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How to effectively clean cabinetry.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Dampened lint-free cloth/rag (preferably all cotton, since cotton absorbs better and does not smear as other fabrics, such as polyester)

  • Dry lint-free cloth/rag (for drying off) (preferably all cotton, since cotton absorbs better and does not smear as other fabrics, such as polyester)

  • Dry lint-free cloth/rag (for cabinet polish application)

  • Mild 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)

  • Paint Thinner

  • Cabinet polisher (such as lemon oil in general, or a product like Old English Wood Polish™)

Guide:

For an effective cleaning of cabinetry, do the following:

  1. 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. 

  2. Then, immediately dry your cabinetry with another lint-free cloth/rag.

  3. 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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