Instead of “How to Clean the Tops of Greasy Kitchen Cabinets”, this post really should be called “The Horror That Lies Above” because that’s exactly what was I found. You see, this is an area that I don’t clean on a regular schedule. I think I mentally put it off because I know how icky it gets.
Cabinets are actually a pain to clean. “They’re constantly coming into contact with grease, dirt, food, and bacteria,” says Becca Napelbaum, a cleaning expert from the on-demand home service app Handy.
Here are some tips for cleaning the top of your cabinets, storing things there, and maintaining your future blissfully dust-free cabinet tops.
While a great meal is cooking, grease and grime float through the air and settle on top of the kitchen cabinets. It is important to periodically tackle the job of scouring and scrubbing to make your kitchen clean as a whistle. Grab scouring … wood surfaces. Complete the job by replacing decorative items above the cabinets.
If you have wood cabinets, they take the same care that your wood living room or bedroom furniture take. If you use harsh chemicals on your fine furniture, then have at it on the cabinets. Having many years of experience designing kitchens and selling cabinets, I’ve always advised my clients to treat their
Post cleaning – Grease and other old stain attracted to the top of the kitchen cabinet must be removed during cleaning. Thankfully we had the right tool … Once successful with the above stages, dampen the microfibre cloth and wipe of all the dirt then you have a clean surface.
When you choose painted Cleaning Above Kitchen Cabinets, they will usually be assembled with materials that accept and hold paint well, such as poplar, veneered plywood or MDF. The key is having a nice, flat surface, free of knots and heavy grain patterns. Some cabinet manufacturers perform all the finishing work on their cabinets in-house. At Canyon Creek, an elaborate system of spray booths, ovens and an overhead drying line make it possible to finish hundreds of cabinets a day. Cabinets leave the plant boxed and ready for installation.
The kind of paint used on your Cleaning Above Kitchen Cabinets will impact how they look, how they wear, how much they chip and whether they are resistant to water. When purchasing a stock or semi-custom cabinet, ask what kind of paint is used and if there are other options. There are many paint options: oil- or water-based paints that may or may not include alkyd resins to help with curing, and even solid-body conversion varnishes. Having an extended conversation about the options and their impacts (off-gassing, longevity etc.) might be helpful. Earlier this year I looked into using a zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint on some custom cabinets, but received less-than-positive feedback from the paint shop about using it. Using a low-VOC paint instead yielded good results. Paint companies are constantly working on formulating coatings with fewer VOCs, and as time goes on, they will only get better, so look at all of your options.