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Bonniexx Sep 23, 2013 09:29 AM

I do not have an exhaust fan over my stove. What I do have are cabinets that have not been properly cleaned in 7 years. They are sticky with the residue from the stove.

What is the best way to clean them? I've tried a few cleansers and scrubbed to no positive end. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    susan1353 Sep 23, 2013 09:42 AM

    What are your cabinets made of? Mine are laminate and I have great success with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, but I'm not sure they're recommended for wood.

    If yours are wood, have you tried Murphy's Oil Soap?

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      Bonniexx Sep 23, 2013 11:08 AM

      Cabinets are made with wood but nothing fancy. I've tried Mr. Clean but not Murphy's Oil. That's a great idea!

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      sparrowgrass Sep 23, 2013 10:12 AM

      Ewww--I hate that--mine get really sticky.

      Take the doors off, just to make life easier, and spray with 409 or Fantastik. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so, and then wipe with a damp towel. I do this outdoors or in the tub so I don't drip on everything.

      Try it on one spot first--some paints/finishes don't like strong cleaners.

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        uman Sep 23, 2013 10:31 AM

        try baking soda with vinegar....works pretty well.
        Also, any of the orange degreasers work well.

        I line the tops of my cabinets with paper towels so I can just change them out. Not sure if there are tops to yours, but if you do, I recommend covering them after you clean them.

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          Bonniexx Sep 23, 2013 11:09 AM

          Love the idea of baking soda and vinegar. I prefer to not use strong chemicals when they aren't necessary. Thanks for the recommendation.

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          INDIANRIVERFL Sep 23, 2013 11:20 AM

          Trust a landlord that has cleaned way too many disasters.

          Use the same soap that you use to clean dishes. Which means either Dawn or Joy. Apply directly to your sponge. Wipe with the hottest water you can stand. 2 or three applications will result in clean cabinets.

          These are the detergents of choice for cleaning tar and oil off of shorebirds. So they will do a good job on the grease on your cabinets.

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            kitchengardengal Sep 23, 2013 03:47 PM

            I concur with Indian. Dawn cuts the grease, but doesn't strip the finish off your cabinet doors.
            If you have wood cabinets, they take the same care that your wood living room or bedroom furniture take. If you use harsh chemicals on your fine furniture, then have at it on the cabinets. Having many years of experience designing kitchens and selling cabinets, I've always advised my clients to treat their cabinets just like furniture ( which is what they are).

          2. Will Owen Sep 23, 2013 04:33 PM

            I agree about not using harsh chemicals on good wood or fine finishes, but ours are some kind of ungodly hard wood product with real wood doors, and as they were installed in 1986 I'm assuming that's urethane varnish on them. While Indianriver insists that dish detergent will do the job, that grease is probably as old as the finish, and I know for a fact that straight Dawn will NOT take it off. Murphy's sounds like it may be worth a try, but my mom (who cleaned a lot of rental kitchens that had NEVER had their walls scrubbed) swore by Spic'N'Span. Whatever I use, I'm sure dreading the chore …

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              hill food Sep 23, 2013 04:50 PM

              god yes, I hate that greasy fuzz (long-time renter who's moved a lot in slumlord rent-controlled cities) it's the first thing I tackle in a new place. a Southern friend has a term for that stuff: 'gras dew'

              really any solution will require elbow grease.

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                INDIANRIVERFL Oct 1, 2013 06:22 AM

                Unless you have solid wood cabinets and plan on sanding and revarnishing, do not use one of those hand steam cleaners. Swelled wood and grease forced into pores of the wood means lots of money.

                Different environments require different solutions. My last rebuild was from a short sale where there was 23 years of cigarette smoke accumulation. With our humidity ranging from 60 to 99 per cent, things are loosened up a little. 53 billable hours was far cheaper than an $8500 purchase and installation. Thanks to quality cabinets, I did not have to refinish them.

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              Lmrbest Oct 1, 2013 01:37 AM

              Try Simple Green, undiluted. Any product that has water in it will make it really hard to remove grease. If you try Murphy's, don't dilute it either.

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                kitchengardengal Oct 1, 2013 01:15 PM

                A customer once came into my cabinet shop pushing a baby stroller with no baby in it. There was a swollen warped drawer in it...she had bought a home and the vanity drawer was dirty, so she ran it through the dishwasher. If you've ever seen particle board swell, you can imagine what this drawer box looked like.
                She learned the hard way!

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                  hill food Oct 1, 2013 06:44 PM

                  she sent particle board through a dishwasher? uhh uhh uhh...

                  ok my head is spinning worse than Sunday when I had accidentally trespassed on a meth lab and heard their opinion about my presence (true story).

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                    kitchengardengal Oct 1, 2013 07:15 PM

                    Oops! That has to be quite a story!

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                      hill food Oct 1, 2013 10:28 PM

                      ha! track me down through my profile and FB if you're really curious. actually not such a big deal. well to me anyway. there were no visible weapons involved - meaning junior high was rougher.

                      still a wood product in the dishwasher? I mean a cutting board is one thing, but...

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