Sunday, February 16, 2014

How to Prevent and Remove Greasy Build-Up on Cabinets

If you cook in your kitchen it is almost inevitable that you will get some greasy build-up on your beautiful cabinets. If you have natural wood grain cabinets, greasy buildup can dull down the natural beauty, and with painted cabinets it gives them a nasty looking tint. But you can fight back. By following a few simple steps, you can clean the build-up that already exists and start to prevent it from building up again in the future.

Not as enjoyable as the musical

Even if you’re the type of person who cleans on a regular basis you are still likely affected by greasy cabinets. When you cook on a range, you focus on the task at hand, and without a doubt, grease will escape from the cooking area and end up on the cabinets nearby.

Obviously, the cabinets most likely to be affected are the ones below, beside and above your cooking area, but you probably didn’t think about cabinets near the sink. They can also get a greasy buildup as grime escapes during cleanup.

Remove the build-up

Try to avoid cleaners with heavy chemicals when wiping down the kitchen. It is where you prepare your food after all. You can also get them clean using a few household items and a little elbow grease by following these steps:
  1. Mix 2 quarts of warm water and 2 tablespoons of dish soap in your sink or a bucket (add ½ a cup of white vinegar for really greasy cabinets)
  2. Dip a clean rag in the solution, wring most of the liquid out, and wipe your cabinets until the greasy residue has lifted
  3. Dip a second clean rag into warm water and wipe the clean cabinets to remove any residual cleaning solution
  4. Finish by wiping the cabinets dry with a third clean rag
Prevention

Grease is a slippery foe, and keeping it off of your cabinets is hard work. This hard work is made slightly more manageable if you purchase cabinets finished with a catalyzed conversion varnish top coat. This is the most durable finish available for wood. It will resist moisture as well as damage from many household chemicals. While this finish will not prevent grease build-up, it will at least ensure that the grease does not penetrate the wood and permanently stain your cabinets.

Upping the power of your kitchen ventilation system is another step to cutting down on grease. Having an exhaust fan – especially an overhead model – that has a high cubic-feet-per-minute rating will send more of the grease outside than onto your cabinets.

Greasy build-up is one of the quickest ways to limit the luster of your kitchen cabinets, but by staying vigilant and cleaning them on a somewhat regular basis, you can keep your kitchen looking fresh and clean. To see cabinet grease removal in action, check out our short video in the Cabinet Care Directory.

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