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Question DetailsAsked on 1/9/2016

How do I clean the sticky surfaces in my kitchen?

I am an apartment dweller with an inadequately ventilated kitchen. Every surface in my kitchen, including cupboard shelves and drawers, has a sticky surface, Is there a good way I can clean these myself or should I hire a professional?

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If just a thin grease film (this is likely cooking grease because you do not have a vent hood over the range or have not been cleaning the filters frequently enough), several scrubbing passes with Dawn dish detergent on a rag followed by rinsing with clean damp rag should remove it fine.

If an actual gooey layer you can see and feel as a distinct layer, rather than just a slight film, you may need to use TSP - TriSodiumPhosphate, the highly effective cleaning component they took out of laundry detergents for water quality issues in the 70's and 80's. Available in some store laundry or cleaning product aisles, otherwise at paint or hardware stores and Amazon and such - comes in powder form.

Is slightly abrasive and slightly aggressive, so do not use on polished painted/chrome surfaces, and go easy on wallpaper and gloss painted surfaces - read instructions, and properly used the chemical action does most of the work, rather than scrubbing.

Windex on windows and enamel/chrome/bare metal surfaces.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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