Cleaning and Replacing Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

Do your kitchen cabinet knobs need a cleaning? The heat, moisture and grease in your kitchen can quickly take a toll on your decorative knobs. A quick and easy cleaning, and replacement of broken or damaged knobs, can bring your kitchen back to life.

If you have hesitated to clean your kitchen cabinet knobs because you were not sure how to go about it without damaging the knobs, don't wait any longer.

Removing the knobs and cleaning them is a snap if you know how. All you need is a screwdriver, a bucket, mild soap and a soft brush – and of course a little time and elbow grease. So don't ignore your kitchen cabinet knobs any longer. They can look great today.

The first thing you will need to do is to use a screwdriver to remove all of your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Don't clean your knobs on your wooden cabinets. The cleaner, polish or scrubbing motion may damage them. Always remove your kitchen cabinet knobs and drawer pulls before cleaning. Once removed, follow these steps:

  • Soak the knobs in a soapy warm water solution for 30 minutes or more
  • Scrub each knob lightly with a soft brush then rinse
  • Let knobs dry completely
  • Apply the proper polish

You may find that one or two of your knobs are worn or broken. If so, then see about buying replacements. It is a good idea to take one knob with you when you go shopping. However, if your cabinet door hardware is older, you may find it difficult to find an exact match. If you can't find a match, you may want to consider replacing your kitchen cabinet knobs. If you are buying new, still take one of your existing knobs with you to make sure the new hardware will fit your cabinets properly.

Kitchen Cabinets

There are a limitless number of decorative styles of knobs and pulls available. There are also a variety of colors, metals and finishes:

  • Antique copper
  • Polished chrome
  • Polished, sterling, or antique brass
  • Nickel
  • Aged bronze
  • Ceramics
  • Iron

It is important to think about the style of your kitchen when choosing the finish for your knobs. If your kitchen is traditional, brushed finishes, polished brass, nickel or pewter will complement your décor nicely. However, if you have a more contemporary décor, finishes with an enameled or high gloss-metal shine or theme hardware will do the trick. On the other hand, it is your kitchen and it should reflect your personality. So have fun with your knobs and choose your favorites.

Whether you are just cleaning your existing knobs or buying new, you are sure to be happy with the overall look of the kitchen. Your kitchen cabinet knobs one of the first things people notice about your kitchen make sure they are a stylish reflection on you.


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