Wood Kitchen Cabinet Care: Deep Cleaning

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basic maintenance and cleaning concepts you’ll want to keep in mind for wood kitchen cabinets in your home. From basic wipe-downs to needs like spill removal and sunlight protection, there are a few very simple things you can do on a regular basis to keep wood cabinets in great shape.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re here to offer a wide range of quality kitchen cabinets to clients around Salt Lake City, plus expertise on how to care for any of our products. Today’s part two of our series will shift gears and look at some more involved deep cleaning steps to consider periodically for your cabinets, or when a major spill or other incident has occurred.

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How Often Should Deep Cleaning Be Done?

Before we get to specific cleaning steps, it’s important to know how often deep cleaning should be done for wood cabinets. In general, you’ll want to do this once a year at minimum – or more often if your kitchen sees heavy use. If a major spill occurs, you may wish to do so immediately following its cleanup.

Item Removal

First off when beginning the process of deep cleaning your cabinets, begin by removing items from them. This both makes it easier to clean and also ensures safety for your dishes, pots and other common kitchen items.

Cleaning Solutions

Next up will be using standard wood-cleaning solutions on your cabinets – these are designed not only to remove any surface grime or dirt, but also provide added protection from future issues. These are typically available at your local hardware store or online, and using them on a regular basis will help prevent things like discoloration or major spills that may require more advanced cleaning techniques.

Be sure to never use abrasive cleaning solutions on your wood cabinets, as these may cause scratches or other forms of damage. Always stick to mild options.

Deep Cleaning and Stains

For those who have major stains present on their wood cabinets, it’s vital to address these immediately before they set in further. You can use a combination of white vinegar and water for this purpose – create a solution using equal parts of each, then spray it onto the stained area. Wait five minutes or so, then wipe the area down with a damp cloth. This should remove most stains.

Cabinet Drying and Sealing

Finally, following cleaning steps be sure to dry your cabinets thoroughly before sealing them up again – moisture that’s left behind can cause issues over time. You have two primary options for sealing: Wood sealer products available at the store, or a simple coat of furniture wax. For more on how to apply either of these materials, please speak to our staff today.

By following both part one and part two of this series, you’ll be well on your way to long-lasting wood kitchen cabinets that are free from damage and provide maximum value to your home for many years. At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re proud to provide a wide range of kitchen cabinets, countertops and related products – contact us today to learn more!