Kitchen cabinets can get quite dirty over time from spills, splashes, and greasy or dirty fingers. The challenge becomes not only how to clean kitchen cabinets, but also how NOT to clean kitchen cabinets. Sylvia asks a good question:
What’s a good way to clean kitchen cabinets without doing damage to the stain/finish?
Like many spots in the home where grease and/or odors are a challenge—but we still need to be mindful of the surface—I turn to my cleaning superhero: enzyme cleaners! My personal favorite is Bac-Out by Biokleen; it doesn’t use harsh chemicals (it’s derived organically from fruits and vegetables), and it’s nonabrasive—a must when it comes to cabinet finishes! Don’t ever (I mean ever!!) use abrasives on cabinet doors—you’ll ruin the finish if you try using something like an eraser sponge or powdered cleanser.
Enzyme cleaners essentially eat their way through any stains or greasy residue. The key with enzyme cleaners is dwell time. You need to let them sit to do the work. The longer they remain, the better they work. My recommendation is to apply a generous amount of the enzyme cleaner, let it sit for at least 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth or sponge.
Hope that helps!
We know that you have lots of questions about cleaning and we want to give you those answers! So, continue asking away by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing from you!