Due to the room's function, value, and appeal, the kitchen is an imperative part of your home. Considering your kitchen cabinets encompass a large portion of the space, investing in quality wood is key to improving the room's design and value. Fortunately, investing in cherry cabinets is smart since they are a favorite trend in kitchen remodeling that will never go out of style. Cherry wood is not only attractive, but it is also a durable option for your kitchen. However, proper cleaning and maintenance are essential. Using this guide, you can naturally clean your cherry cabinets.
Visit your local discount store or home improvement retailer for a large selection of hardwood cleaners. Unfortunately, the toxic chemicals in these sprays and solutions may be too harsh for your cherry wood cabinets. In addition, the chemicals can create a greasy residue on your wood finish. For a natural, less toxic cleanser, consider white vinegar.
Although a gentle ingredient, vinegar tackles greasy residue and kills bacteria that may be present on your kitchen cabinets. To use this effective, eco-friendly cleaner, add 2 cups of white vinegar to a spray bottle. Douse your cherry surfaces and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
If your cabinets still appear dirty, create a scrubbing paste using vinegar and salt. The added texture of the salt provides a method to scour the wood without harsh tools or ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the following:
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1 cup of of salt
Mix with a fork. If the solution appears too watery, add more salt to create a paste. Dip a microfiber cloth into the paste and clean the cherry cabinets using circular motions. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the excess.
Food, grease, dust, and dirt can easily stick to your cherry kitchen cabinets. Over time, this buildup can discolor your cabinet's finish and warp the cherry wood. At the first sign of this sticky residue, you may consider scouring the surface with a sponge and abrasive cleanser. While this may remove the sticky residue, it can also remove the glossy finish from your cherry wood.
To remove the sticky buildup, use a few cubes of ice. Complete the following steps to rid your cabinets from the sticky, damaging residue:
- Clean the cabinets, working your way around the sticky buildup. Allow to dry.
- Place 4 to 5 cubes of ice in a plastic bag.
- Hold the bag of ice against the sticky buildup for a few minutes. The buildup will begin to harden.
- Once the residue hardens, use a spatula or flat tool to scrape it away from the wood.
After cleaning your cherry cabinets and allowing them to dry, you may notice a decrease in the surface shine. Wood polish is a great option for enhancing the shine of your wood finish, but olive oil is a less toxic option for your kitchen.
To improve the shine of your cherry cabinets, add a few tablespoons of organic olive oil to a microfiber cloth. Next, apply a few drops of lemon oil to the cloth to improve the oil's smell. Run the cloth over the surface of your cabinets, going with the grain of the wood. If the oil quickly soaks into the wood, add a few more drops of olive oil to your cloth before polishing a second time.
The olive oil and lemon polish will enhance the look of your cherry wood finish while also protecting the surface from a buildup of dust and dirt.
Cherry wood is a great option for your kitchen due to its amazing appeal and durability. Using this guide, you can clean, enhance, and protect your investment without harsh chemicals. You can also use these tips for a variety of hardwood cabinets and floors.