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How to Clean Shaker Cabinets

Have you picked out cabinets for your new home, but can’t decide on what style to go with? Maybe you’ve already chosen the style of your cabinets and are now looking for ways to keep your new investment attractive. One particular design that has made its way back into popularity is Shaker cabinets.


Shaker cabinets are characterized by their plain, flat panels that overlap each other at 90-degree angles. They look great in any kitchen because of their simplicity and timelessness. Best of all, their clean lines make them easy to clean.


What Makes Them Easy to Clean?

What makes these cabinets especially easy to clean is the fact that the majority of them feature simple flat surfaces, generally made from either wood or particleboard. This means that the only places you will have to worry about messy fingerprints are on the doors, and don’t forget about any knobs or pulls.


Basic Cleaning

You should start by using a dry, soft cloth to wipe away any visible dust or dirt from your cabinets. Next, grab a damp rag and use it to wipe down all of your clean surfaces. Make sure you do each shelf as well as the sides of each cabinet door.


Once this is done, you can use a microfiber cloth to shine up any stainless steel appliances in your kitchen. The stainless steel wipes included with many dishwasher detergents work very well for polishing other metal finishes found in kitchens as well. However, if there is any scuffing or scratching on these appliances, avoid polishing them with standard stainless steel cleansers.



Cleaning Countertops

If you’ve got black granite countertops in your kitchen, then it’s best to clean the surfaces using products that are specifically designed for use on this type of material. If there is any scuffing or scratching etched into the surface, be sure to fix it quickly before the situation becomes worse. You can do this by simply purchasing a kit made especially for restoring dark granite (or marble) surfaces to their former glory.



Applying wax

Once all of your kitchen appliances have been cleaned and polished up, make sure to always keep them looking like new by applying an occasional coat of wax on your wooden cabinets. This will also help protect them from constant exposure to water, grease, and dirt. After cleaning your shaker cabinets, simply apply a coat of paste wax in the direction of the wood grain with a lint-free cloth. Let it dry for 15 minutes and then buff off all residue with another clean cotton cloth.


Over time, you may notice that residue has built up on your cabinets and is leaving behind unwanted spots and marks when you go about your normal kitchen activities such as washing dishes or cooking meals. If this happens, follow these steps to get rid of the grime once and for all:


1) Mix baking soda and water


2) Dip a soft cloth into your baking soda solution and then wipe down your cabinets from top to bottom


3) Mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil in a bowl. Use a separate cloth to dip into the mixture and use it to buff out any remaining spots on your cabinets


4) Apply paste wax with a clean, dry cloth until your entire cabinet is shiny and smooth.


Bottom Line

Cleaning your Shaker cabinets doesn’t have to be a hard chore. It’s best to keep them clean while they’re new so you can prevent any damage and keep them timeless. A regular cloth for daily cleaning is fine, but for polishing and keeping them as new you might want to use some special products. Whatever you do, just keep taking care of them!



For more information on cleaning and taking care of your Shaker cabinets keep reading our blog nelsonkb.com/blog. And for a free consultation contact us at info@nelsonkb.com. Or just call us at 832-998-6598. We love to hear from you!

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