The first step is to clean the wood. You should clean it with a clean cloth or mop dipped in clean water. You can use soap for this purpose if needed. Even though sticky stains of different syrup are hard to remove, they clean easily if you clean them immediately. You should clean the entire cabinet with clean water to remove all dust and soil. Then clean the doors of your cabinets inside out with clean water colorless soap, dish soap works well. You should clean the entire cabinet with clean water to remove all dust and soil. Then dry it with a clean cloth or paper towel. There are many steps to clean kitchen cabinets.
Step 1: Empty them out
- You may opt to stagger cabinet cleaning rather than attempt it all in one day since you have to remove all necessary items like trays, saucepan and other crockery. and temporarily store the contents on countertops or elsewhere.
- Once cabinets are empty, peel off and discard past-its-prime shelf paper if necessary.
- Vacuum or wipe crumbs and dust from the shelves and drawers.
Step 2: Tackle the tops
- When cabinets aren’t ceiling height, those few inches atop the uppers can be a major mess magnet. Go at it on a sturdy step stool or ladder. If it’s just dust, deal with it using a long-handled duster or the small round brush attachment of a vacuum.
- Squirt the surface with straight white vinegar, sprinkle on some baking soda and give it several minutes of dwell time.
- Scrub with a sponge, then scrape with a firm straight edge, like an old credit card, wiping off the gunk with a rag or paper towels.
- Spray again lightly and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Step 3: Mix up a gentle cleaner
The goal is to clean, not damage, your cabinets.
- A few squirts of mild dish soap in hot water is a safe and effective formula to use on painted and finished wood (as well as metal, laminate, and vinyl). It will purge dirt, smudges, and moderate grease buildup; to give the solution to sanitizing oomph, add some white vinegar, which has antibacterial properties.
- To use: Mix in a spray bottle, but apply onto a microfiber cloth or sponge rather than directly on the cabinet surface, as it’s best to avoid saturating the wood.
Step 4: Clean high to low
- Start with the uppers and work your way down. Do interiors first: the back wall, then the sides, then the shelves and drawers. Give extra attention to corners, spritzing cleaning solution on a toothbrush, and scrubbing gently if necessary.
- Follow with a cloth/sponge lightly moistened with plain water to remove any soap residue. Wipe dry completely after rinsing, then close the cabinets.
- Clean the sides of the boxes and do the doors/drawer fronts last.
Step 5: Go at the grease
A mild abrasive paste of one-part baking soda to two-parts water is a natural, cost-effective weapon against sticky, yellowish grease buildup that could do the trick.
- Apply to stuck-on grease, let it penetrate for several minutes, then scrub gently (no scraping!) with a soft-bristled brush.
- Rinse with a moist rag, sponge, or microfiber cloth, then dry.
If opting to tackle grease with a commercial product, spot test first on an inconspicuous area. Be especially cautious with magic erasers; these blocks of non-toxic melamine foam have the texture of super-fine sandpaper that can damage varnished wood and glossy paint finishes.