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How to clean greasy sticky kitchen cabinets using furniture cleaner and orange oil. A reader asked how to clean the kitchen cabinets in a house they had recently purchased and she didn't want to paint the cabinets.



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Clean greasy, sticky kitchen cabinets

question: I would like to know how to clean greasy, sticky kitchen cabinets. It is a 20 year old home I have just purchased and I don't want to paint the cabinets.

How can I get the sticky stuff off without removing the finish and stain? If I do remove the finish and stain, can I reply them? Thank you for any assistance you can provide me.


Use furniture cleaner

Reply: Hi Nancy. A quick and easy method is with furniture cleaner. Take a look at our catalog page Clean and wax The Furniture Cleaner works good for heavy duty cleaning and shouldn't harm the original finish or paint. Sometimes the finish or paint will soften after sitting for years with grease on them and some may come off, but not usually. If it feels soft, but nothing comes off let it sit for a couple of days and it should harden up again.

Use orange oil after the furniture cleaner

The Orange Oil shown at the above link would be good for a follow-up cleaning after the furniture cleaner to pick up anything remaining and for a quick weekly cleaning and it gives everything a nice orangy smell.

Use 0000 steel wool

Scrubbing with the cleaner and 0000 steel wool will make the job easier and the 0000 steel wool is so fine that it's used for polishing, so shouldn't harm the old finish.

Be safe, use a metal covered container for disposal

Dispose of paper towels or rags that you use for cleaning in a metal covered container, because the furniture cleaner contains mineral spirits and a pile of yucky rags can catch fire from spontaneous combustion.

If some of the finish comes off and the stain looks ok you can recoat with more clear finish, see our catalog page Clear Finishes The polyacrylic is a good finish for kitchen cabinets. If you plan to use it it's best to test a small out of the way area to be sure that it's compatible with your old finish.

As a last resort refinish your cabinets

If too much finish and stain comes off you'll need to refinish your cabinets. In that case type kitchen cabinets in the search feature on our site and it'll give you 156 results linked to information about kitchen cabinets.

The last two paragraphs are for "just in case", usually only the bad stuff comes off.

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