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How to Clean Sticky Wood Kitchen Cabinets

How to Clean Sticky Wood Kitchen Cabinets


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Wooden kitchen cabinets are so popular in kitchens, but what isn’t as popular is the correct ways to keep them clean. In this blog, we’ll give you all the necessary supplies and different methods you can try to remove grease, sticky residue, or dirt off of your wooden kitchen cabinetry. Depending on the finish you have on your kitchen cabinetry, you’ll want to use the method that’s most appropriate for you. Make sure you read each method carefully, and decide which method best fits your type of cabinetry. Here's how to clean sticky wood kitchen cabinets. 

 Necessary Supplies:

  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Soap 
  • White Vinegar
  • A Old Soft Bristle Toothbrush
  • 2 Microfiber Cloths or Sponges
  • 1 Dry Cloth
  • Large Bowl
  • Linseed Oil
  • Spray Bottle

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Dish soap is a great wood cabinet cleaner! It’s strong, yet gentle on wood, so it works great with removing grease without affecting the finish. It’s important to use only a small amount of vinegar with this method, because vinegar is quite acidic which can cause serious harm to your cabinetry. The combination of these two cleaners will ensure the healthiest clean for your kitchen.

How to Clean Off Grease/Dirt on Wooden Cabinets

  1. Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm or hot water.
  2. Take your soft cloth or sponge and dip it into your soapy water mixture, and wring out the excess water.
  3. Use a little pressure, and wipe down all your cabinetry and handles. 
  4. Dip your toothbrush into the same mixture, and add a small amount of baking soda to the brush. This will create a light paste allowing you to get into all the cracks and crevices in the cabinetry. 
  5. Mix a small amount of vinegar and water and dampen a clean cloth and wipe down the soapy water off your cabinetry. 

If this method doesn’t work for you, and you need a bit more elbow grease to get rid of the stickiness on your wood cabinets, follow this next trick!

Using Baking Soda to Get Rid of Sticky Stains on Wooden Cabinets

  1. Like the last method, mix a bit of baking soda and water to create a paste. You’ll want it to be thick, not runny. 
  2. Use your toothbrush and paste, and scrub the stain for a few minutes in a circular motion. DO NOT brush aggressively, this may cause scratches or damage to your cabinetry. 
  3. Let the paste sit for a few minutes.
  4. Give it one last gentle scrub, and wipe away the stain with a clean damp cloth or sponge.
  5. Add a tad of linseed oil to a dry clean cloth, and gently apply to your cabinets to re-moisturize them. 

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You’ll never want to use any abrasive wood cleaners or steel wool on your wooden cabinetry, this will only cause scratches and potentially removal of the finish. You should also avoid using too much water when cleaning, as this could cause long-term damage or rotting. 

Learning how to clean kitchen cabinets is necessary, and knowing which cleaning solutions to use can determine the longevity of your kitchen. We always recommend using a natural wooden kitchen cabinet cleaner, however if these methods didn’t quite do the job there are commercial cleaners you can try!

Two popular commercial cleaners you can try are Murphy’s Oil Soap, or Weiman Wood Cleaner. Both these brands are very good, and one of our manufacturers ZLINE Kitchen and Bath, actually recommends using Murphy’s to clean their Designer Wooden Range Hoods. Shop ZLINE Wooden Range Hoods here!

We hope we were able to provide you with all the necessary information to keep your kitchen cabinets clean! Don’t forget to follow us on social media for special offers and resources to help you throughout your renovation journey.



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