How to Clean & Wax Kitchen Cabinets

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If your kitchen cabinets don’t shine like they used to, there’s good reason. Daily use in a kitchen--one of the dirtiest rooms in the house--exposes your kitchen cabinets to a wealth of grit and grime. Top that off with the fact that people rarely clean their kitchen cabinets as part of a cleaning routine, and you’ll soon notice that your cabinets need attention. You can clean and wax kitchen cabinets to remove the filth and bring back their original shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Soap
  • Hot water
  • Rag
  • Cotton ball
  • Cotton swab
  • Distilled water
  • Paper towel
  • Paste wax
  • Paintbrush

Use a soft cloth to wipe away any loose particles of dirt and cobwebs.

Scrub your cabinets with soap and water. Be careful not to apply too much water to your kitchen cabinets because it could cause them to warp.

Clean kitchen cupboards with inside carvings or crevices that are too small for your fingertips to reach, use a cotton ball or a cotton swab.

Dip a cotton ball in distilled water, and then wipe down the surface of your kitchen cabinets to remove any soap residue. Blot any excess water with a paper towel.

Brush a wooden furniture paste wax onto your kitchen cabinets using a paintbrush. Always brush in the same direction as the grain of the wood.

Allow the paste wax to dry for about 15 minutes.

Buff your waxed surface by running a clean cloth over the waxy surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wax should only be applied about once a year to prevent build up.

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