Before cleaning you cabinetry, it’s important to determine what kind of material or wood species you are working with.
Give cabinets a weekly spot treatment with multi-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth to wipe away fingerprints, spatters and other marks. Disinfect hardware and knobs.
Give cabinets a deep clean three or four times per year. Remove and empty out all drawers. Wipe drawers down with a mild cleaner and microfiber cloth. Use an old toothbrush to treat corners and other small crevices. Let dry completely before restocking.
Monitor the cabinets in high-moisture parts of kitchen, such as above the stove. These cabinets need the most care as they are exposed to steam and condensation on a regular basis.
Remove fingerprints or grease with microfiber cloth dampened with diluted vinegar. Buff clean with a polishing cloth. Cabinets above a kitchen range are prone to grease stains, you may need to repeat the process several times to get rid of them.
For food splatters, wipe up as much residue as you can with a damp cloth. Next, treat spot with a paste of baking soda and water. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe away. Polish the area with a clean cloth.
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.
If you notice water stains appearing on your cabinetry, this could be due to the minerals in your tap water creating hard water deposits. Remedy these stains by using distilled water whenever you clean your cabinets.
To clean and shine cabinets, use a small amount of oil soap on a soft cloth. Dry and polish with a microfiber cloth, be sure to wipe with the grain of the wood.
Always use dampened, not soaked, cloths when cleaning wood cabinets. Too much liquid saturation will hurt the wood.
Mix a paste solution of one part water with two parts baking soda. Dab paste onto
stain. Let sit for a few minutes and wipe clean. Buff out any remaining residue with a clean cloth. To remove grease stains, use a cloth dampened with diluted ammonia.
After several years of wear or once paint starts to chip, it may be time to consider repainting cabinets. Request extra paint while you are repainting, in case of any touch ups down the road.
fine wood furniture
Keeping furniture out of the sun and away from heating units or vents.
Always ask for specific care and cleaning guidelines when purchasing new or old furnishing.
Don’t underestimate the power of dusting. Frequent dusting removes airborne deposits that build up and can eventually scratch the surface.
Never use all-purpose cleaning sprays unless your furniture has a plastic coatings. For sticky spots, lightly dampen a cloth with soapy water and wipe area. Dry immediately with a clean, soft cloth.
Oil polishes, cleaners and furniture oils protect wood by making the surface more slippery; they do not offer a hard protective layer