How to Clean Wooden Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets often seem to be magnets for sticky buildup from cooking grease and dirty fingers, all of which can ruin the appearance of your wooden cabinets. Keeping your cabinets clean and shiny requires routine maintenance. Here are a few pointers on how to keep those cabinets looking their best.

Step 1

Use a mild dish detergent or a laundry detergent that is designed to cut grease. Dilute the detergent to a strength of two parts warm/hot water and one part detergent. Apply the detergent mix with a clean sponge or cloth. Gently scrub the cabinets using soft-bristled brush or a scrubby designed for non-stick cookware, and be careful not to remove the wood's finish. Rinse the cabinets well, as soap residue can create a sticky film and leave your cabinets gummy to the touch.

Step 2

Try vinegar and water to remove a sticky film from your cabinet doors. Use a soft cloth or sponge and pay special attention to areas around hinges, knobs and drawer pulls. Rinse the cabinets with plain water to avoid leaving a residue.

Step 3

Mix a paste of baking soda and water and apply to sticky areas where dirt and grime has built-up. Scrub with a soft brush or a sponge to remove the grime, and rinse thoroughly.

Step 4

Avoid using harsh chemicals on your cabinets, as this may remove the protective finish from your cabinets and leave them in worse condition that before you started. If you must use a stronger all-purpose cleaner to remove built-up grease and grime, always test it on an area where it will not be seen to determine if the cleaner is safe to use.

Step 5

Wipe down cabinets on a daily or bi-weekly basis with diluted dish detergent to prevent the buildup of ordinary grease and grime caused by cooking. Murphy's oil soap is mild enough to use regularly on your cabinets. Not only will it clean the surface, it will leave your home smelling fresh, too.

Step 6

Apply a coat of wax designed for the finish on your cabinets once they are clean and dry. This will repel dirt and make routine cleaning easier.