How to Clean the Top of Cabinets That Are Sticky With Dust


The top of your kitchen cabinets can collect dust and dirt, as well as grease from stove exhaust. The cabinets are a commonly overlooked area of the kitchen when it comes to regular cleaning, which can cause the dust and grease to develop a sticky grime. This residue will not come off with regular dusting, but a good scrubbing with a non-toxic cleaner should do the job. Stand on a sturdy ladder or the counters while cleaning the top of the cabinets.

Things You'll Need

  • Whisk broom
  • Dust pan
  • Bucket
  • Non-toxic household cleaner
  • Scrub brush
  • Dry cloths
  • Sweep the top of the cabinets with a whisk broom. Collect all of the loose dust into a dust pan and discard it.

  • Fill a bucket with warm water. Add a non-toxic household cleaner rated for your cabinets' materials. For example, use an oil soap for wood cabinetry. Pour in the cleaner according to the package directions to mix it with the water.

  • Dip a scrub brush into the solution. Scrub the top of the cabinets, starting in one corner. Scrub a 2-foot section until the sticky residue is gone.

  • Wipe up the moisture with a clean, dry cloth. Scrub the next 2-foot section and wipe it dry once the sticky residue is removed.

  • Empty the bucket and rinse it out when the water begins to look dirty. Refill it with clean, warm water and cleaner. Continue scrubbing the cabinets in 2-foot sections then drying, as you go, until you've cleaned all of the cabinets.


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