How to clean the grease off my cabinets?
October 23, 2013 1:29 AM Subscribe
Can someone please PLEASE help me figure out how to clean grease/oil drips off my cabinets? These are splatter drips that come from sauteing, deep frying, etc.
posted by torticat to home & garden (39 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
The cabinets around our stove are sticky and gross. If I were moving into a house with cabinets like these, I'd want to tear them out and start over. But we actually installed these cabinets ourselves 12 years ago, which means we OWN the grossness, which is even worse.
We're not pigs, the stuff is just really really hard to get off. I think it's bonded with the finish on the cabinets (kraftmaid), and I'm starting to wonder if I need a mechanical means for removing it. Can I buff it off? I have an orbital sander, but I can't find anything finer than sandpaper that might work with for this.
Things I've tried: Dawn, Murphy's oil soap, contractor's solvent, Goo-gone, mineral spirits. I've googled the problem and tried the purple cleaner/degreaser you get at auto parts stores, no luck.
I think the finish on the cabinets is pretty tough; I've dulled it in a couple places but mostly it seems impervious to the chemicals I've tried. A while back I tried a wet/dry sandpaper, but it didn't help. I might not have been using it right, though, are you supposed to use it along with a solvent? I don't have any experience with auto body finishing but am starting to think that's where I need to look--some means for buffing out imperfections while leaving a shiny surface.