Tips for Cleaning Your Laminate Cabinets

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What You'll Need
Chemical cleaners
Special cleaning solutions

If you have laminate cabinets in your home, you'll need to find the best way to keep them clean. Cabinets, like other surfaces throughout your house, are likely to develop dirt and dust buildup throughout the year. Fortunately, laminate cabinets are some of the easier types of cabinets to clean, provided that you know how to go about doing it properly. Read on for some helpful tips on cleaning your laminate cabinets.

1. Dust Regularly

The best way to avoid any problematic cleaning jobs is to keep your cabinets as clean as possible during routine chores. The best way to do this is regularly dust them. Purchase a soft cloth or rag, or use a standard duster. Once every week or two, gently dust off of the surface of the cabinets, both inside and out, to remove any dirt or dust that may have built up during the intervening time.

2. Use Water First

wiping a cabinet with a cloth

If you notice any small stains or areas that aren't going to become cleaner by dusting, the first thing that you should do is get a soft sponge or rag and pour a bit of water onto it. You can then gently rub the cabinet to see if that will be sufficient to remove the stain or the piece of debris. Use a small amount of water at first, as allowing water to sit in the laminate cabinet might cause damage to the surface materials.

3. Purchase Chemical Cleaners

If dusting and a water treatment don't work, you may wish to try a soft detergent or hand soap. This will generally prove to be adequate for most laminate dirt and shouldn't cause any damage to the cabinet itself. You will need to rub down the stained area with a cloth that has soap and water on it, then allow the soap to sit momentarily before cleaning off the stained area with clean water.

4. Cleaning Solutions

bottles of cleaners

If these treatments also don't work, consider purchasing a special cleaning solution for your bathroom or kitchen cleaning tasks. These solutions are available at most hardware and grocery stores. Be sure that you buy a solution that is approved for use in the type of material that you have for your laminate cabinets. Follow the instructions to properly dilute the cleaning solution before using it, as full strength solutions can cause permanent damage to the laminate material and the material underneath as well.

5. Professional Help

For more information about how to keep your laminate cabinets as clean and pristine looking as you possibly can, consult with a professional or a representative at your local hardware or cleaning supply store. Depending upon the material of the laminate cabinets, you may need to try certain other options in order to keep them looking their best. All of the cleaning products that you'll need are available at these stores as well.