How to keep your kitchen doors looking great

9th September 2019

It’s taken a few months but your new kitchen has come together. The kitchen fitter has finished working their magic. You have your kitchen back. It’s so shiny and new you almost don’t want to use it but you know you have to.

A kitchen is clearly designed to be used and is built for that purpose. Which is why it might be worth sharing some top tips on how to keep your kitchen in ‘mint’ condition. The right way to clean your kitchen doors and how to keep them looking like new.

General cleaning tips

Why is it we always insist on spraying bleach and other such cleaning products on every part of our kitchen. Perhaps the fear of germs multiplying unless we conduct a clinical deep clean on all our kitchen surfaces.

Abrasive or aggressive cleaners which contain ingredients such as bleach, acetone, solvent or alcohol should be avoided. These types of product are the worst you can use on your kitchen doors. They can actually damage the surface and reduce the lifespan.

Furniture polish containing wax isn’t really much better. These will leave a residue that over time will become difficult to remove. In many ways they will attract the dust and grease. Building up a layer of dirt that might actually need bleach to remove it.

Which is why it’s always good to know what you should be doing:


  • Use a liquid soap that only has a small proportion of soap i.e. the majority of the product is water based
  • Wipe over your doors using this soap with a damp cloth then dry with a soft clean cloth
  • Cooking splashes should be wiped off immediately using a damp cloth

This general approach will work for all types of kitchen door. There are some kitchen doors that require a little more attention but the principles remain the same. No harsh cleaning products just damp cloths and liquid soap.

There will be certain kitchen units that will need to be cleaned more often than others. So it’s worth cleaning round the whole kitchen at least four times a year. Maybe at the change of each season to get ready for the next one.

How to clean a painted door

These are fairly easy to clean and follow the general cleaning guide. Use a damp cloth to remove any marks or fingerprints. Doors are designed to be opened and you’d be surprised how much dirt builds up from simply using them. Just remember that we don’t always have sparkly clean hands in the kitchen.

Wipe over the surface with a clean and dry soft cloth to finish off. It’s as simple as that. If you have marks all over the door you can use a liquid soap on a damp cloth to give you that extra lift.

For doors that are stained rather than painted, this type of door usually has a lacquer applied. The cleaning method is exactly the same as for painted. Dirt can be easily wiped off the surface.

Keep timber and veneered doors clean

When you clean timber doors you need to follow the pattern of the grain. Wipe the doors in sections with a damp cloth to remove all the dirt. Then use a dry, soft cloth to finish.

The one area to look out for on this type of door is moisture. This can be very damaging to the fabric of the door. Simply boiling a kettle or water in an open pan on the hob will create moisture. Which is why it’s best to keep the areas where this type of kitchen equipment is located dry.

Look after foil and high gloss finished doors

Foil and lacquered door products will need a little bit more care and attention. These are manufactured with a foil or melamine lacquered surface. Which means you need to be careful not to puncture or pierce the panel as this will accelerate the deterioration of the door.

Follow the general cleaning guidelines and be wary of excess moisture. If oil-based substances such as butter, cooking or olive oil land on the doors. These should be removed immediately using a mild detergent. The quicker you remove it the easier it will be.


Any good quality kitchen fitter can give you advice on how best to look after your kitchen doors. They will have taken care to install them so they will be familiar with the products.

How often do you clean your kitchen doors and what do you clean them with?