How to Clean Formica Kitchen Cabinets


Formica plastic laminate is commonly used to cover kitchen surfaces such as cabinets. Formica is available in a number of styles and finishes, such as matte, high-gloss and metallic. Kitchen cabinets laminated with Formica are sensitive to heat, abrasives and harsh cleaners, all of which can damage the finish. Clean Formica kitchen cabinets with a mild household detergent to remove dirt, grease and food residue.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild dish soap
  • Cloth or sponge
  • Towel
  • Glass cleaner (optional)
  • Fill the sink with warm water and add 1 or 2 tsp. of dish soap.

  • Dip a soft cloth or sponge in the soapy water, and wring it out.

  • Wipe the Formica cabinets with the damp cloth, working on one cabinet at a time. Dip the cloth or sponge in the sink, and wring it out as it gets dirty.

  • Rinse the sponge or cloth with clean water, and wring it out. Wipe over the Formica surface to remove any soap residue.

  • Dry the cabinets with a lint-free towel. If additional cleaning is necessary, spray the cabinets with glass cleaner and wipe with a dry cloth.

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