A quick guide to cleaning painted wood cabinets

Do you know that the durability factor of your cabinet finishes also depends on their cleaning? So, clean the cabinets carefully whether you painted them or have them done professionally. Stay on the top of your cleaning game with some tips.

Like other cabinet finishes, grime, oily hand prints, dust, dirt, and stains show clearly on the face of your kitchen cabinets. And if you do not have semi-gloss painted cabinets, you have a problem. The drips of that coffee you dropped last week, and the clouds of oily droplets are still making an impression. However, you have to keep some things in mind while cleaning painted cabinets. 

Trying harsh solutions or using torn-out sponges can damage your newly painted cabinets. So, why not make a list of components you need to clean painted cabinets. Let’s see what you need for cleaning this time:

  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • A mixing bowl
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A step stool, maybe
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda

Steps to clean painted cabinets:

Step #1

Mix up the dishwashing soap in warm water:

Depending on the cleaning scale, squeeze some dishwashing soap into a bucket of warm water. Mix until it is soapy. Fill the bucket as much as you want.

Mix up the dishwashing soap in warm water

Step #2

Dip the microfiber cloth:

Now take the microfiber cloth and dip it in the solution for a few minutes as long as it is damp.

Step #3

Gently scrub the cabinets:

The next step is to rub the cloth in a circular motion on the cabinet faces. One cabinet at a time! Try to be gentle yet firm on grime.

Step #4

Take another wet cloth:

Wet another microfiber cloth but in pain water. Again clean the painted cabinets with that damp cloth.

Step #5

Use a dry cloth:

Finally, take a dry cloth and wipe the cabinets dry. Or turn the fan on to let the cabinets dry inside and out.

 

Hopefully, grime, dust, dirt, and stains will come out quickly through the dishwashing agent. But, in case it does not work that well, use baking soda and white vinegar.

Clean with white vinegar and baking soda:

You are likely to have both the ingredients at home. So, give this method a try for tough or greasy stains.

  • First of all, grab a spray bottle to make a solution of half white vinegar and half water. Keep it as 1:2. For tough stains, try 2:1.
  • Spray on the cabinet surfaces and wipe with a microfiber cloth in circular motions.
  • First, use a damp cloth to wipe the stains. Use gentle hands so that the paint does not get off.
  • Finally, use a soft and dry cloth for a quick dry out.
  • You can use the same method for baking soda.

What if my painted cabinet has a missing paint spot?

Well, that’s perfectly normal to have a missing paint spot after cleaning. If you notice such a faint spot, clean it first. Thoroughly clean and wash the missing paints with water. Let it dry, and then touch up with the same paint gently.

The bottom line:

That was quick, right! Some cleaning solutions, natural remedies, and switching to soft microfiber cloth can do it all perfectly. Try these easy and simple methods to clean painted cabinets without causing any damage. But, try to be gentle while cleaning. And best of luck with your kitchen cleaning!