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