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Video:How to Clean Wooden Cabinets

with Debbie Anderson

This video demonstrates how to clean wooden cabinets without damaging the wood. See how to clean wooden cabinets easily using these instructions.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Clean Wooden Cabinets

Hi. I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com.

Why It's Important to Clean Wooden Cabinets

The front finish of your wood kitchen cabinets can become caked in tough grease, dirt, and grime over time from cooking in the kitchen. So, today I'm going to show you how to clean that tough gunk buildup off of your finished wood kitchen cabinets in just a few easy steps!

Supplies for Cleaning Wooden Cabinets

To do this, you will need:
  • a clean sponge
  • liquid degreasing dish soap
  • an old toothbrush
  • and a soft cloth

Technique for Cleaning Wooden Cabinets

First, pour a small amount of liquid dish soap in the kitchen sink and fill the sink with a few inches of warm tap water.

Next, submerge a clean sponge in the warm sudsy water and then squeeze out any excess water in the sponge.

Gently wipe down the front surfaces of the kitchen cabinets with the warm sudsy water in the sponge to remove any built up grease, dirt, or grime on the the front of the kitchen cabinet doors. Rinse the sponge in the warm sudsy water as needed to remove any built up dirt on the sponge, and then continue wiping down the surfaces on the front of the wood kitchen cabinets. When wiping the cabinet door and cabinet openings, also take extra precaution to thoroughly wipe away any grease, dirt, or grime that has built up on the wooden frames of the wood kitchen cabinets!

Next, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub the grease, dirt, and grime build up in the corners of the face of the wood kitchen cabinet doors and any other small cracks or creases in the wood cabinet design, because dirt can build up in these small crevices and harbor germs you may not know about.

Once all of the tough dirt, grease and grime buildup has been removed, thoroughly rinse the sponge under warm clean running tap water, ring out any excess water from the sponge, and then gently wipe down all of the wood kitchen cabinet surfaces again.

Finally, use a soft cloth to gently wipe down the finished surface of the wood kitchen cabinets to remove any moisture that is still lingering to the wood kitchen cabinet surfaces.

Tip for Avoiding Future Buildup

Now remember to clean up any spills as soon as they happen and always clean the front of your wood kitchen cabinets on a weekly basis in order to avoid future buildup!

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