Asked on Mar 03, 2015

I need to remove 10 years of grease build up on wood kitchen cabinets

I tried murphy's oil, spic & span, goof off with a scrubber and lots of elbow power, yet the grease build up is still noticeable on part of the cabinet and walls. I didn't want to remove the cabinets or sand if possible. Any help is appreciated.
  19 answers
  • Cherie Cherie on Mar 03, 2015
    If you've done all that and it's still covered in grease, I'll bet it's not grease! Try a little bit of Mineral Spirits on a piece of it that's not very noticeable and see if it comes off. It may be a refinishing product someone applied to the cabinets. Although, I don't know why it would be on your walls. Mineral Spirits can be found at any hardware store. If that doesn't work, I'd go with stripper - the gentle kind. Good luck!
  • Jami Moery Jami Moery on Mar 03, 2015
    I have found vinegar works for almost everything. If it is grease, use 1 part Dawn and 2 parts Vinegar.
    • Cherie Cherie on Mar 04, 2015
      @Jami Price Spiva You're right! That's a great combo for almost anything - or just vinegar and baking soda!
  • Fran Fran on Mar 03, 2015
    I just cleaned cabinets in a rental house using Crud Cutter from Lowe's. I bought the concentrate, but diluted it according to the directions for use on the cabinets. I sprayed it on and let it sit for about 3 min. then scrubbed it with a strong bristle brush. The crud came right off and it didn't damage the wood. I used Crud Cutter full strength on the tile floor using the strong bristle brush. The floor was awful, and it came right up. It also works great on faucets.
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    • Terri Rivers Pelletier Terri Rivers Pelletier on Mar 11, 2015
      @Fran Maybe I should have told you that my chairs have an finish on them-maybe like varnish. Would this Crud Cutter still work without harming the finish? Thanks in advance.
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Mar 03, 2015
    I have a commercial cleaning company and this is what we use. It is the only thing I have found to cut that heavy nasty grease. We buy it at Sam's in a three pack. It is in the automotive section. We wear rubber gloves, and spray this onto a rag not directly into the cabinets. Then rinse really well. This is a oven cleaner, and degreaser it is the only thing I have found that works well. Pro force we buy it at Sam's Club, or go to a automotive and look for a heavy degreaser cleaner.
  • Patricia Harvey Patricia Harvey on Mar 03, 2015
    awesome cleaner available at dollar general & family dollar
    • Minerva Santillan Minerva Santillan on Mar 03, 2015
      @Patricia Harvey Awesome is usually my go to cleaner, but the grease is bad. It worked on the cabinets furthest from the stove only.
  • Deirdre Sullivan Deirdre Sullivan on Mar 03, 2015
    I had the same problem. Here's what I did. I first scrubbed off the grease using a toothbrush dipped in dish soap ( use only a soap that cuts grease) and water. I kept the sudsy water in a plastic container right by my side. I also used a rag to catch dripping water. It will get the grease off. You will have to stop often to de-gunk the toothbrush. Afterwards I wiped all the wood down using Method Wood cleaner. It comes in a spray bottle. It smells fantastic and it really rejuvenated the wood. Now I wipe down my wood cabinets a couple of times of month. My cabinets were DISGUSTING before-- the grease was like gum on parts of the cabinets. You can try using a bigger brush too if you like but the toothbrush seemed more effective.
  • P.A. Anderson P.A. Anderson on Mar 04, 2015
    I'm surprised no one has suggest TSP. It is used primarily to clean surfaces prior to painting I believe. At any rate, before I painted my cabinets I was told to wash them down with TSP and that would clean all the 'gunk' off them. It did...and it was easy.
  • Justfixit Justfixit on Mar 04, 2015
    I had the same problem, use TSP, it works. I sometimes had to spend one whole hour on a door but it works. I used TSP, Dawn, and Mr. Clean. It works.
  • Bonnie Lee Spencer Bonnie Lee Spencer on Mar 04, 2015
    vinager and baking soda....nichole curtis uses this all the time!!!!!
  • Julie Julie on Mar 04, 2015
    krud cutter..or crud cutter , not sure on spelling,,got it at Menards..worked great!!
  • Michelle Seigal Michelle Seigal on Mar 04, 2015
    Have you tried Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser? Just plain water and the magic eraser did wonders on my cabinets! Good luck!
  • Lee Lee on Mar 04, 2015
    TSP will do the job, BUT--it may also take off the finish….Take care with the acount of power you use--read directions and carefully follow.
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Mar 04, 2015
    Have you tried rubbing alcohol? That's what I use on my stove hood. Be sure to turn off any pilot lights if you have a gas stove.
  • Kelly N Dave Couvelha Kelly N Dave Couvelha on Mar 04, 2015
    try fantastik. it is along the line of 409 but way better!
  • Minerva Santillan Minerva Santillan on Mar 09, 2015
    I tried Proforce degreaser from Sams as suggested by Patricia Harvey and it worked great on the upper cabinets and ceiling. I did have to reseal the cabinets because when I used goof off on the lower half of the cabinets it did strip some of the cabinets. I went to my local Ochards home store and the sales person in the department also suggested krud Kutter for real wood cabinets. I would like to thank everyone for the suggestions and help.
  • Linda Linda on Mar 17, 2015
    Try Purple Stuff, Purple Rite...or any similarly named purple degreaser...find it in the automotive department of almost any store that sells automotive products. Use it in a well ventilated area. It's pretty strong...not good for your lungs. I have been using it for 20 years or more for virtually everything that needs removing. I found it through my husband's business. He had an automotive repair business for 44 years. I use it on laundry...including baby clothes. It's a fabulous degreaser...and stain remover of many stains of unknown origin. I even removed some old varnish from an antique chair.
  • Terrial Terrial on Jun 08, 2022

    Could it be Purple Power?

  • Jul43221483 Jul43221483 on Mar 02, 2024

    First I tried vinagar, then TSP, then I used my steamer and grease came out of the poors of the cabinets. Then cleaned again with Murphys.