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How to Care For Painted Cabinets

So you’ve had your old, tired wood cabinets painted by a professional, and your kitchen is looking bright and spotless like clean sheets on a line. Everything smells and looks great!

Now…how do you keep it that way?

You may be used to using some pretty heavy duty cleaners in your house, especially on floors and tile and soap scum covered glass. Even though the kitchen cabinets may have grease splashes and coffee stains, you don’t want to use cleaners that will strip the finish or scratch and dull the paint.

What not to do…

It might be best to start with what not to use when you are cleaning your wood cabinets. Stay away from the following:

  1. Magic Eraser or similar sponges
  2. Cleaners with abrasive particles
  3. Petroleum products
  4. Spray polishes containing silicone
  5. Abrasive powder or scrubbing pads
  6. Intense detergents
  7. Wax citrus/orange cleaner

What to do…

Here is some general advice for regular upkeep:

  1. Clean as you go while cooking.
  2. Don’t let spills sit on the finish.
  3. Don't hang damp towels over cabinet doors or drawers.
  4. Deep clean the exterior and interior every three to six months.

How to do it…

If you’re not supposed to use caustic cleaners, what are you supposed to use? Follow these simple recipes:

  1. 1 tablespoon of baking soda, one cup vinegar, 2 cups warm water
  2. 1 part water, 2 parts baking soda for scrubbing
  3. 50/50 solution of water and vinegar in a spray bottle
  4. Warm water and degreasing dish soap
  5. Gentle, all natural cleaners

Remember to use a microfiber cloth or super soft sponges while you work.

Keep these things in mind when you clean your kitchen and your cabinets will stay fresh and bright longer. You won’t have to repaint for years! If you have further questions about cabinets we have done for you, contact us today. We’d love to hear from you.

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