Clean Grease and Grime From Kitchen Cabinets
LESLIE: Marilyn in New Mexico needs some help with a kitchen project. What can we do for you today?
MARILYN: I needed to know how do I get cooking grease off my kitchen cabinet?
LESLIE: Are your kitchen cabinets wood?
LESLIE: Have you tried one of those orange-based cleansers, like an Orange Glo?
MARILYN: I’m afraid to try anything. I’m afraid it’ll take off the finish, I guess, or dull them.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) No, no, no, no. No, you’re not going to take anything off the finish unless you go with something that’s like a chemical stripping agent, that’s made to remove the finish. But an orange-based product – that really gets a lot of gunk and sticky stuff off of wood surfaces.
I know when we took the protective bumpers off of our wooden coffee table as our son started, you know, growing out of banging his face on the edge of the coffee table, I was left with all of this adhesive on there that I just could not peel off or get off. And the Orange Glo worked fantastic to remove it and made the wood sparkle like the sun; I mean it’s really fantastic.
And I know it works really well with kitchen grease. I’ve used it on my cabinet doors and you’ll see you even get like a little buildup from just your fingers on the edge where you open the doors. And it really does do a heck of a job to get that stuff off.
MARILYN: But it will take the grease off there, too? Because I’m having a problem with that.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) It absolutely will.
MARILYN: Because sometimes I use even my fingernails because it’s gotten so like crusty on there and gooey.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Thick. Yeah, I would try the Orange Glo first. Try like an orange-based product. I bet you that will – you know, 99 percent in my mind, I feel like that’s going to take that off. If for some reason it doesn’t, there’s another product out there from a company called Nutek Formulations and it’s called Grime-Away. And it comes in a wipe format and I’ve used that to get buildup of tree sap off of my outdoor furnishings. And that hasn’t damaged the wood surface of my outdoor furniture, so I don’t see why that would hurt your kitchen cabinet. But that’s like more aggressive. I would start with the orange product first, since you’ve probably already got it in your house, and then look for the Grime-Away.
MARILYN: OK. So just go with Orange Glo first and then, if not, go with the Grime-Away?
MARILYN: And where would I find Grime-Away at?
LESLIE: It’s available at a variety of different retailers. I know The Home Depot started carrying them but if you go to their website, it’s Nutek – N-u-t-e-k – Formulations.com and look up the product. It’ll tell you where to buy it.
MARILYN: OK. Well, thank you. I’ll give that a try, yeah, because I’ve been trying at it on and off for the last week (Leslie chuckles) and nothing has really worked.
TOM: Alright, Marilyn. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.