Whether you are rummaging through your pantry for a late-night snack or pulling out ingredients to cook up a storm, your kitchen cabinets bear the brunt. As one of the most used areas in the house, how do you keep them looking brand-new even years after you install them? Lucky for you, our experts have decoded how you can say goodbye to grime and germs for good, with minimum damage to your furniture.
Water isn’t your best friend
When it comes to cleaning your kitchen cabinets, water isn’t your best friend. If your cabinets are made of wood, adding any type of moisture to them can cause premature rot. On the other hand, if you have a beautiful glass or ceramic finish, cleaning them with just water can lead to unsightly stains as it dries. Instead, consider using mild (preferably eco-friendly) cleaning agents and wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
Stubborn stains aren’t here to stay
Sometimes, there are some stubborn stains in your cabinets that can’t be cleaned with good ol’ elbow grease and may need a little extra help. Create a DIY cleaning paste with one part baking soda and two parts water. Apply this mixture to the stains, and let it rest for a few minutes. Wipe down with a damp cloth and clean out the moisture with a microfiber cloth and voila, they will look as good as new!
Toothbrushes aren’t just for your teeth
If your cabinets have corners that are difficult to reach, our interior designers in Chennai suggest using an old toothbrush with a few drops of cleaning solution. With very little effort, you will be able to get the dirt and grime out. Once you gently scrub these areas out, you will be able to wipe down any residual stains with a soft rag.
Cleanliness rests on a hinge
While the cleaning solution is great for the insides of your kitchen cabinets, it can cause a fair amount of damage to your hinges. After all, you wouldn’t want to have sparking shelves, only to have rusted hinges. Consider cleaning them with a dry cloth, or if required adding only a drop or two of cleaning solution. Wipe them thoroughly and ensure they are always kept dry.
Do you have it handled?
Every time you reach for something in your cabinets, you leave your fingerprints on the handles. Not to mention the fact that they are arguably the most exposed. Based on the material and finish they are made of, you have a plethora of cleaning agents that are available online or at your nearest supermarket. If possible, dismantle the handles from the cabinet doors and wash them separately to ensure they remain grime-free for as long as possible.
If you are tired of your old kitchen cabinets and are looking for an upgrade, you can schedule a consultation with our best interior designers in Chennai.