Cleaning The Kitchen Cabinets

During regular, maintenance house cleaning, cabinets are usually just wiped around the handles, where fingerprints are most likely to appear.The remainder of the cabinet fronts need a deep cleaning about once a year, but possibly more depending on the amount of grease buildup. The specific steps to clean your cabinets vary depending on whether the cabinets have a natural wood finish, are painted, or are made of another material. If the cabinets aren’t cleaned when needed, the grease interacting with the finish may cause a need to refinish or repaint. For grease buildup, simply spray on some Red Juice, let it sit for a minute, then wipe off. Another great item to use is the Speed Eraser, which has 50% more cleaning power than a traditional sponge.

In addition to cleaning the cabinets, the hinge screws should be checked to make sure they are snug and lightly lubricated. Lightly spray on a small amount of Teflon spray or WD-40. If a screw has stripped the wood and can not be tightened any longer, you’ll need to try a couple of tricks. After removing the screw, stuff the hole with wooden matches or toothpicks, and break them off flush with the surface. Insert the screw and tighten. If the holes are too short for the matches or toothpicks to stay in, you can glue them in place before inserting the screw. Alternatively, you can fill the holes completely in with epoxy putty and start over again.

You may also have those cork or rubber protectors on the insides of the cabinet doors to cushion their stop against the frame. These protectors often fall off or otherwise mysteriously disappear over time. Without them, the cabinets are much noisier and the screws and hinges are more likely to loosen or fail. Take a sample of your protectors with you to the hardware store so you can pick one that has the same material and thickness as the existing protectors.

 

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