Clean & Maintain Your Cabinets & Countertops

Clean & Maintain Your Cabinets & Countertops

To keep your wood cabinets looking fresh, clean them regularly and gently as follows:

Dust them regularly with a dry cloth or dry duster. Accumulated dust dulls the surface and attracts oily fingerprints and grease.

Periodically, wipe your wood cabinets with a slightly damp, soft cloth. Use plain water. However, test this first in an inconspicuous area of the wood to be sure it’s safe for your finish.

If the cabinets are especially filmy or have stubborn food spots, you can use a mild detergent in warm water to clean them. But be sure to wring out the cloth first so that it’s just damp. Never use an abrasive cleaning pad.

Wipe the cabinets in the direction of the wood grain. Immediately wipe the cabinets with a dry, soft cloth after cleansing to eliminate all moisture. Water can damage the finish if left to air dry.

If you wish, you can purchase wood cleaners from leading brands such as MinWax®, available at paint and hardware stores and home improvement retailers.

Laminate countertops can be easily cleaned with a damp, non-abrasive cloth and mild detergent or cleaner. Avoid moisture accumulation in the seams. You can also purchase laminate cleaning and polishing products at hardware and home stores.

For granite and other countertop materials, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


To reduce the buildup of grease on a day-to-day basis, use your kitchen fan while cooking. The fan helps remove grease and dust that can cling to and damage cabinets.

The sun can fade and damage the finish of wood cabinets. Protect the finish by using blinds or curtains on windows to eliminate direct exposure.