How to Clean White Painted Cabinets Which Have Yellowed

17 Dec

How to Clean White Painted Cabinets Which Have Yellowed

White painted cabinets give your kitchen a clean, airy look, but they can turn yellow with time. Oil-based paints, also referred to as alkyd paints, occasionally take on a yellowish cast because of the way that they treat, especially if your kitchen does not get much sun. Particular kinds of varnish — older types that aren’t urethane-based — may yellow with time. And moisture may cause your paint to flip an amber hue. If your kitchen cabinets have yellowed a fantastic deal, you might have to strip the masonry and repaint. However, before you take extreme measures, provide your white cabinets a good cleaning. The yellowing could just be a result of cooking grease and smoke.

Basic Cleaning

Mix 1/2-cup all-purpose cleaner, white vinegar or wood cleaner with 1/2-cup water in a spray bottle.

Spray the cabinets with the mixture, 1 cabinet at a time. Scrub the surface with a soft sponge in a circular movement.

Wash the sponge, wring it out, and wipe the cupboard again to remove the cleanser.

Dry the cupboard with a soft rag or towel.

Removing Yellow Grease Stains

Wet a sponge with water and wring it out.

Open all the windows in the kitchen and put on a set of rubber gloves.

Pour a small amount of undiluted ammonia on the sponge. Clean from the bottom of the cabinets up, which prevents the ammonia from seeping down your arms as you work.

Wipe the cupboard, scrubbing gently to cut through the grease.

Rinse and wring out the sponge. Wipe the ammonia from the Cupboard.

Dry the cupboard with a soft rag or towel.

Removing Rough Yellow Stains

Mix 1/2-cup baking soda with 1/4-cup water to produce a paste.

Dip a damp sponge, soft toothbrush or nylon-bristled scrub brush to the glue.

Scrub the yellowed stains gently. Leave the baking soda on the cupboard for 5 minutes.

Wipe away the baking soda with a damp sponge.

Dry the cabinets with a soft rag or towel.

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