How to Clean Thermofoil Cabinets

Thermofoil is a type of laminate made from 100 percent vinyl that is molded to fit precut fiberboard and other materials to make cabinetry and other items. Many people choose thermofoil cabinets as a less expensive alternative to natural wood or painted cabinets. Thermofoil cleaning and maintenance usually requires little beyond regular dusting, spill and splatter control and surface washing. Proper cleaning removes oily or sticky residue that can build up over time and result in vinyl wear, tearing or discoloration.

Step 1

Wipe thermofoil cabinets weekly to remove dust, or as spills or splatters occur, with a clean, damp sponge or soft, lint-free microfiber cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.

Step 2

Wash the cabinets with a sponge or cloth and non-abrasive surface cleaner approved for use on vinyl at least once a month or as needed to maintain the surface and remove dirt, oil, grease, sticky substances or stains. When washing the surface, rub dirty or stained areas using a circular motion to dislodge any material clinging to it.

Step 3

Rinse thermofoil cabinetry to remove dirty residue with another clean, damp sponge or cloth.

Step 4

Dry your cabinets with clean microfiber cloths.

Irene A. Blake

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.