How to Remove Stains From Plastic Laminate Cabinet Doors

Plastic laminate cabinets are a practical choice for your kitchen.
Laminate cabinets are among the easiest to clean.Laminate cabinets are among the easiest to clean.
Usually less expensive than other materials, they come in styles to suit a variety of decorating preferences. They are also easier to clean and maintain than natural wood cabinets. Most household spills generally wipe off with just common cleaning agents and water. If a stain is resistant to routine cleaning, special techniques will usually remove it.

Step 1

Remove most stains by spraying with an all-purpose cleaning product. Wait to allow the full-strength solution to work. Then wipe the cabinet with a damp cleaning cloth. Tea or coffee stains may also require scrubbing with a soft brush.

Step 2

Remove dye stains, especially red food dye, with rubbing alcohol. Apply the alcohol with a cloth and wait one minute. Then wipe the spot with a mixture of half white vinegar and half water. Wait one minute before rinsing with plain water on a cloth.

Step 3

Remove stubborn ink stains left by food labels or permanent markers by using pine cleaner or all-purpose cleaner at full strength. Rub the cleaner on the stain with a cloth and give it time to work. Rinse the area with a cloth dampened in water. If the stain still shows, clean the stain with denatured alcohol on a cloth and then rinse.

Things You Will Need

  • All-purpose spray cleaner
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Soft brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White vinegar
  • Pine cleaner
  • Denatured alcohol


  • When buying new laminate cabinets, take time to investigate the variety of styles and finishes. You can buy laminate cabinets with different style door panels, such as arched or square, and in many different colors or tones.


  • Steel wool or harsh cleansing powders can damage your laminate cabinet.
  • Some hair dyes and laundry bluing stains cannot be removed from laminates.
  • Do not use alcohol and other solvents near fire or sparks. They catch fire easily.