Instructions for How To Clean Painted Cabinets
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How to Clean Your Newly Painted Cabinets
Prior to cleaning, wipe over your cabinets with a clean and dry cloth to remove anything that may be sitting on the surface (as such residue could scratch your cabinets during the cleaning process).
● Dust & clean often: Lightly dust and wipe your cabinets with a slightly dampened soft, gentle cleaning cloth like a microfiber cloth or sponge. Then dry with a soft towel. Especially important are the cabinets near the cooktop, clean them weekly to remove any film from cooking grease.
● Spot clean: Clean any spills, smears, greasy fingerprints, or watermarks as soon as they occur.
● Little water: Always clean with as little water as possible.
● Area by area: Clean one small area at a time so that the dampness is not sitting on top of your painted cabinets for very long.
● Occasional thorough cleaning: For more thorough cleaning, use a mild, paint-safe cleaning solution or a simple solution of mild dish detergent or soap that states it’s kind to hands (as this will be more PH neutral) and warm water. Work in small sections, rinse with clean, clear water to remove any soap solution that may be left behind and dry immediately using a lint-free cloth, not allowing wetness to sit on your cabinets for very long. A good simple recipe is a few drops of dish soap and a teaspoon of vinegar in a cup of warm water. Clean in small areas and dry as you go. Do not allow ANY cleaner to sit on your cabinets.
● Test any solution on the back of a cabinet door before using it in a high-visibility area.
● Don’t use a saturated cloth to wipe your cabinets. Only a damp cloth is needed.
● Avoid over-wetting cabinets.
● Do not hang wet dish towels over a cabinet door. Over time, this moisture can cause irreversible
damage to the wood and finish.
NEVER USE THESE ON PAINTED CABINETS: Magic Eraser. Wax. Soft Scrub. Abrasive powder. Scrubbing pads, scrubbing brushes, scrubbing sponge, scouring pads or steel wool. Cleaners with abrasive particles, harsh detergents, ammonia, scouring ingredients, or bleach. Oil soap. Polishes or pastes containing silicone or petroleum. Citrus/orange cleaner. Commercial detergents. Powdered cleansers.