Some contain chemicals that make them too harsh or abrasive for your cabinetry.

cleaning spray bottle with plastic dispenser, protective gloves, sponge.

When cleaning your bathroom or kitchen cabinets, avoid these cleaners:

  • Powder bleach
  • Wax or silicone base cleaners
  • Petroleum solvents
  • Citrus cleaners
  • Glass cleaner
  • Ammonia
  • Baking soda

In addition to avoiding these cleaners, refrain from using a scour pad or magic eraser on your cabinets. They can cause scratches or imperfections to the finish.

Cabinet Care Tips: What NOT To Do

In addition to not using harmful chemicals, here are a couple of other things you should avoid doing or bad habits to stop.

  • Do not hang a damp town over cabinetry to dry. That added moisture can lead to problems with warping and wood damage.
  • Unless it’s not been used, don’t use your kitchen dishcloth to clean the cabinet exteriors. If your dishcloth had been used to clean up other spaces, it may still contain some of the abrasive cleaning agents which can harm your cabinets’ surfaces.

Scratched & Damaged Kitchen Cabinets

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The proper care and cleaning of your cabinets can keep your kitchen looking like new for many years to come. If you are faced with aging, scratched or damaged cabinets, it may be time to replace them. If repainting or refacing old cabinets aren’t the best options for you (see our guide on the pros & cons of each option in updating your cabinets), we are happy to help you install new cabinets. Replacing old cabinets is one of the best investments you can make in your home.

Contact us at Midwest Building Supply and let our Kitchen & Bath Designers work with you to create a refreshed kitchen with beautiful new cabinetry. Request a free consultation to get started or callus at (316) 794-2112.

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