How to Protect the Paint on Kitchen Cabinets

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Things You'll Need

  • soft rag or towel

  • vinegar

  • non-abrasive cleaning solution

Many people have either paid a lot or worked hard to get their kitchen cabinets looking the way that they do now. Because of this we want them to look this way forever. Unfortunately, that is impossible. However, there are things that you can do that will increase the life of your cabinets and keep them looking clean and new longer. Some of these methods will work better than others, but each will contribute in its own way to maintaining the life of your kitchen cabinets.


Step 1

Clean up any spills immediately. This seems like common sense, but you would be surprised at how quickly your kitchen cabinets will soak up stains and spills so get them as quickly as possible. Use a towel or rag to get whatever it was that spilled.

Step 2

Remove any newspapers or printed pages from your cabinet areas. The ink in these papers can be soaked up by the cabinets. This is especially true if there is a spill on the papers.

Step 3

Close blinds when the sun is hot. The sun can damage and fade the color of your kitchen cabinets, so when the sun is beating through the kitchen windows, block it with the curtains or blinds.


Step 4

Clean your cabinets with a damp rag and then dry with another towel. You rarely will need soap to clean your cabinets off as long as you are attacking new spills as soon as they happen. Also, drying the cabinets will ensure that no water soaks into the cabinets and blisters the woods or paint.

Step 5

Create a mixture of vinegar and water when you would like to clean the cabinets more thoroughly. You could also use a gentle, non-abrasive cleaning solution, but don't use these often as they can remove the shine and protective coating on your cabinets.


Step 6

Repaint the cabinets if you are having a really hard time keeping the cabinets clean. The higher gloss paint you use, the easier it will be for you to keep it clean.

Step 7

Clean the fixtures and hardware using warm water and a towel as well as a brush if needed. Getting rid of any little junk that can get in the hinges and screws will help keep your cabinets looking clean and protected from any buildup.


Avoid using dish soap on the cabinets. It is okay to use occasionally, but it can eat away at the paint if used too often. Avoid it all together will be best.

Never use any furniture cleaners on your cabinets. These will destroy the waxy protective coating the gloss paint gives your cabinets.

Don't slide things along the cabinets, just pick it up. Sliding things can create small grooves in the wood and those spaces can be perfect for mold and bacteria to develop and grow.