Windex made cherry cabinets cloudy


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Old 10-22-15, 01:12 PM
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Windex made cherry cabinets cloudy

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The other day, my wife was cleaning the glass on our kitchen cabinets made out of cherry wood, and some of the windex dripped down on the wood. It has made that area where it came in contact with the wood very cloudy. How can this be fixed?? my wife is very upset and she thinks she ruined the cabinets. Thanks
 
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I'd be willing to wipe a little mineral spirits on those areas to see if that would help.

In the future, make sure she sprays her rag and not the glass to minimize drips - this is the proper way to clean mirrors, TV screens and print/picture frame glass where drips can drop down and work their way behind the glass and cause all kinds of havoc.
 
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Mineral spirits was my first thought also. Do you know what type of finish is on the cabinet?
 
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Hey Guys, I'm the OP, I was having problems logging on via FB, so i created an account. I look to be on this awesome forum for a very long time.

I know,she feels horrible, it was a first home owner mistake. I think we will stay far away from windex with wood. We will try mineral spirits!!!

I'm sorry but I have no idea what type of wood it is, besides it being cherry wood on the cabinets (it was a used home, and the only info given was that it is cherry). It must have some type of finish on it since windex made it look as if there is a cloudy film on there.

I will report back with my findings! I'll do a spot test with a q-tip saturated with mineral spirits
 
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I just bought Gamblin gamsol mineral sprints from amazon, I'll get it Monday and let you guys know how it goes...I have no idea which mineral sprints to get, as there seems to be a few types out there, so hopefully I got the right one.
 
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I don't think there's much difference among mineral spirits for your purposes. I think what you are dealing with is water stains and there are dozens of home remedies for dealing with this, I haven't tried any of them but the Vaseline fix seems like a safe place to start. If you google "removing water stains from furniture", you will get a ton of information.
 
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I've never seen a difference with how I use it - mineral spirits is mineral spirits.
 

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I just bought Gamblin gamsol mineral sprints from amazon,
Any hardware store, lumber yard, Home Depot, paint store or Wallmart would have had it. No need to pay to have it shipped.
 
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As a Broker, I've sold some houses that had Cherry Cabinets and no finish except Linseed Oil . . . . which would probably cloud up. The people who owned these usually new oil frequently; and I don't think they were populated with a lot of careless children.

The OP could consult the prior Owner and ask how they maintained the cabinets to make sure.
 
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Followup: The mineral spirits did nothing. FYI, I did attempt to scrub the wood with the mineral spirits. I am attaching pictures of what happened when the windex accidentally came into contact with the cherry wood cabinets. One pic with flash, without flash, and then an unaffected cabinet pic.Name:  IMG_5453.jpg
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Since I have amazon prime, it is usually more convenient to get it for the same price or cheaper than the stores.

What are your thoughts? Any suggestions as to what else to try? Thanks.
 
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Not sure what to tell you I'd progressively try hotter solvents [I always have an assortment on hand] and see how that does. If all else fails, I'd sand and apply fresh poly.
 
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Total random guess try mineral oil. Test in a hidden area first.
 
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Thanks. Can you suggest a next step hotter solvent? At this point, I hate windex...my wife feels horrible.
 
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Do you have any idea what finish is actually on the wood?
 
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Thanks, I'll get some mineral oil soon. Unfortunately, I don't know what type of finish is on the wood.
 
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Mineral oil isn't going to hurt, I'd be willing to try that next.
 
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Originally Posted by CPMD79
Unfortunately, I don't know what type of finish is on the wood.
As I suggested yesterday, you could consult the prior Owner . . . . or are they no longer among the living?
 
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prior owner owned the home less than 1 year, has been not too informed regarding other systems of the home, as well as unresponsive via realtor...so that channel is out.
 
 

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