Prevent Your White Cabinets From Yellowing
White cabinets give your kitchen a clean, airy look. But over time that bright white can turn yellow. Why do those sparkling white cabinets start to yellow?
The first culprit is exposure to direct sunlight, which tends to turn white cabinets yellow. If they are painted with an oil-based paint, also known as alkyd paints, they will sometimes take on a yellowish cast especially if your kitchen doesn’t get much sun. If you noticed they have yellowed a great deal, you may need to strip the varnish and repaint.
However, paint is not the only reason your cabinets may turn a yellowish tone. Overtime, cooking grease and smoke will turn your bright white to yellow.
Grease tends to go unnoticed so build-up occurs. This grime can damage the wood of your cabinets if allowed to remain for a long period of time. As unpleasant as this may seem, this is a problem that can be easily resolved.
First, don’t spend money on expensive de-greasers. There’s no need for you to inhale toxic ammonia.
There are several methods of cleaning grease off kitchen cabinets, try them all to see which one works best for your cabinets.
Four Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Cabinets Clean
- Dawn Soap and Warm Water – Mix 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap with 2 cups of warm water and scrub the cabinet with a clean cloth, following the grain of the wood. Rinse the area clean with a sponge, and dry it with a clean towel.
- Baking Soda and Water – For tough stain, create a paste using baking soda and water. Scrub with a sponge to remove the buildup and rinse with a clean sponge, and dry the area with a clean dry towel. If your cabinets have splattered tomato sauce or other stubborn food stains, this treatment might be the key to clean cabinets.
- Vinegar, Baking Soda and Warm Water – Wash your cupboards with a fizzy mixture of 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 1 tablespoon baking soda. If necessary, repeat the scrubbing action with a soft cloth and wipe with a dry cloth.
- Vegetable Oil and Baking Soda – Use 1 part mineral or vegetable oil to 2 parts baking soda. This makes the perfect cleanser for greasy cupboards. With a little rubbing, this gets rid of most gummy build-up. To clean that greasy oven hood, drop some oil on a paper towel, clean off the greasy film and wipe it clean
After cleaning, finish by wiping them down with a small amount of orange oil, lemon oil or even mineral oil.