In this modern era, I choose vintage! So, my furniture is mostly made of oak, including my kitchen cabinets. If dusting the living room 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
- First step: wipe the cabinets using a dusting rag or a feather duster.
- Now, prepare a day-by-day cleaning solution: pour some mild detergent in 1 gallon of water and add 1 ounce of grease-cutting dish soap.
- Start wiping the kitchen cabinets with this mixture, using a microfiber cloth, then rinse with clean water and dry with a soft rag.
- Next, 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. Now, rinse with plain water and dry the area with a soft rag.
- Scrub dirt from hard-to-reach places such as wood turnings, moldings and around hinges with baking soda paste and a toothbrush, then rinse with clean water. Use the soft cloth to dry the cabinets. If you follow these steps correctly, your oak kitchen cabinets will have a fresh new look.