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As we all know, painted white cabinets have been all the rage for quite a few years now. Painting my cabinets white was one of the best decisions I made in my kitchen. However, with good reason, keeping white cabinets clean is usually a major concern when deciding whether or not to make the change. There’s no doubt that having white cabinets requires a certain level of maintenance, but they are so beautiful that you won’t mind the extra effort! Today I want to show you all my easy routine for keeping my cabinets “Brite” and white with Scotch-Brite® Brand Sponges, as they have the right tools for every surface!
My Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning and Touch-Up Routine:
|Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge | Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge | White Vinegar | Dish Soap | Warm Water | Reserved Paint | Paint Brush | Spray Bottle|
1. Gather your supplies
2. Make an all natural cleaning solution of equal parts warm water, white vinegar and a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle. (Or use your favorite all purpose cleaner, diluted!)
3. Spritz cabinets down with cleaning solution and let sit for a minute or two.
4. Wipe down with a Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge paying special attention to the bottom of base cabinet doors where dust and spills corral and around the the cabinet hardware where, bacteria from hands are likely present.
**Cabinets around the stove tend to contain more grime and grease, which is where the Scotch-Brite non-scratch scrub sidecomes into play, as they clean without scratching your painted surfaces. My back splash is bead board wallpaper, and although it is rather durable, it does tend to dent and scratch, so this sponge works great to clean the grease splatter that tends to adorn the walls around my stove.**
5. Dry with a soft cloth, I love using plain white flour sacks in my kitchen for just about everything!
6. When you are done with your cleaning, rinse your sponge and let it air dry.
What happens if after you clean your cabinets you notice peeling paint or nicks and scratches?
- It’s always a good idea to have some paint on reserve for nicks and scratches, which seem to be inevitable in high traffic areas such as the kitchen.
- After washing your cabinets down, to touch up light nicks, lightly sand the area down with a fine grit sanding block/paper, and wash away the dust with your damp Scotch-Brite® sponge.
- Depending on the size of the nick/scratch, you can use a craft paint brush and lightly touch up the area, applying two coats, letting the paint dry in between.
Now that you’ve touched up your cabinets, how will you clean up all the paint you may or may not have dripped on your floor or counter top ;)?
Unfortunately, I am not the neatest DIYer, so when I paint there is always a mess to be cleaned. If you happen to be like me, it is best to clean up paint while it’s still wet, which can easily be cleaned with your damp Scotch-Brite® sponge. However, if you don’t get to those drips before they dry, you may need to whip out your Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge.
Depending on your surfaces, my counter and floors are both laminate, you can easily use the Green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge to clean up dried on paint drips as it cleans tough messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges. And can I tell you a secret? I actually still had a little paint splatter on my floors from when I originally rolled out the cabinets (Yikes! I know!), and the scrub side of this sponge cleaned up that dried paint splatter with very minimal effort! Which to me is AH-MAZING! Did I ever tell you that I am a lazy DIYer? In fact, that should have been the name of this blog, Ha!
Anyway . . . this sponge is also great for the kitchen, garage and outdoors! BUT . . . If you happen to have a more fragile counter or floor such as a soft stone or hardwood, you may want to utilize the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge to ensure that there is no damage to your surfaces, as it is safe to use on non-stick cookware, counter tops, cook tops, tubs, shower tile, windows and dishes!
These sponges are available at Target and are color coded for easy purchase: green scrub sponges are heavy duty and blue scrub sponges are non-scratch!
And in case you are looking to stock up on these awesome sponges, here’s
a Target Cartwheel Offer, valid from8/28-9/3 for 10% Off 9 Pack of Sponges You’re welcome ;).
So tell me, what is your favorite go-to kitchen cabinet cleaning routine?
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Until Next Time,
Thank you so much for this post! I have white painted cabinets in my kitchen too, and now I know just what to do to make them looking fresh and Brite (see what I did there?) #client
Such good tips Carli! Love how bright and fresh your kitchen is!
Ah this is genius! My cabinets are a painted off-white and I should pay more attention to them!
Thanks a lot for sharing these useful tips Carli! I always get stucked with those white cabinets. Hope this post may make some change.