Sorry I’ve been missing in action the last couple of weeks. Turns out that moving over the Holidays was not the greatest idea since most companies take long breaks. I thought I would be without the internet for a few days tops, and it ended up being thirteen days!!! That is the longest stretch that I have ever not been able to work…heck, I usually crank out a post within a week of having a baby so it was really a test of patience for me. Enough of that particular first world problem, let’s get to this awesome cleaning/DIY tip that I have to share with you all today.
When I was getting my house ready to put on the market I was doing the typical moving-out deep cleaning and was really upset by how banged up my dark kitchen cupboards were looking…Yikes, they were bad! They only looked a little used when we moved in, but my little stinkers and I were definitely rough on them and they needed help BADLY. I needed to figure out how to refresh dark wood and in a hurry. I was at a loss as to what to do about it too, which I think is the worst part about having that kind of problem… Not knowing a good solution I mean. I knew that those touch up markers wouldn’t do too much and that I didn’t have the time or the resources to sand down and refinish the cupboards, or replace them altogether…the house is only three or four years old, so that would be silly and very costly to put in a new kitchen.
Luckily, for all of us, I found a simple solution! I think that the best part about it is that taking this route both cleans AND refreshes the wood at the same time… which is a major time-saver. That would not be fun to clean the wood, do what needed to be done to fix the wood, and then clean it again.
Before I show you my “tutorial”, I want to show you how well this worked in three different places in my kitchen. Just remember that I told you that my kitchen was pretty banged up…which is one of the only things that I didn’t like about having such dark wood cupboards they show every little ding and even though I wiped down the lower cupboards just about weekly, they still looked dreadful. Also, I guess I need to stop cleaning so hard because half of what needed refreshing was from me bumping the vacuum too hard into the cabinets and from pushing too hard with a magic eraser…too much elbow grease is not always a good thing I guess. Here are some before and afters.
It’s pretty crazy how drastic of a difference it is, huh? Next, on the center island you see the cloudy parts that look like big smudges…those are the parts that I got a little carried away with a magic eraser on… yeah, I know I need to take a chill pill on the cleaning.
But this miracle cure took care of it, hiding those cloudy patches, pretty well if you ask me.
Next we see the part of the cabinetry that looks bad because of the garbage can continually banging into it… the only part I didn’t do a good enough job on was the bottom where vacuum had scuffed it and I didn’t notice it until I was looking at the pictures…oops. Oh well, it still looks considerably better than before.
Luckily, one day when I was looking at all the cleaning products at Wal-Mart, trying to figure out how to solve my cabinetry dilemma, I came across Old English Scratch Cover For Dark Woods, besides Wal-Mart, you can also add it to your Amazon shopping cart here.
I have always really liked the regular Old English wood cleaner/conditioner, so I just knew I had to give it a shot and see how well it worked…and as you have already seen, it does a pretty good job!
Now for some tips on how I think you will get the best results:
To start, you will need gloves, two rags, and possibly some thick painters tape…if you need to reach any hard to reach spots that is.
Use the first rag as your cleaning rag. This is the one that you will pour the product into and then rub/massage it all over the wood. I like to work in sections and then let it sit for a bit before I use the second rag to wipe/buff away any excess. That is really all you have to do. Can you believe that it is that easy?
I recommend using old rags that you aren’t going to be heartbroken about throwing away when you are done because it is really hard to wash it out of them. Also, make sure to saturate the rag pretty well and directly wipe, with the wettest part of the rag, all of the knicks and dings in the wood. I like to take care of all of those first so that it soaks in there really well. Oh, I did mention that you might want to use some thick painters tape and that should only be necessary if you need to clean right next to the edge of the cabinet by the wall or on the floor…this stuff will get all over those surfaces so make sure to take the precaution of using tape so that you’re not cursing later. It does such a good job cleaning the cupboards too! If you have both kids and dark cabinetry you already know how much finger prints and smudges show up, but they are no match for the Old English Scratch Cover.
Anyway, that’s really all that I have for you all today. It’s so simple and works so well. Before I found this stuff I was pretty sure that I would never EVER intentionally put dark cupboards in a kitchen, but now that I know about this AMAZING PRODUCT I don’t think that I would even bat an eye at the thought… they’re so simple to upkeep now that I know how. What do you all think? Don’t they look great? And to think it was such an inexpensive and quick fix. Just remember to make sure that you share this post with anyone that needs a solution to the same problem! Thanks and I’ll be posting again really soon. ~Sarah
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