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How To Clean Matte Kitchen Cupboards: The Easiest Method

How To Clean Matte Kitchen Cupboards: The Easiest Method

We all know how difficult it can be to make your matte cupboards look spotless, so knowing how to clean matte kitchen cupboards is a must if you want your kitchen to look spotless.

The best way to clean matte kitchen cupboards is to simply use dish soap and water. The key to making it look clean after drying is to remove excess water after you have done cleaning with the dish soap.

In the rest of this article, we will explore the best methods for cleaning matte kitchen cupboards, as well as some tips and tricks for keeping them clean.

Why Is It So Hard To Keep Matte Surfaces Clean?

The science behind matte colors actually suggests that they can hide dirt and stains easier than others such as gloss, but in a kitchen environment the opposite seems to be true.

It’s so hard to keep matte surfaces clean because once you are done cleaning it is almost a certainty that a streak or some fingerprint marks will be left behind. It seems that matte colors tend to absorb stains and marks, whilst also showing streaks easier.

You may also notice that grease tends to be more visible on matte surfaces and also harder to remove.

The best way to prevent streaks and marks from being left behind after cleaning matte surfaces is to clean them properly – so let’s jump into the best method you can use to achieve this.

Cleaning Matte Kitchen Cupboards In One Simple Method

Our recommended method for cleaning matte kitchen cupboards involves using a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water.

The vinegar will enhance the cleaning properties and improve evaporation which will prevent water residue marks from being left behind. White vinegar is also 90-95% water, which means it is suitable for everyday cleaning if required.

Mix Distilled White Vinegar And Water

Mix half a cup of distilled white vinegar with 3 1/2 cups of water in a spray bottle, or a small container such as a bowl.

Using a spray bottle is preferred as this will allow for easy application of the solution to the cupboard surface, but if you don’t have one then don’t worry.

Apply The Solution

Generously spray the surface with the vinegar and water solution and wipe using a clean dishcloth.

If you don’t have a spray bottle, then soak the dishcloth in the solution and wring it out until damp. After this wipe the surface using the cloth, and keep rinsing regularly until all of the cupboard surfaces have been cleaned.

For Tough Stains

If you are dealing with a tough grease or food stain we recommend using a paste of baking soda and vinegar. This is a great solution that we have recommended for other surfaces such as laminate and is proven to work well.

To create this solution, mix one-part baking soda with two parts distilled white vinegar to create a paste. Use a dishcloth to apply a generous amount of the paste to the stain and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse it off using the vinegar and water solution used previously.

Buff The Area

Once you’ve cleaned the surface you need to buff it with a clean and dry towel or rag to remove any residue.

This step is crucial because if you leave any significant residue behind it will form marks when it dries, so make sure to not skip this part. Simply take the towel or rag and gently wipe the surface in one direction, taking care to remove as much residue as possible.

Allow To Dry

After buffing most of the moisture will be gone, but you should still not touch the area for a few hours to let it dry fully.

If you accidentally touch the surface during drying you can easily cause fingerprint marks which will need to be cleaned again to remove.


Below we’ve included some of the most common questions that we get in regard to matte cabinets in kitchens.

Are Matte Cabinets Hard To Keep Clean?

Matte cabinets are quite difficult to keep clean due to the nature of how easily they show marks and stains.

Kitchens tend to be quite busy areas as well, where stains are more common. This means you will probably need to give your cabinets a wipe down once per week to keep them looking clean.

Can’t You Just Use A Branded Cleaner?

The problem with most branded cleaners is that they advertise that they can get rid of fingerprints and water residue, but they rarely deliver the results.

Distilled white vinegar is much more affordable and produces consistent results, which is why we prefer to use it.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have learnt how to clean matte kitchen cupboards by reading this article, and if you have any other methods that you have tried with success then please let us know!