When you wish to give a facelift to your kitchen, you can easily achieve it by cleaning up the cabinet. Once the hardware is cleaned up, you can easily make out the difference. Cleaning kitchen cabinet hardware is considered an integral part of overhauling this integral part of your house. This is because they are the visible features of the kitchen and they get messed up most frequently due to extensive use.
Cleaning the Hardware
The first thing you need to do is to take out all the hardware, like knobs, drawer pulls, and door handles, from cabinet doors and drawers with the help of a screw driver. Make a mixture of equal quantities of distilled white vinegar and warm water in a container and put all the detached hardware in it. Soak them for one or two hours and drain out the liquid mixture. Then, fill the container with some warm water and add mild dish-washing liquid to it. Then, scrub each piece of hardware lightly with a soft toothbrush and you will find that the grease comes out quite easily. The warm water and vinegar make this task easier for you. Rinse the hardware well with clean water and wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Keep all the articles in open air for some time to dry them further.
Cleaning the Cabinet
The main source of dirt on the kitchen cabinets is oil and grease. Besides these, food particles and smoke are also responsible for the dirty look. To get rid of the sticky substances, you should choose cleaning products that help remove the grease. Mild dish-washing liquids work well on this type of grease. Firstly, wipe out the dirt and debris that is loosely stuck to various parts of the cabinet with a moist cloth. Dip a sponge in soapy water and rub it on both the sides of the shelves, and also the borders of the cabinet. Keep the cabinet open for some time, until the moisture dries up.
Cleaning the Doors
The doors of the kitchen cabinet often need special attention. You should give special care to those areas from where the hardware is detached. You can see thin lines of accumulated dirt bordering the knobs or handle areas. For this, make a solution with half a cup of borax, two teaspoonful liquid detergent, and a tablespoonful of ammonia. Pour it into a spray bottle and sprinkle it over the surface of the door, and rub off with a clean cloth. In case the stains are stubborn, you may need some vigorous rubbing.
Once your kitchen cabinet is ready after cleaning, you can attach the hardware that you removed from the drawers and the doors. Place clean newspaper on the shelves of the cabinet and arrange all the bottles and the containers nicely. The amount of time required for this task largely depends on the extent of dirt that has accumulated on the cabinet. However, regular cleaning of kitchen cabinets is a must to prevent any kind of attack from insects and to ensure healthy and hygienic life for your family.