When people look at your kitchen for the first time, they’ll most likely notice your cabinets. They’re practically one of the main highlights of any kitchen design, so you’ll need to make sure that they won’t lose their visual appeal over time. The best way to do this is through proper maintenance, which should be done regularly so that they last well beyond their expected lifespan.
Limit Moisture Exposure
To keep your cabinets in good condition, don’t make it a habit to hang wet dishcloths or towels over them. Even if you tend to hang them on cabinet doors, it can still affect them because prolonged water exposure can damage the wood finish. It can also leave stains on the cabinet surface, which can be difficult to remove. Consider installing a hanging towel rack for your dishcloths and putting them in the laundry regularly to keep them clean and dry.
Learn Basic Cabinet Cleaning
Constant exposure to daily usage of the oven and stove can lead to grease and grime buildup on your cabinets. This can cause deterioration over time and affect the overall look of your kitchen. The best way to avoid this is to wipe your cabinets with a soft cloth dampened with warm water at least once every two weeks. But depending on how much activity takes place in your kitchen, it may need more frequent wiping.
Don’t Always Rely on Commercial Cleaners
While you can still use furniture waxes, sprays and polishes on your kitchen cabinets, it’s recommended that they should be used sparingly. This is because many of them contain silicone to provide the shine while also creating a barrier over the wooden surface that makes the material difficult for touch-ups or refinishing. Wax can also build up on your wooden cabinets over time, which can attract more dust and dirt that can affect your indoor air quality.
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