What Is The Process Of Cabinet Cleaning In The Kitchen?

What is the process of cabinet cleaning in the kitchen? Dust your kitchen cabinets before you wash them with soap and water for best results. Grease splatters on to your kitchen cabinets while you're cooking....

Grease splatters on to your kitchen cabinets while you're cooking. Steam from tea kettles and boiling pots settles on the doors and becomes a magnet for dust and food particles. Dirty hands open the cabinet doors in search of snacks or dishes for those snacks. For these reasons and more, kitchen cabinets can become pretty messy.

When it's time to clean the cabinets, it's best to start with the inside. If you have just moved into a new home, this should be fairly easy. Melissa Briones, owner of Melissa's House Cleaning in Lawton, Oklahoma, says, "Always wipe everything down before you put your dishes in any type of cabinet. If you have moved to a new place, wipe all of the inside surfaces of the cabinets and pantry. Then you can set your dishes and food in them."

If you are cleaning cabinets in which your kitchenware has sat in for a while, you will have to remove the contents of each cabinet as you prepare to clean them. Don't try to clean only one shelf or one area of the cupboard. You will risk contaminating your clean dishes with dirty water, and you will not do a very good job cleaning the cabinet. Commit to cleaning the cabinets entirely, and you will be happier with the results.

After removing all of the items from the cabinet you are about to clean, fill your kitchen sick or a bucket with warm, soapy water. You can use the same soap that you use for hand washing your dishes. Wet a sponge or dish cloth in the soap solution and wipe all of the cabinet's surfaces clean. You should clean not only the shelves but also the walls of the cabinet and the cabinet door,both inside and out. Briones says, "You may have to use a wood cleaner, depending on what type of wood your cabinets are made of." Follow the recommendations given by your cabinet's manufacturer.

If your cabinet shelves are not lined, you may want to consider lining them with Con-Tact paper, rubber liners, or even sheets of butcher's paper. When it comes time for future cleanings, you can simply remove the liner,along with all of the food crumbs and other debris that may have accumulated,and replace it with a fresh liner.

Before putting fresh liners on your cabinet shelves, be sure the shelves are completely dry. Moisture trapped underneath the lining can cause mold growth or it can even cause the cabinet to rot over time. Once the cabinet is dry, you can add the liner and then put your items back inside.

Because the outside surface of your cabinet doors get much more exposure to kitchen dirt, it is important to clean them regularly. If you put it off too long, they become rather sticky and more difficult to clean. Briones says, "Wipe them down and clean them about once a month." This should prevent the chore from becoming a major cleaning project later on. She also says, "You can even polish them to keep them looking shiny." And don't neglect the handles or knobs on your cabinet doors. Since these get handled the most, clean them well. If necessary, remove the knobs and wash them in soapy water in the kitchen sink. Make sure they are completely dry before placing them back on the door.

Clean cabinets not only improve the look of your kitchen, but it is also much healthier for the people who eat food prepared in that kitchen.

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