Restoring Your Cabinets Just Got Easier

If your cabinets are in good condition but looking a bit dull or worn out, you may wish to restore them with a cabinet restorer. Using a professional grade cabinet restorer is a great way to maintain—or reclaim—the new look of your cabinets. The first step is to clean them thoroughly. Cleaning them regularly—say, once a year—should require only a couple hours’ work.

To begin cleaning your cabinets, first remove the handles or pulls for more thorough cleaning. Unless you plan to replace the hardware, soak them for 30 to 60 minutes in hot, soapy water, then scrub with a soft brush, then rinse and dry them. You can brighten them up with the appropriate metal polish (for example, brass polish for brass hardware).

If your cabinets are metal or plastic laminate (Formica®), try an all-purpose household cleaner first; if you prefer a more natural approach, try vinegar or a paste made of baking soda and water or lemon juice.

If your cabinets are made of wood, your choice of cleaner depends on the type of finish. Some wood cabinets may be unfinished; some are stained or finished with a varnish or lacquer. Newer wood cabinets are usually factory finished. Some wood cabinets are painted; older ones may have several coats of paint. Dishwashing liquid is usually all you need for wood cabinets—just dissolve a few drops in warm water and use a soft, lint-free cloth.

If you know your wood cabinets have a thick lacquer or varnish, you may be able to use a commercial all purpose cleaner to remove surface residue; however, this type of cleaner may be too harsh and may dull the finish.

Do not use anything acidic on wood cabinets, such as vinegar or lemon juice, or anything abrasive, such as cleanser, a scrub brush, or steel wool. As an alternative, an all-purpose household cleaner, checking first to make sure it’s safe for wood. It’s a good idea to test it first on the inside of the cabinet to make sure it doesn’t harm the finish, and if you’re using any commercial preparation, you should empty the cabinets of any food and dishes first.

If cleaning your cabinets has not restored them to their original beauty, you may consider glazing, refinishing, or refacing them. Alternatively, you can use a liquid cabinet restorer, just wipe on and let dry. This is a great way to make scratches less noticeable and breathe new life back into your kitchen cabinets.

To restore your kitchen cabinets or to keep your cabinets new-looking, and to make regular maintenance easier, treat them with Pro Shot® Cabinet Restorer & Protector. Pro Shot® Cabinet Restorer wipes on easily with no buffing needed. Pro Shot lets you choose the amount of shine you want™: one coat for a little shine, or a second coat for a more brilliant shine and more protection. Pro Shot® Cabinet Restorer & Protector lasts up to a year, protecting your cabinets from grease, dust, fingerprints, and food stains. It contains no petroleum so there’s no smelly fumes.