How to Remove Grease from a Painted Kitchen Cabinet

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Things You'll Need

  • Water

  • Sponge

  • Dishwashing gloves

  • Citrus-based cleaner

  • Towel

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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.


Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Remove the sponge from the microwave.

Step 4

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.


Step 5

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.

Step 6

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


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