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The Ultimate Cleaning Guide to Vintage Kitchen Cabinets to Maintain Its Glory

Vintage kitchen cabinets are a great option for homeowners who are looking to make a bold statement about their cooking space. These cabinets are beautiful and give a classic look to your kitchen.

However, to make sure your vintage kitchen cabinets look flawless over time, you need to make sure you are cleaning and maintaining them right. If you are not sure how to do that, you can follow the tips we have listed below.

Cleaning Guide to Vintage Kitchen Cabinets

1. Consistent Cleaning

When you think of regular kitchen maintenance, you primarily focus on the counter, sink, and floor. However, kitchen exteriors can get dirty from food splatters, cooking grease, and steam. But to keep the vintage style kitchen cabinets looking new and fresh, stay on top of the crud and grime left by sticky fingerprints, grease, and food. Wipe down the cabinet exteriors and knowns with the regular routine of cleaning the counters, sink, and floors.

2. Avoid Moisture

Moisture isn’t really a friend of wooden vintage white cabinets. The kitchen is usually a hot and humid place. Moreover, kitchen sinks, refrigerators, and dishwashers present added sources of moisture. This excessive moisture can lead to permanent damage, such as discoloration of the cabinet finish and wood warping.

However, you can eliminate these impacts of moisture on the vintage kitchen cabinets by following the tips given below-

  • Avoid draping damp dishcloths over the doors of the cabinets.
  • If there is a spill, wipe it up and dry the cabinets instantly with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Don’t place damp dishes or utensils in the cabinets. To help fight moisture inside the drawers or cabinets, you can use shelf liners.

4. Deep Cleaning

You might aim to stay on top of kitchen cleaning but life gets in the way. Thus, a few times a year, for vintage kitchen renovation and cleaning, you should consider deep cleaning.

A deep cleaning checklist handles all the tasks required to thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of the kitchen cabinets. When it comes to the cabinet interiors, a deep clean has many steps, including-

  • Decluttering and emptying items
  • Cleaning
  • Organizing
  • Restocking the rest of the items

As you move to the exterior of the vintage kitchen design cabinets, a deep but gentle scrub can remove the accumulated grime, layers of food, and grease droplets that make the cabinets appear dull and dingy. Here are a few tips to deep clean the cabinets and revitalize the beauty of the wood grain of the cabinet.

  • Spend some additional time on the crevices
  • Use an old toothbrush to scrub and get the small crevices and corners
  • Spot-clean the areas with grime using toothpaste, baking soda, or citrus cleaner
  • Avoid drenching the cabinets and their hardware. The washing cloth you are using should be wet but not soaked. Make sure you are squeezing out the excess water.
  • Do not forget to open the drawers and doors for washing around the frame
  • For pulls and hinges and knobs decide on the best cleaning method for a certain finish.
  • 5. Do Not Use Harsh Cleaners

Vintage wooden cabinets are finished with lacquers and varnishes, which protect the underlying wood. Thus, you should avoid cleaning anything that can scratch the cabinet finish, leaving the wood exposed.

Rather, use strong but gentle cleaners. When it comes to the super sticky and grimy spots, it might be tempting to use an abrasive pad, but avoid using it. This is because it can scratch the surface or make it appear dull. With a tad of elbow grease, determination, and patience, the cleaners can remove it all.

The things that you should avoid while cleaning the cabinets are-

  • Steel wool, scouring pads, and brushes
  • Abrasive cleaning products and strong detergents
  • Solvent or petroleum-based cleaner
  • Bleach or ammonia

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