Cleaning Old Kitchen Cabinets

My beautiful stained kitchen cabinets are 25 years old and quite streaked and dirty. I've tried Murphy's wood soap and other cleaners. I would like to clean them really well and then shine them up. I also don't know what to use to shine them once they are clean.


Peggy from Centralia, WA


Cleaning Old Kitchen Cabinets

Wipe your cabinets down thoroughly with mineral spirits, make sure the kitchen is ventilated well, this stuff smells. Once they are clean and have dried, put on a coat of polyurethane. You can either use the brush-on water-based ones or the "wipe-on" kind. The wipe-on formula is oil-based, but it goes on very easily with a soft cloth and doesn't drip.

By Jean from Raymond, MS

Cleaning Old Kitchen Cabinets

A friend in a similar situation suggested we use Pledge Revitalizing Oil with natural orange oil. Look for the bright orange trigger. It worked nicely. Need to re-do it about 3 times per year we have found. We use approximately two 16 oz. bottles. The first time, might have been 3 bottles. (08/08/2008)


By Holly

Cleaning Old Kitchen Cabinets

I use a product called Liquid Gold. It has brought cabinet doors back to a lovely finish. One word about it though aside from it being very highly petroleum-smelling and thus a bit heady; rub it on until the wood can absorb no more. Then polish off the excess. Treat at least once a year and more often if your climate is dry. (08/08/2008)

By Barbara

Cleaning Old Kitchen Cabinets

There is a product out there called "Cabinet Magic" and it really works. (08/09/2008)

By AuntyC

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