How to Get Rid of Cabinet Stains

Stains set in place are the worst thing that can happen to the aesthetic of kitchen cabinets. Perhaps you were preoccupied and forgot about the oil leak for a while, or maybe you didn’t even notice the trickle of pasta sauce until a considerable amount of time had passed after it had occurred.

In either case, you need to remove those stains since you will soon have guests over, and you do not want your kitchen to be embarrassing. Thankfully, there are a variety of methods that you can use to clean your kitchen cabinets and restore their brilliance.

Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning Tips

How to Remove Stains on Kitchen Cabinets

Hellamaid provides cleaning tips for you to easily remove stains on your kitchen cabinet, whether it is white painted, wood, or plastic laminate. Continue reading to learn how.

White Painted Kitchen Cabinet

Cabinets in your kitchen that are white could do a lot for the room. They can make a room appear more open and spacious, as well as brighter and airier than it actually is. But, white kitchen cabinets sometimes become yellowish with time either because of the paint type used or because of the grease produced in the kitchen. You don’t have to be scared of the color white. Regardless of what color they are, cabinets in the kitchen need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Therefore you should make your selection based on what would work best in the available area in your kitchen.

White painted kitchen cabinet

Routine Cleaning 

The smoke and grease that are created when cooking can be damaging to your cabinetry. Take the time to give your kitchen cabinets a quick once-over before you get started on the more in-depth cleaning they require. Include it as part of the standard cleaning process you follow in the kitchen so that you will not be concerned about the more severe buildup. Put the solution you’ve chosen in a spray bottle, and then use an all-purpose cleaner or distilled white vinegar to clean the area. Scrub the surface of the cabinet with a gentle sponge using a circular motion while you work on one cabinet at a time. To remove any trace of the cleanser that was left behind, you can use a second sponge that has been only dipped in water, and then you can dry the area with a microfiber towel.

Tough Stain Cleaning

Even if you are extremely thorough when cleaning your kitchen, messes like spills and splatters might still occur. It’s possible that your white kitchen cabinets will get stained as a result of them. Baking soda and water can be combined to form a paste that can be used for cleaning things. Apply the paste to the stains, you can do it using either a wet sponge or a toothbrush with soft bristles, and you should scrape very gently as you go. After allowing the paste to sit on the cabinets for a short while, remove it from the surfaces with a clean sponge.

Your cabinets should respond nicely to this, providing you with a kitchen that is gleaming after the process.

Wood Kitchen Cabinet

The accumulation of drips and spills over time may be extremely damaging to wooden kitchen cabinets. They are subjected to filth and grease on a regular basis since they are part of the preparation of meals, which results in a residue consisting of food particles, dirty hands, and dust. Because buildup causes a dull effect over time on the appearance of your wood cabinets, it is important to clean them on a regular basis.

It is recommended that you use natural cleaning products in order to keep the varnish from peeling off of your cabinet when you give it a thorough cleaning in to restore its appearance. It is recommended that after giving your wooden cabinets a thorough cleaning, you polish them to give them a sparkly finish.

Wooden kitchen cabinet

Routine Cleaning 

When dealing with greasy cabinets, vinegar is the natural cleaner of choice to use. Create a solution consisting of equal parts vinegar and warm water, and then transfer it to a spray bottle. Apply a light mist to the cabinets, wait a minute or two, and then wipe them down using a soft cloth to clean them. When cleaning really grungy cabinets, add a couple of drops of liquid dishwashing soap to the vinegar and water mixture. This will help cut through the grease and grime.

When applying the cleaner to the exterior of the cabinet cabinets and drawers, it is best to do it using a sponge or a soft rag. To get rid of the heavy oil and grime buildup, you might need to put in a little bit of force.

Apply the cleaner to the knobs and handles of the drawers and doors. Scrub the hardware, as well as the wood surrounding the hardware and the nooks of any decorative trim, with a toothbrush that has been dipped in the cleanser.

To remove the cleanser from all surfaces, use another cloth or sponge and moisten it with clean water before applying it. Make sure that every surface is completely dry before closing it to avoid having a bad smell.

Tough Stain Cleaning

Make a paste using vinegar and salt to remove tough stains like chocolate or syrup by first combining the two ingredients. Scrub the affected area gently with a toothbrush that has been dipped into the paste. Scrubbing the wood with too much force or with steel wool will cause it to become scratched. The paste should be removed by rinsing it off using clean water and drying it with a clean cloth.

Scrubbing the stain with baking soda that has been applied to a damp sponge is another option. If you don’t want to scratch the surface of the cabinet, scrub it with a soft toothbrush or a brush with nylon bristles.

Plastic Laminate Kitchen Cabinet

Cabinet doors made of plastic laminate may have the appearance of being made of wood, but the surface of these doors is not wood, which is an advantage to the removal of stains. Because plastic is not porous, there is a low probability that whatever is producing the stain has permeated further into the material than the surface.  Scrubbing is not a good idea since plastic, despite its hardness, is not durable and can be scratched if scrubbed too much.

Laminate kitchen cabinets

Routine Cleaning 

It is not necessary to use a powerful cleaner when doing routine cleaning. Mixing about half an ounce of dish detergent with one gallon of warm water is an efficient way to remove a wide variety of typical stains, including those produced by dairy and other food items. You should remove the stain with a cloth that is not abrasive because the major risk when cleaning laminates is harming the finish and making it look scratched up. Even if the solution is unable to completely remove the stain, it will clean the affected area sufficiently for you to determine the next course of action.

Tough Stain Cleaning

Using baking soda that has been mixed with water to form a paste can help release the colors from fruit drinks and liquor and is the most effective method for cleaning kitchen cabinets. In order for it to be effective, it needs to be left on the spot for around five minutes, and it also needs to be kept wet, so you should spray it with water every so often. You can get rid of it by rubbing it off using a fresh rag or piece of paper towel.

When a more powerful solvent is required to remove the stain, nail polish remover, which is the same as acetone or lacquer thinner, can be used. Use it in very small amounts, and rather than putting it straight to the stain, dampen a piece of cloth or a towel and rub it over the stain. Since it may cause the finish to become dull, you should test it first on the interior of the door.

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