My White Laminate Cabinets Are Turning Yellow. Can Anything Be Done?


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Barbara DeWalt Profile
Barbara DeWalt answered
Oh, you should never get white laminate cabinets! Grease, dirt and cooking fumes build up so quickly, and before you know it, your cabinets have turned yellow.

It is possible to deep-clean laminate cabinets, but don’t expect a miracle. You’ll see an improvement, but there’s only so much staining you can remove, especially if they’ve been yellow for a while!

How To Clean White Laminate Cabinets Without Damaging Them
  1. Fill a bowl with hot (not boiling) water and add a few drops of dish-washing detergent. 
  2. Dampen a cleaning cloth in the water. You’ll want to use a non-scratchy one so that you don’t damage the surface of the cabinets.
  3. Wipe down the cabinets, making sure you get around all the handles and corners.
  4. Dry the cabinets.
  5. Mix lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda into a paste. The lemon juice will cut through grease, and the bicarbonate of soda will be abrasive enough to remove stains but won’t cause damage.
  6. You’ll need a clean cloth for this part, so either rinse out the one you were using, or get another one. Apply the lemon and bicarbonate of soda mixture to the cloth, and rub it into the surface of your cabinets. Small circular motions work best.
  7. Rinse the cabinets down, making sure you’ve removed all detergent and bicarbonate of soda residue.
Hopefully, your cabinets will be looking a lot better by now. You might want to do one cabinet at a time, so you can compare the clean ones to the dirty ones. Good luck!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The only thing you can probably do is strip them, because if you try to clean them, you're going to take off the paint anyway.
thanked the writer.
Ann Bennett
Ann Bennett commented
The critical word here is LAMINATE. The cabinets are covered with a plastic or vinyl laminate not paint.

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