How to Clean Wood Cabinets

file8081285547667Out of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen probably gets used the most. But all that cooking means that everything can quickly become coated in a layer of grease. And we all know grease has a way of attracting all kinds of dirt and grime, which means your wood cabinets can be looking a little dull.

Before you try any of these cleaning methods, make sure you test it out in a small, inconspicuous area of your cabinet and leave it alone for a few hours to make sure that it won’t cause damage. And remember to use as little water as possible! Over-wetting your cabinets can ruin their finish and cause the wood to warp in the future.

A Detergent and Water Solution

You can use laundry detergent or a gentle but powerful grease fighting dish detergent. Use a 2:1 ratio of warm water to detergent. So for every 1 cup of detergent you use, you’ll want to add 2 cups warm water.

Dampen a soft, clean cloth or sponge with your solution. You want to use as little water as possible so that the wood doesn’t warp. Gently scrub the surface of your cabinets. Don’t press too hard, you don’t want to scratch or remove the finish. And definitely don’t use the scrubby side of the sponge. Lightly dampen another clean cloth with fresh water and wipe down the cabinets to rinse off the residue.

Vinegar and Water Will Also Work

If you have an especially sticky film on your cabinets, dilute some vinegar with water (using the same 2:1 ratio) and gently wash using a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth. Once you’ve gotten rid of the stick, lightly dampen a second clean cloth with fresh water and wipe down the cabinets to remove the residue, making sure to use as little water as possible.

Baking Soda and Water for Stuck On Stuff

For tougher stains and caked on gook, create a paste using baking soda and water. Put a small amount of the paste on a soft, clean, slightly damp sponge and spot clean the especially difficult areas. Once you’ve gotten the gunk off, lightly dampen a clean cloth and wipe down the cabinets to remove any residue.

Polish to Restore Shine

If you want to give your cabinets a little extra shine, put a few drops of lemon oil on a clean cloth and work the oil into the wood by following the grain. If your cabinets are laminated wood, skip this step entirely, you’re done! And just keep in mind that if you want to revarnish your wood in the future, this treatment may pose a bit of a challenge.

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