How To Deep Clean Cabinets

It’s sticky, it glistens, it’s spotty, the tips for deep cleaning your stained wood cabinets. If your cabinets are looking a little grimy, and just look like they could use a good bath I have some advice and how to bring them back to life without painting them.

How To Deep Clean Cabinets

Follow these steps and product tips to bring that shine back to your kitchen.

  • Start by taking all the door hardware off with your drill. You can keep the doors on the boxes if you like, meaning you do not have to remove the hinges.

  • Lay a drop cloth over the counter to keep the cleaning solutions off the surface.

  • Spray the door fronts and cabinet frames with a degreaser like Krudd Kutter.

  • Allow the cleaner to stay on the surface for at least 10 minutes and then wipe down the cabinets using a plastic scrubbing pad first followed up by a sponge. When things improve and you are happy with the results use a damp rag with warm water to wipe everything down.

If the above advice does not provide you with the results you are looking for, then try this trick which should work. The solution  below is a petroleum-based product so follow the instructions on the can fully before using and make sure you are in a well ventilated area.

  • Again, take all the hardware off and cover the counters.

  • Buy a container of Howard’s Restore A Finish, a package of #0000 steel wool, a gallon container to pour the solution into, rubber gloves, face mask and some safety glasses.

  • Dip a pad of the fine steel wool in the container of the solution and wring out but leave damp.

  • With the grain apply even soft pressure to the wood and remove the grease and dirt from the cabinet face. Once it feels smooth wipe that down with a clean cotton rag.


Published on 5/24/2021.
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