cleaning cabinets


Old 07-11-05, 06:16 AM
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cleaning cabinets

How do you get that sticky grease film off kitchen cabinets? Tryed 409 but didn't help too much.
Old 07-11-05, 04:58 PM
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Hi - Here's something from a cleaning website - Also - You may want to try Dawn dishwashing detergent if the 409 did not work, and use one of those green scrubbies and some elbow grease. Try it on a section that is not noticeable first, so that if it damages the finish, it will not be noticeable.

"Cleaning your cabinets can be a quick, easy task or it can take hours depending on how long itís been since the last time you cleaned them. The problem is that grease, food particles, smoke and anything else circulating through the air in our kitchen, will stick to our cabinets making them grimy. Since the main culprit is grease, youíll want to clean your cabinets with products that cut grease but donít create any additional buildup to make them feel gummy. Itís for this reason that mild dishwashing liquids make excellent cabinet cleaning products. A mild laundry detergent, especially one touted for cutting grease and oil, also works well for this task.

Dilute one part soap in two parts warm water and clean the cabinets using a sponge or green scrubbing pad. Donít use steel wool, scrub brushes or any other item that can scratch the wood. When cleaning cabinets, pay particular attention to the area around cabinet door handles and drawer pulls, these places tend to be the stickiest. In fact, removing cabinet hardware before cleaning will make it easier to clean around these areas.

You can also use an all-purpose household cleaner in the same manner. If you will be going this route, it would be in your best interest to read the label carefully to be sure it wonít ruin the finish. Even so, it would be a good idea to also test the product on a hidden area of one of the cabinets to be on the safe side. If youíll be using a harsher detergent or chemical, be sure to empty the cabinets first.

If youíre interested in a more natural remedy, you have several options. Vinegar, that wonderful all-purpose natural cleaner will clean and remove cabinet buildup. If the cabinets just need a regular cleaning, a solution of half vinegar and half water should do the trick. For more stubborn dirt and buildup, try straight vinegar. A paste made of baking soda and water makes a formidable scrub and helps remove a lot of the grime. Even club soda and lemon juice can be applied."

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Old 07-11-05, 05:42 PM
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As indicated, frequent wiping of cabinet surfaces with a clean, damp cloth and drying with a clean cloth keeps cabinet finish looking like new. Mild soap and water applied with a clean cloth can be used to remove oil, grease or other material from the surface. Always rinse soap residues with plain water and cloth and dry.

Do not wipe cabinets with a dishcloth, as it may contain soap, grease, and other soil that can have ill effects on finish. Do not use detergents, strong soap, abrasive cleaners or scrubbing pads, or self-polishing waxes. Keep finished surfaces dry.

Oil and soil around knobs and pulls can overtime cause finish to dull, soften, and become sticky. This damage is permanent to finish and requires refinishing.

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