If you have recently replaced your kitchen doors with new made to measure replacement doors. Then you are going to want to keep them looking as clean as new possible for as long as you can. If your new doors are made from a different material than your old ones then you might not be aware of the best way to keep them clean.
We have put together some tips for cleaning kitchen doors for a number of different materials. So hopefully we can help you keep your cabinets in top condition!
How to Clean Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Your kitchen cabinets and cupboard doors take a lot of punishment every day. From having food and drink spilt down them, to hand prints being constantly added to the design. They are almost permanently getting dirty. So, because you will be cleaning them on a regular basis. You need to make sure you are cleaning them in a way that isn’t abrasive.
The best way to do this is to avoid using overly harsh chemicals, and to use a soft cloth to clean the cupboards. The rough side of a sponge or a scouring pad can take the finish off the cupboards if applied to strongly. As can chemicals such as bleach.
Cleaning High Gloss Kitchen Doors
High gloss cupboards make a great choice for your kitchen as they are easy to clean. The smooth surface makes it difficult for dirt and grease to cling to the surface of the doors. This means with the right products they should not be too difficult to get clean.
To avoid ruining that smooth surface. The best thing to use to clean the cupboards is a microfiber cloth. And the best cleaning solution to use is simply warm water. If you clean your cupboards regularly and don’t let stains reside on the cupboards for a long time. You should have no trouble only using water to clean your doors.
The warm water should help to lift and loosen the stain, and a quick wipe with the cloth should remove it. Tougher stains may require some effort to remove, but the nature of the surface means most stains will have difficulty clinging on.
Once you have cleaned the cupboards the next problem is preventing a streaky finish. This is particularly a problem in the summer when sunlight can make the cabinets look dirty even after they have been cleaned. This can be avoided by drying the cupboards with a paper towel. It might seem like a hassle having to dry them off. But if you leave them to dry naturally you will notice a streaked finish.
How to Clean Wooden Kitchen Doors
The biggest concern most people have when cleaning wooden cupboards is ensuring they don’t spoil the finish on the doors. Most cupboards will have a layer of varnish or lacquer applied to them, so you will not be applying anything directly onto the wood.
Possibly the best cleaner to use for cutting through those grease marks is vinegar. Dilute some vinegar with water to make a solution which can by used to clean the drawers. Again, use a microfiber cloth as the soft surface should ensure the surface of the doors are not damaged.
Apply the solution to the cloth, not directly to the cupboard. As this will avoid overwhelming the surface with liquid. We would also recommend trying the solution on a small area of the cabinet first. Just to ensure there isn’t a reaction to the vinegar. And once you have cleaned them, as with the high gloss cupboards, dry them with a cloth or paper towels to get the best standard of finish.
The keys to keeping your kitchen doors clean are simple. Clean them regularly and quickly if they do get stained. Use a soft cloth to clean them. And don’t use any harsh chemicals on your cabinets and drawers. With a bit of care and effort, there is no reason why you can’t keep your cupboard doors looking as good as new for years to come!