I love my white kitchen cabinets but keeping them white and beautiful takes a little bit of work. If you love the practicality and comfort of a farmhouse style kitchen then you’ll need to know how to clean and maintain your white painted kitchen cabinets.
Luckily it is not difficult to clean your white cabinets at all. Before you know it these steps will become second nature to you.
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Warm Water and Damp Cloth
The first rule of cleaning any cabinet surface is to use warm water and a damp cloth. This gentle approach will effectively remove surface dirt and sticky fingerprints without damaging the paint or wood. Getting into the habit of quickly wiping down your cabinets after you’ve washed dishes and already have a damp cloth is a great way to keep your white cabinets clean.
Dish Soap and Spray Bottle
Another option for everyday cleaning, create a mild solution using a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle filled with warm water. This mixture will work wonders in removing everyday dirt and grease. I have also been known to skip the spray bottle and just use a tiny bit of dish soap on a damp rag. I find this works especially well around the stovetop where I am most likely to have grease on the cabinets or backsplash from everyday cooking.
Soft Cloth and Circular Motion
When wiping down your white cabinets, opt for a soft cloth and clean in a circular motion. This method will ensure an even and thorough clean without leaving streaks or marks. It’s also helpful because you do not want to go overboard on the elbow grease and end up wearing away at the paint on your cabinets. The likelihood of this being a concern for you will depend on the age of your cabinets and what type of paint was used.
Dealing With Stubborn Stains
The best way to combat any potential stain is to wipe it up before the mess has a chance to leave a big stain in the first place. Of course, that is not always possible or you may not notice the stain until it has already set it. In those cases you can use one of these methods to remove the stubborn stain and get your cabinets back to their beautiful white sheen.
Baking Soda and Water
To tackle tough stains on your white cabinets, make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stained area, gently scrub with an old toothbrush, and then wipe it clean with a damp microfiber cloth.
White Vinegar and Water
For greasy kitchen cabinets or sticky residue, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the affected areas, and with a soft cloth, wipe away the grime effortlessly.
Lemon Juice and Water
Lemon juice is another natural cleaner that can help with tough stains. Mix lemon juice and water in a spray bottle, apply to the stains, and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping clean. If the paint on your cabinets is prone to chipping I would try the other methods of baking soda and water or white vinegar and water first.
Deep Cleaning For Stubborn Grime
I love using a magic eraser. They work so well. We have a lot of white cabinets and white trim in our home as well as some very energetic and rambunctious little ones so magic erasers have become a staple for me. These erasers are gentle yet highly effective in removing tough stains without causing damage to the paint.
Commercial Glass Cleaner
For glass cabinets or glass insets on your kitchen cabinet doors, use a commercial glass cleaner to get them sparkling clean. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.
Handling Different Cabinet Types And Materials
For wood kitchen cabinets, it’s essential to avoid abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals that could strip the protective finish. Stick to gentle cleaners and clean cloth to preserve the natural beauty of the wood. My cabinets are wood and I most often use just plain warm water and a soft rag. For tougher stains or grease I put the tiniest bit of dish soap on my rag. Those two methods have been my go to for years and serve me so well in keeping my white painted kitchen cabinets clean.
Laminate cabinets are durable but can be sensitive to abrasive cleaning products. Stick to mild cleaners and soft erasers to avoid scratching the surface.
For plastic laminate cabinets, a damp microfiber cloth with warm water is a good way to keep them clean without causing damage.
Everyday Maintenance And Cleaning Schedules
Dry Cloth and Dusting: In addition to regular cleaning, a quick wipe with a dry microfiber cloth can help remove dust and prevent dirt buildup.
Exhaust Fan and Range Hood: When cooking, make use of the exhaust fan or range hood to minimize grease and food stains on your white cabinets.
Cleaning Schedules: Establish a cleaning routine to keep your white cabinets looking their best. Depending on your kitchen’s usage, a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning schedule may be ideal.
Tips For Specific Cleaning Situations
Glass Doors and Glass Cabinets: To clean glass doors and glass insets, use a commercial glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth for streak-free results.
Cabinet Hardware and Handles: Don’t forget to clean the cabinet hardware regularly to maintain a consistent look throughout your kitchen.
Water Spots and Small Spots: For water spots or small spots on your white cabinets, use a damp microfiber cloth to spot-clean.
Dirty Spots and Greasy Stains: A good idea for dealing with dirty spots and greasy stains is to use a mild solution of warm water and dish soap.
By following these cleaning methods and incorporating them into your regular cleaning routine, you can keep your white painted kitchen cabinets in excellent condition. Remember to use gentle cleaning solutions, avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning products, and pay attention to the specific type of cabinets you have. With a little effort and the right approach, you can enjoy the timeless beauty of your white cabinets for years to come.