How to Clean, Restore & Care for Painted Kitchen Cabinets
If you have wood, or painted kitchen cabinets, here's our best tips on how to clean and maintain them.
It’s the heart of your home - the kitchen.
These days, more and more families choose the fresh, bright look of painted kitchen cabinets, and who can blame them? At a fraction of the cost of replacing old cabinets, a coat of paint offers a new lease on life to shabby, dated, and worn out cabinets.
It can even add value to your property!
But once they’re painted, how do you hold onto that fresh new look?
As you cook and spend time in your kitchen; dirt, grime, oil, and grease settle and build up on the cabinets (ugh). To make matters worse; splatters and spills join in the fun too! As a result, even the neatest, most organized kitchens begin to lose their brightness and appeal.
Well, here’s everything you need to know to clean, restore and keep those cabinets – or any furniture in your home – looking new!
How to Clean Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Keeping those cabinets clean is one of the best ways to keep that high-end, fresh look in your kitchen and prevent marks and spills turning into stains.
Everyday Kitchen Cabinet Care
- Using a microfiber cloth (or mitt), lightly dust and wipe your cabinets as part of your usual cleaning routine. This is the best way to remove everyday dust and grime before turns into a more serious problem – smart cleaning!
- Next, spot-clean any dried-up spills or greasy fingerprints that you discover – how in the world did ketchup land up there? – with a soft, damp cloth (using as little water as possible).
Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning Tips
- Avoid using household cleaners that contain ammonia when you’re cleaning your painted cabinets – it can harm your paint finish leaving it permanently dulled.
- Always, always, always use soft, gentle microfiber cloths and sponges when you’re cleaning. Never use a scrub brush or scouring pad when cleaning painted cabinets - you don’t want to scratch the paint finish!
- You also need to avoid using any cleaners that have any type of scouring ingredients in them - you know the ones - powdered household cleansers with bleach.
- After mopping up any major spills, be sure to completely dry the area to prevent water marks from becoming water stains – oops!
While everyday cleaning is an important part of maintaining that chic look in your kitchen, every few months, those cabinets will be begging you for a deep clean!
Rejuvenate's Cabinet and Furniture Cleaner is a powerful, safe cleaner that removes years of dirt, grease, and oil revealing a perfectly clean surface beneath – perfect for use on your kitchen cabinets, right? Its pH-balanced and water-based formula won't damage any finish or paintwork on your cabinets - so you can use it with complete peace of mind – phew!
Here’s how to clean and restore your painted kitchen cabinets!
- Starting on one end of your kitchen, lightly spray the Cabinet and Furniture Cleaner onto the entire surface of the cabinet, or onto a soft cloth or microfiber mitt.
- Thoroughly wipe the entire area until it’s clean before moving on to the next section. A great tip for keeping your hand clean and dry is to use a lined microfiber mitt applicator for this task.
- Let the product completely air dry before touching the cabinets for the result to be a perfectly smooth, clean surface.
If you missed a spot, redo that area later, once the product is dry.
Ta-da! A completely residue, grime, grease and dirt-free kitchen is now yours! Happy sigh.
If only doing the dishes was this easy!
How to Restore Painted Kitchen Cabinets
With your cabinets beautifully cleaned, now it’s time to treat them to some conditioning and TLC!
After all, the heart of your home deserves a little love, right?
We think so.
Rejuvenate’s Cabinet and Furniture Restorer is the ideal product to restore your cabinets back to their showroom feel. Its polymer-based formula fills in scratches instead of highlighting them like some polishes. It forms a coating on your painted furniture leaving it looking years younger and protected from UV (a bit like Botox and sunscreen, for your furniture!)
Here’s how to apply kitchen cabinet restorer.
- With the cabinets cleaned of old polishes or waxes, pour the product onto a microfiber cloth or mitt and wipe it onto the surface in generous, overlapping strokes.
- Leave the product to dry – it’ll only take a few minutes before it takes your breath away!
- For an even “glossier” look, apply a second or third coat, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.
- Here’s a great tip: Rejuvenate makes a complete Cabinet & Furniture Restoration Kit that includes everything you need, including microfiber towels and furniture repair markers, to clean and restore your kitchen cabinets and furniture.
Bonus: The protective coating also serves as a water-resistant barrier meaning stains and spills are a lot less likely to permanently damage or discolor your painted kitchen cabinets – hooray!
“Stripped the greasy grimy gunk from my cabinets above/below my stove like no one's business! I also used this on my furniture prior to using the Cabinet/Furniture Restore, and it really cleaned all of the previously used waxy products off for an end result that exceeded my expectations (using both the cleaner/restore products). My neglected bedroom suite is back to showroom new! I would highly recommend the Cleaner/Restorer combo to a friend - this is the good stuff!!”
- Maggie’s 5-star review (Rejuvenate)
Tips to Keep your Painted Kitchen Cabinets Looking New
Knowing how to clean and treat your painted cabinets will make a big difference in the lifespan and look of your fresh and fabulous kitchen.
Here are some bonus tips to keep you one step ahead as you care for those kitchen cabinets.
1. Be speedy with spills mop up spills and messes as soon as you can, this will drastically reduce your chances of stains and water marks making themselves at home in your kitchen. Use paper towel to blot the spill rather than wiping it, to avoid spreading the “damage.”
Don’t forget to thoroughly dry the surface after you’ve mopped up the mess!
2. Outsmart the stains Stubborn stains can be tricky to remove on painted surfaces. Sigh. One simple option is to lightly brush the stain with a thinner – this won't remove much of the paint, but it can dull the finish. If it does, use Rejuvenate's Cabinet and Furniture Restorer to renew that bright shine and neat finish.
It sure beats sanding and refinishing the surface!
3. Be paint sample savvy - when you paint those cabinets, store some of the paint into a couple of small containers, this will make any touch-up work super easy over the next few years. Don’t forget to keep some of the sealer too!
When repairing a damaged area (chipped or badly scratched) – lightly sand the area, wipe it clean, apply the paint as neatly as possible, let it dry and seal it.
4. Close with care! - avoid slamming shut those cabinets, over time it can damage your paint finish (you might need to call a family meeting on this one), and boy, can it make a noise!
At the same time, be sure to keep the cabinet doors closed – this will prevent dust and grime settling on the inside of the cabinets, doubling your cleaning work (you might need to call a family meeting on this one, too).
And there you go - simple steps and handy tips to keep those cabinets looking new, fresh, and fabulous!
After all, your kitchen deserves to look great – it’s the place where meals and memories are made!
Happy cleaning, happy cooking!
Here’s to you - cheers!