The handles, the knobs, the hinges, and basically every other metal part in and on your kitchen cabinets are considered hardware and need to be regularly maintained, cleaned, and lubricated in order to prevent rust, dirt, and other desirable elements from screwing up their functions thus, ruining the whole appearance and function of your kitchen cabinets. Here are some steps on how to take care of these parts and make them shiny and glorious as if they were new once more.
- Remove each part. Every single piece, handle, hinge, knobs, and stoppers are typically screwed on which should make it easy for you to remove. You will need to remove each and every piece in order to properly clean and shine them. Whip out your screwdriver and start loosening and removing the screws keeping these parts in place. Remember how it was positioned and what screw goes with each part so that you don’t get confused when putting piece back together.
- Prepare the solution. The solution you want to use to clean these parts with is typically white vinegar saturated in warm water. Fill a pail with 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Drop the metal parts in this solution and let it sit and soak for about an hour or two. This will loosen and dislodge the oil, grease, and grime. Make sure to throw in the screws in the mix as well. You will want to clean these as well. Scoop out each part after the designated time for soaking and throw the used solution away. Rinse the bucket with water and refill it warm water again.
- Create a washing solution. The next step is to rinse each part with soapy water. Mix several drops of liquid dish washing detergent with warm water and use it to scrub and wash each part. You may use your fingers or a soft-bristles toothbrush to wash each part. Once each part is nice and clean, place it on a towel along with their corresponding screws and allow them to dry.
- Reinstall each part. Once each part is totally dry, start placing them back where you got them. Position each part the same way it was installed when you removed it. Screw each part back in. Once that is done, you can now use your kitchen cabinets normally again.
- Lubricate. Since these parts are metal in nature, you really don’t want them to develop rust. These are killers in both function and form. So, before you reinstall each metal part, make sure to lubricate it with WD-40 or something similar. A small dose should be enough. You may use clean grease as an alternative but in very minute doses. Aside from the lubricant, you may opt to apply light polish especially on those parts that will be most visible such as the handles and knobs.
Following these steps to the letter will ensure that your kitchen cabinets, by way of their hardware, will function for years and even decades to come. The entire cleaning process should be done once every year at the least for maximum results.