How to Remove Grease from a Painted Kitchen Cabinet

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Grease builds up on painted kitchen cabinets more than in any other room, as both dirty hands and cooking contribute to depositing grease. Harsh, grease-cutting cleaners work well to clean grease from heavily lacquered cabinets, but painted cabinets need a gentler touch. You can remove grease from painted kitchen cabinets by following a simple technique that doesn't use harsh chemicals.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Dishwashing gloves
  • Citrus-based cleaner
  • Towel

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Wet a sponge and place it in the microwave. Heat the sponge for 30 to 40 seconds.

Put on a pair of dishwashing gloves to protect your hands from the heated sponge.

Remove the sponge from the microwave.

Spray a citrus-based cleaner lightly on the grease. Do not apply too much cleaner, as too much moisture can cause the paint to bubble.

Wipe the cabinet with the hot sponge. Continue to wipe the cabinets until you've removed all of the grease and the cabinet feels smooth.

Dry the painted kitchen cabinet with a clean towel to remove any residual moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spot clean cabinets as needed with water and a mild detergent to keep grease buildup to a minimum.


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