Before cleaning, determine what kind of material or wood you are working with. Consult your cabinet owner’s manual or speak with a professional if you’re unsure. Give cabinets a weekly spot treatment with an all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth to wipe away fingerprints, splatters and other marks. Dust cabinets and disinfect knobs on a regular basis. Frequently monitor cabinets in common areas, such as above the kitchen stove. These areas need the most care as they can be exposed to grease, grime and steam on a regular basis.
Give cabinets a deep clean three or four times per year. Remove and empty out all drawers. Wipe down with a mild cleaner and microfiber cloth, use an old toothbrush to treat corners and small crevices. Let dry completely before restocking.
Remove most common stains with microfiber cloth dampened with a solution of half vinegar and half warm water. Buff area clean with a polishing cloth. Tough stains can be confronted with a paste of baking soda and water. Let paste sit on stain for a few minutes, then gently wipe away with a wet cloth. If you notice water stains after cleaning, this could be due to the minerals in your tap water creating hard water deposits. Remedy these stains by using distilled water when cleaning cabinets.
Remove scuffs caused by shoes, tables or chairs with a soft eraser. Gently rub the eraser along the marks, then wipe away the residue with a clean cloth.
To clean and shine wooden cabinets, dampen a soft cloth with a small amount of oil soap. Wipe from top to bottom with the grain of the wood. Dry and polish with a microfiber cloth. Always use dampened, not soaked, cloths. Too much liquid saturation will hurt the wood.
To clean painted cabinets, use all-purpose cleaner or mild detergent. Use caution while cleaning or scrubbing to prevent damage. Some cleaners, such as baking soda, can scratch the surface.
After several years of wear or once paint starts to chip, it may be time to consider repainting cabinets. Save your excess paint in case of any future touch ups.