How to Clean Oak Kitchens and Prepare for Christmas in 7 Easy Steps
In most oak kitchens, the period over Christmas and New Year is by far the busiest time of year, so before all the festivities get underway, it is recommended to give your kitchen a thorough clean in order to prepare it properly for the influx of family and food.
Before your cupboards get full to the brim with Christmas treats, we recommend emptying them entirely and undertaking the following cleaning regime.
1 – Remove all of the items from your cupboards, and wipe them down so as not to contaminate your cupboard once you have cleaned the insides of the unit.
2 – Once empty, mix up a solution of warm, soapy water to clean the cabinets with. We suggest a mixture containing 5% liquid soap and 95% warm water. Do not use aggressive cleaning agents on natural materials such as our oak cabinets, as it may bleach the natural timber.
3 – Use a damp micro-fibre cloth to wipe down all the surfaces of the cabinets, including the bottom and top – even if you can’t see them. Depending on how much dust has gathered, you may need to rinse the cloth in between wiping individual sides to avoid spreading any dirt.
4 – If you come across any particularly stubborn stains, we recommend using a natural mixture of vinegar and water to remove them. If the stains are proving particularly tough, then use a squirt of lemon juice to boost the power of your solution.
5 – Next, use a fresh micro-fibre cloth to dry each surface of the cabinet. We recommend following the grain of the cabinet to leave as few marks as possible on the timber panels.
6 – Now that your cabinet is dry, you can return all the food, dinnerware and other items back to the cabinet and move onto the next one.
7 – The same solutions recommended above can also be used to clean solid wood worktops. Just be sure to wipe down the surfaces and dry them very carefully, so as not to leave any water marks.