Never use multi-surface sprays, vinegar, citrus juice, chemical products containing ammonia, bleach, erasing sponges, or any other questionable cleaners or products on wood cabinets or any other wood surfaces. They can remove and permanently damage the finish. Play it safe and read all product label instructions before attempting to remove grease build-up on cabinets. Take the time to remove grease build-up properly and kitchen cabinets will turn out clean and look as good as new.
Remove Build-Up with Oil Soap and Elbow Grease
Oil soap is a fantastic cleaner, and it will safely remove grease build-up on kitchen cabinets. According to the Murphy's Oil Soap label, it will safely clean wood and laminate surfaces. However, it should not be used on unfinished or unsealed wood. The instructions say to dilute one-quarter cup in one gallon of warm water. After cleaning, a dry rag should be used to soak up any excess moisture, but rinsing is not required. It leaves behind nothing more than a clean fresh scent, and it will remove all traces of grease build-up. I would not use any other cleaner to remove grease build-up on wood surfaces in my kitchen. Best of all it is a reasonably priced cleaner that goes a long way. One pint was $1.50 at Dollar General, and at one-quarter cup per gallon of water, it will go a long way to remove grease build-up on kitchen cabinets and other wood furnishings.
Follow up with Citrus Oil and a Microfiber Cloth
After cleaning away the grease build-up on kitchen cabinets, it is a good idea to go over wood surfaces with natural citrus oil and a microfiber cloth. Natural orange is my citrus oil of choice. The smell is fresh and clean, and it does a fantastic job of protecting wood surfaces, especially in the kitchen. Simply apply a small amount of orange oil to a clean dry microfiber cloth, and rub it over wood kitchen cabinets that have been properly cleaned and dried. The natural oil will protect the sealed wood surfaces, and they will smell great for weeks on end".
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