How to Clean Sticky Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Over time, your kitchen cabinets doors may develop a greasy, sticky build-up composed of kitchen grease, dust, airborne food particles and skin oil. Kitchen cabinet doors may be made with a range of materials, but most have enough of a protective coating to be able to withstand a strong cleaning solution. The two main types of cabinets require different cleaning methods.

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The sticky buildup on kitchen cabinet doors is a combination of grease, dust, food particles and skin oil.

Nonwood Cabinets Doors

Step 1

Put on rubber cleaning gloves. Mix the heavy-duty alkaline cleaning agent according to the directions on the container. Alkaline cleaners are available for purchase at janitorial supply stores.

Step 2

Apply the solution to the cabinet doors with a sponge. Allow the alkaline cleaning agent to sit on the cabinet doors for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 3

Scrub any areas with a large amount of buildup with the nylon-backed sponge, applying more cleaning solution when needed. Remove the grease and grime from the sponge by squeezing it into a sink before putting it back into the cleaning solution.

Step 4

Use a damp cloth to remove the cleaning agent and rinse the cabinet doors. Dry with a terry cleaning cloth to remove any small traces of sticky residue left over.

Wood Cabinets

Step 1

Put on rubber cleaning gloves and clean around handles and other sticky buildup areas with a sponge and dish washing detergent. Pay special attention to corners where dirt and grime can settle.

Step 2

Wipe an oil soap solution over the larger areas of the cabinet doors with a clean sponge. Oil soap is safe for cleaning wood surfaces and should not harm the finish of the cabinets as long as it is applied gently.

Step 3

Dry the cabinet door surface quickly with a terry cleaning cloth to avoid moisture damage. Always wipe dry with the grain of the wood, not against or across, to prevent scuffing or damage to the finish.

Step 4

Apply a spray-on furniture polish once a year to fill in pores in the wood and make regular cleaning easier.