How to Clean Stained-Wood Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen cabinets can accumulate grease and other food particles over time.
Kitchen cabinets can accumulate grease and other food particles over time. (Image: kitchen image by yong hong from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Between grease spatters and unclean hands reaching for one last tucked away ingredient, your kitchen cabinets can begin to look dull over time. Both an aesthetic problem and a sanitary one, it’s important to clean your cabinets regularly to remove the buildup of food and grease that can accumulate on them. Use a safe method that won’t harm the surface of stained wood kitchen cabinets to restore their shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Grease cutting dish soap
  • Soft clean cloths
  • Wood polish

Mix 2 tbsp. of a grease cutting dish soap into 2 cups of warm water.

Dip a soft clean cloth into the solution and wring it out well.

Scrub the cabinets in the direction of the grain to clean away grease and grime.

Dampen a soft clean cloth with warm water and wring it out.

Wipe the cabinets with the clean damp cloth to rinse them so as not to leave behind any soap residue.

Dry the cabinets with a soft clean dry cloth to remove excess moisture.

Polish the cabinets with a wood polish per the manufacturer's instructions once they are completely dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • For tough grease spots, dip a dampened cloth into some baking soda and scrub the affected area until the grease is gone. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that won’t scratch your cabinets.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasives as well as any product that contains alcohol as these may damage the wood.

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