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How to effectively clean cabinetry.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Dampened lint-free cloth/rag (preferably all cotton, since
cotton absorbs better and does not smear as other fabrics, such
lint-free cloth/rag (for drying off) (preferably all cotton,
since cotton absorbs better and does not smear as other fabrics,
such as polyester)
lint-free cloth/rag (for cabinet polish application)
detergent/soap (such as Clear Magic™ or any other general cleaner
whose label specifies for cabinetry surface use)
Specialty cleaner for the cabinetry (such as Parker & Bailey
Kitchen Cabinet Cream™, which is wax-, silicone- and petroleum distallate- free and simultaneously acts as a polisher)
Cabinet polisher (such as lemon oil in general, or a product
like Old English Wood Polish™)
For an effective cleaning of cabinetry, do
Clean your cabinets with a dampened lint-free
cloth/rag and the application of either (a) a mild general
detergent/soap such as Clear Magic™ (for little residue cleaning), (b) a specialty
cleaner such as Parker and Bailey Kitchen Cabinet Cream™ (for
more than moderate residue cleaning), or (c) paint thinner (for
even stronger cleaner
for years of tough residue buildup),
scrubbing until you have removed all the dirt, dried spills,
grime, grease, splatters, and other kitchen residue that are
foreign to the original composition of your cabinetry.
Caution: Make sure to test any cleaner on a cabinet surface that
is not easily visible, such as inside the cabinetry, to make
sure the cleaner does not harm the cabinet's surface finish.
Caution: When using products like
paint thinner, be sure to allow for proper ventilation for your
safety, and make sure you are not operating near combustible
materials or open flames.
Then, immediately dry your cabinetry with another
To finish it off, if you have chosen a
general detergent/soap or paint thinner (and not Parker & Bailey
Kitchen Cabinet Cream™, which already acts as a polisher, not
just a cleaner) to clean the cabinetry, then apply a cabinet emulsion polish product
such as simple lemon oil or a hardware product like Old English
Wood Polish™ to give it a good shine. This will also help moisturize the cabinetry back
into shape from its exposure to the kitchen environment and help
prevent drying and cracking on its surface.
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