Millions of us are guilty of neglecting our kitchen cabinets from a cleaning standpoint. While you may spend hours scrubbing your sides for hygiene, there’s a significant chance that the insides of your cupboards don’t see a cleaning cloth from one month to the next. As long as you’re prepping food on a clean surface, that’s all that matters, right? Wrong.
Sadly, unclean kitchen cabinets pose all manner of risks, not least to your food stores. Pest infestations and all manner of other such issues also arise when you don’t take the time to clean stray pieces of food here, and that’s bad news indeed.
That’s why you should keep reading to get on top with how to clean kitchen cabinets once and for all.
Understand cabinet materials
First, you’re going to want to consider the materials in your kitchen cabinets. This alone will determine how you approach cleaning in the first place. Most notably, wooden cabinets will require specialist cleaning above fibreboard or other such alternatives. This means reconsidering everything from the products you buy to the way you approach the task.
Ultimately, it should be plain to see what materials your cabinets are made from but, if in doubt, don’t hesitate to refer to your installation manual to double-check before you risk using the wrong products here.
Stock up on cleaning supplies
Once you know what kinds of cabinets you’re dealing with, it’s time to stock up on the supplies you need to get them clean. The good news is that you generally won’t need a great deal to hand to get on top with this task, even if you’ve left your cabinets for longer than you care to admit. In general, your toolkit for getting started need include nothing more than –
- Microfiber cloths
- Washing up liquid
- A multipurpose cleaner
- Access to water
With wood cabinets, this selection will vary a little, with the need for oil-free washing liquid and a much gentler multipurpose cleaning solution like vinegar and water or dishwashing liquid. Still, the actual quantity of items remains the same.
Cleaning cabinet exteriors
Ultimately, you will spend the most time cleaning your cabinet exteriors. You should aim to do this at least every few weeks, as grease from cooking and even just mucky fingerprints on those cabinet handles can quickly attract bacteria.
Luckily, cleaning cabinet exteriors shouldn’t be all that different from the general side wipedowns that you’re used to. This task really is as simple as mixing soapy water and wiping down with a cloth, then turning to that multipurpose cleaner for more intensive or greasy stains. You could easily incorporate this into your average kitchen clean, and it needn’t even cost you much more time.
Cleaning cabinet interiors
Cabinet interiors are a little more daunting to tackle. Luckily, you only need to consider this task every few months, but it is the fundamental focus of your cabinet cleaning efforts. It’s also a much more intensive task than a general spruce-up.
To achieve this, you’re going to need to clear everything out of the cabinet in question. This may seem like a chore, but it provides the ideal chance to sort through out of date items etc. so that you can keep things clean when you replace items.
Once your cabinet is empty, you can get to work cleaning those all-important insides. Start by either using your vacuum nozzle or a dustpan and brush to get rid of the worst food residue. Then, you can wipe those surfaces down much like you do your exteriors, again paying particular attention to greasy stubborn stains, etc.
And, of course, you’ll need to think about organization when replacing everything to make sure that you don’t need to take care of this for another few months.
Taking the time out of cabinet cleaning
Cabinet cleaning isn’t all too complicated once you get your head around these basics, but it will always remain a time-consuming task that you could probably do without. That’s where SwiftClean comes in.
Our team of fully vetted and screened cleaners all have extensive cleaning experience, kitchen cabinets included. On a one-time or regular basis, we can, therefore, be on hand to take care of this time-consuming task so that you never need fit it into your busy schedule again. What’s more, our 200% satisfaction guarantee ensures that you’ll be happy with the results.
All you need to do to enjoy cleaner cabinets at all times is contact us on (323) 435-0842 or book online today.