How to Clean Formica Kitchen Cabinets

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Things You'll Need

  • Mild dish soap

  • Cloth or sponge

  • Towel

  • Glass cleaner (optional)

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.


Step 1

Fill the sink with warm water and add 1 or 2 tsp. of dish soap.

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Step 2

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

Step 3

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.


Step 4

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

Step 5

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.


Do not use any harsh cleaners or abrasives on Formica cabinets.


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