If you’re looking for a clean, simple look in your kitchen, then stainless steel kitchen cabinet hardware can be the perfect fit. It’s an ideal match for the new stainless steel appliances and can add a touch of modern elegance to any kitchen. While stainless kitchen cabinet hardware is probably the least demanding when it comes to cleaning, it will still need a little attention from time to time. Heat and grease can take a toll on your kitchen cabinet hardware and stainless is no exception. So be prepared to do a little maintenance on this otherwise carefree home hardware.
If your stainless cabinet handles and drawer pulls have been up for a while, they may be looking a little dull and in need of a cleaning. It’s possible to do an in place cleaning if your kitchen cabinet hardware isn’t too dirty. You can clean them right along with the surface of your cabinets, using a soft damp cloth and an orange based degreasing cleaner. Follow up with a dry cloth to polish your kitchen cabinet hardware to a sparkling shine.
Removing Your Stainless Cabinet Handles for a Thorough Cleaning
If your Stainless hardware is really greasy and grimy, you really should remove it for a more thorough cleaning. This means grabbing your screw driver and removing all the drawer pulls, knobs and hinges so you can give them a good scrubbing. It’s a good idea if you can have someone help you with this as it will require removing the cabinet doors and you don’t want them twisting or falling in the process. Start by unscrewing the bottom hinge first and leaving the top screw in the upper hinge until last. Have your helper steady the door while you remove the last screw and carefully lower the door.
Remove all the kitchen cabinet hardware from the doors and do the same for all the drawers. Mark each door and drawer as to it’s location by using a small sticker or piece of tape. Place screws in a container for safe keeping. If these need cleaning, add water and a little orange cleaner to let them soak. Place all your hardware in a dishpan or other suitable sized container and cover with warm water and orange degreasing cleaner, following the label’s instructions as to the amount to use. Don’t place small pieces, such as knobs directly in the kitchen sink. If you have a disposal unit on your sink it’s easy for the smaller pieces to fall into it.
Reinstalling Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
After the kitchen cabinet hardware has soaked for about 15 to 20 minutes it’s time to scrub off the grime. This is where an old tooth brush can come in handy. It’s sturdy enough to remove the loosened dirt but won’t scratch your drawer pulls and knobs like steel wool or harsh abrasives might. It’s also great if your stainless cabinet knobs and handles have any detailing at all. Place all the clean pieces out on a towel and let dry or dry by hand, Pay special attention to the hinges to make certain they are completely dry.
Replace your kitchen cabinet hardware, attaching hinges to doors and then knobs or handles. Fasten the door to a frame using the top hinge first and then aligning the remaining screw holes. Add a drop of oil to the hinges. Use a brand that displaces moisture and uses sparingly. If you remember to clean your stainless cabinet hardware routinely right along with the rest of your kitchen, you’ll rarely have to remove it for a more thorough cleaning.