Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning on Top of Kitchen Cabinets

You're eager to shake off the winter's physical and emotional debris when the temperature rises and the sun appears. It's time for some spring cleaning!

It's likely that you have already included cabinets in your to-do list, but don't forget to clean the tops of the cabinets as well. Your cabinets are gathering dust and oil that are a part of regular kitchen maintenance unless they reach the ceiling. Have the courage to look at them; you'll understand what we mean.

In your kitchen, grease spreads like wildfire and collects on horizontal surfaces, particularly those that are high up. That's the reason your cabinet tops get filthy. The majority of the other surfaces in your kitchen are ones you see frequently, so you should clean them more frequently. Although it's simple to overlook the cabinet tops, this is the moment to clean up the clutter.

Never be afraid. Even if it seems awful up there, we have some excellent cleaning advice for the tops of kitchen cabinets.

Get rid of loose dirt.

Lift your vacuum hose attachment up to the top of your kitchen cabinets carefully to begin cleaning the tops of the cabinets. Vacuum up the loose dirt and debris, being careful not to contact the sticky oil buildup. It will be easier to proceed if the dry issues are resolved first.


Apply a degreasing cleaning solution to the top of your cabinet in a workable area. Give it a few minutes to settle and work. Use a gentle cloth to clean. Continue until every cabinet top is spotless. Lemon juice and vinegar are excellent natural substitutes if you choose cleansers that are closer to nature. Use them directly on the oily buildup to prevent using unnecessary chemicals. 

What to Do With Tough Buildup?

When a towel and degreaser don't seem to be doing the trick, it's time to pull the heavy guns out. Reapply your degreaser first, and then mix with a little pinch of baking soda. It gives you a little scrubbing strength without harming your finish. Try using an old toothbrush or plastic scraper to manually remove buildup if that doesn't work.

Avoid Sticky, Dirty Cabinet Tops

Would you rather never do this again? Once is enough, we both agree. Wax paper should be placed on your cabinet tops once they have been cleaned. Like a magnet, the wax draws in the dirt and dust. All you need to do to be set to go is swap out the wax paper a few times a year.

More Tips for Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

Use these suggestions to make sure your cabinets are kept clean and in good condition.

  • Always use non-damaging cleaning agents that are gentle on finishes.
  • Your cabinets may be susceptible to too much moisture, so avoid soaking them in cleaner or water. Instead, spray cleanser in small places and don't let the liquid linger there for too long.
  • Hinges should not be exposed to water or cleansers to avoid rust or other metal corrosion.
  • After cleaning, dry your cabinets.

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