How to Clean Cherry Cabinets

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Things You'll Need

  • Murphy's Oil Soap or Guardsman Cleaner

  • Soft rag

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The rich color of cherry wood deepens with age, but if cherry cabinets aren't properly cleaned, the wood becomes cloudy or streaked. These problems are very difficult to fix.
When you buy cherry cabinets for your home, you're making an investment. They should receive proper care to ensure that you're able to enjoy them for a lifetime.

Step 1

Use Murphy's Oil Soap. Choose between the Original Formula, Spray or Murphy's Oil Soap Wipes. Each of these products has its own set of directions. The Murphy's Oil Soap Original Formula directs users to pour a quarter cup of Murphy's into a gallon of water, rub cabinets down with the mixture using a sponge, and wipe dry with a clean, dry soft cloth.

Step 2

Try Guardsmen Furniture Polish Cream. One way to use this product is to dilute it (4:1 water to product), spray it on the cabinets and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. Guardsmen carries a full line of products for wood furniture care, including a variety of soft cloths for cleaning. Guardsmen products are recommended by Amish furniture makers.

Step 3

Hide scratches on your cherry cabinets by wiping the scratched area clean with one of the above products. Dip a Q-tip in some iodine, and coat the scratch with it. Quickly wipe the excess iodine off.


Never use furniture wax or any kind of silicone products on your cherry cabinets. These products do not wipe off completely and will build up over time and cause cloudiness and discoloration.
Wipe up spills immediately, and do not use detergents, ammonia or vinegar on cherry wood. Don't use coarse cloth, paper towels or any kind of abrasive materials, such as scouring pads, to clean your cabinets. Don't clean with mineral spirits or any type of solvent. For everyday dusting, a microfiber cloth works very well. These can be found at home improvement stores, hardware stores and even grocery stores.


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Ingrid Hansen

Ingrid Hansen has been published in "Twin Cities Business" magazine, the "Murphy Reporter," "Twin Cities Parent" magazine and the "Southwest Journal" newspaper. She has also written more than 30 non-fiction books for the K-12 library and education market, and has been a subject matter expert and a course designer for online college curriculum. She teaches English Composition at a local college, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Hamline University.