Once you settle into your LifeStyle home, there’s no doubt you’ll want to keep your beautiful new cabinets pristine. To do so, it’s essential to understand how to properly clean and maintain your cabinets to preserve their appearance and lifespan.

Here are some tips to set you on the right path.

1.Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and maintenance, especially if you have specialized cabinet materials or finishes. Before cleaning your cabinets, review the manufacturer’s instructions or care guidelines if available. Different cabinet materials and finishes may have specific cleaning recommendations that you should follow to avoid damage.

2.Choose the right cleaner. Depending on the cabinet material, some cleaning solutions can be too harsh and cause damage. The cleaning method may vary depending on the cabinet material. Here are some general guidelines.

  • Wood cabinets. For wood cabinets, use a mild dish soap mixed with warm water or a commercial wood cleaner. Avoid using excessive water that could cause warping or damage to the wood.
  • Painted cabinets. Wipe painted cabinets with a gentle all-purpose cleaner or a mixture of water and vinegar.
  • Metal or glass cabinets. Use a suitable cleaner specifically designed for metal or glass surfaces.

3.Test cleaning products. Along those same lines, before applying any cleaning product to your cabinets, test it on a small, inconspicuous area first. This will help you determine if the cleaner causes any adverse reactions such as discoloration or damage. Wait for the tested area to dry before proceeding with the full cleaning process.

4.Use gentle cleaning tools. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh scrub brushes that can scratch or damage the cabinet surfaces. Instead, opt for soft cloths, microfiber cloths, or non-abrasive sponges. Use gentle, circular motions when cleaning to minimize the risk of scratches.

5.Avoid excessive moisture. Make sure to dry the cabinets thoroughly to prevent water damage. Excessive moisture can be damaging to certain cabinet materials, especially wood. When cleaning, wring out excess water from your cloth or sponge to prevent dripping or pooling water on the cabinets. Use a dry cloth to wipe away any residual moisture after cleaning.

6.Pay attention to hardware. When cleaning cabinets, take care around any hardware such as handles, knobs, or hinges. Avoid getting excessive moisture or cleaning solutions on these components, as they can be sensitive to damage or corrosion. If necessary, detach the hardware before cleaning or clean them separately using appropriate methods.

7.Spot clean spills. In addition to regular cleaning, it’s a good idea to perform spot cleaning whenever spills or stains occur. Promptly addressing spills can help prevent them from becoming harder to clean later on.

8.Clean every few months. The frequency of cleaning cabinets depends on various factors such as usage, cooking habits, and environmental conditions. However, as a general guideline, it’s recommended to clean your cabinets at least once every few months. This helps prevent the buildup of dirt, grease, and grime, keeping your cabinets in good condition and maintaining a hygienic environment in your kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas.

To get a taste of LifeStyle’s cabinet offerings, or to get started on your dream home, stop by any of our model homes or design studios, or give us a call at (321) 727-8188.