Wood cabinets can make a kitchen feel so warm and cozy. That is just what the presence of wood does to any space. But cleaning and taking care of your wood cabinets without damaging them can get a bit technical.
Your kitchen cabinets are exposed to dirt and grease. The kitchen is where oil, butter and all sorts of foods are used quite often. And your beautiful wood cabinets have to face it all. After a while, they will definitely look dirty and not so beautiful at all.
But you can restore your cabinets right back to their splendor. However, cleaning wood cabinets without damaging them can be tricky. You need to understand what to do and what not to do before you go ahead and start cleaning your kitchen cabinets.
When cleaning anywhere or any item in your home, you want to avoid using any form of toxic chemicals. This goes for cleaning your wood cabinets too. Chemicals will make the air in your home toxic. And because your cabinets are situated in your kitchen where your food is stored and prepared, you want to keep them chemical-free.
Vinegar is a natural and non- toxic cleaning agent. But you should avoid using it on your wood cabinets. Vinegar is not good for wood. It will damage your wood cabinets, and cause them to look dried out and distressed.
You also need to know which oil to use on your kitchen cabinets. It is good to use an oil to help maintain your wood cabinets, so they don’t end up looking dried out and old. But there are drying oils and non- drying oils.
Drying oils will become hard when exposed to air and form a thin protective layer on your wood cabinets. This will make your cabinets have a nice sheen and not look all dried out.
Non- drying oils will not get dry or form a protective layer even when exposed to air. When used on your wood cabinets, a non- drying oil will keep them moist and eventually start smelling funky. You should avoid using non- drying oils on your wood cabinets. Instead, use drying oils.
The Cleaning Process
Make a paste with baking soda and linseed oil. Linseed oil is one the most recommended drying oils for treating wood. Baking soda will give your cabinet a good scrub. You want to be removing grease and grime from your cabinets while giving it some healthy moisture.
You can use a toothbrush for applying baking soda and the linseed oil paste to your cabinets. The toothbrush will help you to reach into areas that are hard to access. Scrub your cabinets until you have removed all the grease.
Use a soft cleaning cloth to clean up the baking soda and any other debris that is left on your cabinets. Then use some warm water to do final cleaning. The warm water will help to break down any grease or grime that is left. You can use a spray bottle to spritz your cabinets with the warm water. Then use the cleaning cloth to wipe them dry. You should now have beautiful and clean wood cabinets in your kitchen.