How to Clean & Wax Kitchen Cabinets

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth

  • Soap

  • Hot water

  • Rag

  • Cotton ball

  • Cotton swab

  • Distilled water

  • Paper towel

  • Paste wax

  • Paintbrush

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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.


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Step 1

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

Step 2

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.


Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.


Step 5

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.

Step 6

Allow the paste wax to dry for about 15 minutes.

Step 7

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


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