When you invest a pretty penny in luxury kitchen cabinets, as found in kitchens designed by miketaylorbespokekitchens.co.uk, and similar bespoke design experts, it is only natural to make sure you are taking care of them correctly. The finish on the majority of these luxury cabinets are protected against the rigors of everyday home use, but cleanliness and general upkeep is vital to maintain the look and appeal of the cabinets for the years to come. In this piece we take a look at some of the things you need to do.
Dusting your cabinets regularly with a soft lint-free material is a great idea. Where possible, always dampen the cloth with water, or use spray type dust remover.
Clean spills quickly
Your cabinet will lose its color if you allow prolonged exposure to spills. The spills cover food, water and any liquid really. Oil and grease can bring about permanent discoloration and damage to the finish of your cabinet. Again you need soft cloth to clean spills and the spill needs to be dampened with mild soap. After the initial clean, you need to dry off the surface instantly with another clean soft cloth.
You don’t have to wait until a spill occurs to clean your cabinets. You need to clean them regularly with a soft cloth dampened with mild soap. Dry with another clean soft cloth after the cleaning process. There are also several wood cleaning products available for use on cabinets that you can consider using in place of mild soap.
Wax and polish
Waxing your luxurious cabinets is not a great idea. Over a period of time, the wax will build up on the surface of the cabinet resulting in a hazy, streaky or yellowed appearance. Waxing also attracts heavy dust particles that may become difficult to remove. It is recommended that you clean and polish your cabinets twice times a year. A light coat of quality furniture polish is all you need to get the job done.
Cleaning glass doors
If there are glass panels installed in your cabinet doors, it is important to clean them once in a while. To effectively clean the glass, you need is a commercial glass cleaner. Avoid applying the glass cleaner directly to the glass. Simply spray a small amount of the cleaning agent on a soft cloth, or appropriate paper towel, and wipe the glass with it. Be mindful to avoid damaging the cabinet finish, or its parts during the cleaning process. Avoid cleaning with anything abrasive.
Cleaning the cabinets
You will want to occasionally clean knobs, pulls or handles that are installed on your cabinet doors and drawers, and the interior. You can, again, get it done using a clean, soft cloth, dampened with mild soap. Be sure to dry all the joints in the cabinet with another clean soft cloth. Don’t leave any moisture inside, and leave the doors open for a few hours to let the air get to the inside.
Avoid using harsh chemicals, ammonia, bleach or any abrasive cleaning products. Solvent or petroleum based products, like nail-polish removers, mineral spirits, paint thinners, and so forth, should all be kept away from your cabinet at all costs.