In this modern era, I choose vintage! So, my furniture is mostly made of oak, including my kitchen cabinets. If dusting the living furniture is piece of cake, I can’t say the same thing about those kitchen cabinets. However, I don’t want to change the vintage aspect of my home.
Besides dust, oak cabinets pick up grease and grime which isn’t so difficult to clean if the wood is in a good shape. But if the cabinets have some timeless crevices, the situation changes, because you will have to be careful in removing grease from those tiny cracks.
The first thing you should keep in mind when it comes to oak furniture cleaning is avoiding liquid cleaners, because it could damage or stain the finish. Although, you should rely only on one particular grime-buster: vinegar!
But, let’s see a real oak furniture cleaning process!
- mild detergent
- 1 ounce of grease-cutting dish soap
- 1 gallon of water
- baking soda
- dusting rag or feather duster
- microfiber cloth
- soft rag
How-To Cleaning Process:
- First step is to dust the cabinets using a dusting rag or a feather duster.
- Then, prepare a day-by-day cleaning solution: mix mild detergent in 1 gallon of water to which you add an ounce of grease-cutting dish soap.
- Start wiping the kitchen cabinets with the detergent mixture, using a microfiber cloth, then rinse with clean water and dry with a soft rag.
- The next steps is to pour equal amounts of white vinegar and water into a bucket, and use the solution to clean off grease or grime buildup from kitchen cabinets. Use the same microfiber cloth to wash, and rinse with plain water, then dry with a rag.
- Scrub dirt from hard-to-reach places, such as wood turnings, moldings and around hinges and other hardware with baking soda paste and a toothbrush, then rinse with clean water and use the soft cloth to dry the cabinets.