How to clean sticky closetmaid wire shelving

Updated February 21, 2017

ClosetMaid wire shelving in your pantry can end up sticky from spilt jam or juice and little fingers reaching for treats. The plastic-coated, open-grid wire shelving is designed for easy cleaning. A cleaning routine that gets rid of the sticky build-up without damaging the shelves is easy to implement.

Remove loose dust with the hose attachment of a vacuum cleaner or brush the dust off the shelves with a small broom.

Mix 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp dish soap and 1 tsp white vinegar in a spray bottle.

Spray a mist of the cleaner onto the shelving and wipe off with a cleaning rag. Wipe down each wire, from the top and bottom.

Continue until all build-up is removed, let the shelving air dry and place your items back on the shelf. If the items themselves need cleaned, wipe down with the same cleaning spray. The vinegar is a versatile disinfectant and deodoriser while the dish soap assists in the cleaning process.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum or small broom
  • Spray bottle
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning rags
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