How to Clean an Oak Kitchen Cabinet

Updated February 21, 2017

Oak's strength and hardness makes it a popular wood for cabinetry. Its natural golden colour adds an attractive look to most kitchens, though it's available in an array of colours and finishes. Clean oak kitchen cabinets with a no-wax wood cleaner and polish them with lemon or orange oil.

Spray the cabinets thoroughly with wood cleaner. Allow it to sit for five minutes on stained or grease-covered cabinets.

Wipe the cabinets clean with a cloth.

Apply a small amount of lemon or orange oil to a cloth. Rub the entire wood surface to give it a nice glow. A little goes a long way, so avoid soaking the wood in oil.

Wipe away any excess oil with a clean, dry cloth.


Wipe unfinished oak cabinets with a clean, dry cloth. Never use water or cleaning products to avoid damaging the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood cleaner, no wax
  • Cloths
  • Lemon or orange oil
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