How to Restore Luster on Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

You use your kitchen cabinets on a daily basis, exposing the surfaces to all the dirt and grime from your hands.

Grease and other cooking debris also can take away the shine you once had on your wooden cabinets. With a little polishing, you can restore luster on the cabinets so they shine like they did when they were new.

Wash your kitchen cabinets with soap and hot water. Dip a rag in the hot, soapy mixture and then wring out the excess. Using too much water on your wooden cabinets can cause damage, but a damp rag is one of the best cleaning agents for wooden cabinets.

Use a scrubbing pad with a fine grain to remove stubborn stains. Scrub very lightly so you don't damage the finish on the cabinets.

Spray wood furniture polish onto the face of your cabinets.

Let the polish sit for three minutes.

Wipe the furniture polish off with a clean cloth.

Go over the area again with another clean cloth to remove any excess polish and to buff out the cabinets.

Things You Will Need

  • Soap
  • Hot water
  • Rag
  • Scrubbing pad
  • Wood furniture polish

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