Kitchens – How to clean kitchen cabinets


I just bought a house with some dirty (greasy, grimy, dusty, &c.) wooden kitchen cabinets. What is the best way to clean them? I've read that paint thinner works well, however, I am afraid that will damage the finish. Can you recommend some good cleaning products?

Suggestions for regular maintenance cleaning would be appreciated, however, I am really looking for advice on a one-time, heavy duty cleaning.

Best Answer

Ok serious answer. If in fact they are urethane, start with Dawn. If that isn't quite strong enough, step up to Barkeeper's Friend powdered cleaner. It will clean and polish most anything and not scratch the urethane finish.