A brief guide to keeping your cabinets clean for years to come.

You’ve done it! A kitchen remodel that involves new cabinetry can take a while, but you’ve now landed yourself in a brand new kitchen. Once all of the dishes are put away and the pans stored in their designated spaces, it is time to enjoy your new space in every way possible. Between the brownies, house parties, and even breakfast cereal- you will notice some smudging on your cabinetry. Don’t fret, we’re here to help you with some tips that will make cleaning your cabinetry a breeze.

For general cleaning, we recommend using a simple mixture that consists of mild dish washing soap and hot water. This can be done in a variety of ratios, but we typically recommend using one part dish soap to two parts hot water. Not a soap person? No problem! A mixture of vinegar and hot water will also do the trick. Be careful not to get too much vinegar on your counters, as it can cause your sealer to dissolve. Just blot up any vinegar spills as soon as you can, and you should be perfectly fine. Once you’ve created your concoction, pour it into a spray bottle if available. The spray bottle is very proficient at making sure that you don’t get too much moisture on the cabinet doors. We recommend using a soft cloth or soft sponge for this project. Small circular motions work well for tough spots, but long motions should be perfectly fine for the task ahead. Once you’ve scrubbed away the grime, make sure to wipe the area down with light water a final time. After completing this step, wipe your cabinetry down with a soft cloth to keep water from sitting on the doors for an extended period of time.

Remember to avoid the following while cleaning your cabinets:

  • Ammonia based cleaners.
  • Abrasive cleaning instruments (toothbrushes are fine for hard-to-reach places.
  • Getting liquid on the cabinet door/drawer hardware
  • Getting the cabinetry too wet
  • Letting the kitchen get out of control(this job is easiest when it is only a light clean that you lend yourself to a few times a year)


If you follow these cleaning instructions and keep up with your kitchen regularly, you will be overjoyed with how easy it is to keep a stunning kitchen clean. Thank you for reading, and please follow the blog to stay up-to-date on all of our home remodeling and maintenance tips!

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