If you want to maintain the beauty of your timber kitchen cabinets, add these to your spring-cleaning list.
“Dust can mix with grease and break down the finish on your kitchen cabinets,” says green cleaning coach Leslie Reichert. “You have to be careful around those corners where people’s handprints get sticky. The oils in our hands mix with the finish and break down the stain. Don’t neglect the tops of cabinets either.
“Tops of cabinets can get permanent damage from dust mixing with grease. It forms a thick layer that can’t be removed without damaging the wood,” says Reichert. Try rubbing alcohol to cut the grease and follow up with soap and water.
Your cleaning supplies
You use your cleaning supplies to clean, so the question is, are they as sanitary as they should be? Those scrubbers, cleaning cloths and dusters should be wiped off and disinfected. Take time to shake debris off the dusters and broom. Sanitise brushes and change dirty sponges. It’s probably also time to change or rinse the filter in your vacuum.
For being so narrow, that shallow ledge of the door frame trim can sure collect a lot of dirt. Take a moment to wipe it off with a barely damp cloth. If your trim is particularly ornate with lots of crevices and grooves an old toothbrush might work best. Especially grimy areas or stubborn fingerprints might take a little more elbow grease to remove.