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Tips to Keeping your Kitchen Cabinets Looking Fresh and Beautiful

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Kitchen cabinets are probably one of the biggest investments in a home, and they are probably one of the most used components in a house as well! Not only is the kitchen area most likely the main hub around which most family activity occurs, it is where food preparation for the entire family occurs as well.

It is important to keep this area clean in order to reduce odors and potential food-borne illnesses. In addition, having a clean kitchen helps provide a sense of order and organization to family members. Listed below are several types of kitchen cabinetry, along with tips on how to keep them looking like new.

Stained Wood Cabinets

Wooden cabinets are particularly beautiful, but they also require a bit more care to keep them looking fresh and new. Ideally, homeowners should clean these types of cabinets twice a year by mixing together a formula of seven-eighths distilled white vinegar and one-eighth rubbing alcohol, along with a few drops of dish soap. Wipe or spray this formula on and then wipe the cabinetry down with a microfiber cloth. Rinse all the cabinets with warm water and allow to dry. Then wipe them down again with a furniture oil that contains beeswax.

Painted Cabinetry

It is important to use mild cleaners only on painted cabinetry. Otherwise, some harsh cleaners could strip the paint. Distilled white vinegar along with a few drops of dish soap is good for deep cleaning these types of cabinets. Simply lightly spray on the mixture and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Make sure to continue wiping until the cabinets are completely dry!

Laminate Cabinets

Laminate cabinets are probably the easiest to keep clean because they are made of a non-porous material. For a deep clean, use the same vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and dish soap formula as for the stained wood cabinets to remove grease and grime, and skip the warm water rinse and application of furniture oil.

Basic Cleaning

For every day or weekly cleaning, most cabinets simply need a wipe down with a damp microfiber cloth. You can keep a bottle of distilled white vinegar in your kitchen and spray with that to cut through grease if necessary. White vinegar has mildly disinfectant properties as well, which helps reduce germs and bacteria.

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