4 Easy Steps On How To Clean Matt Kitchen Cupboards

Matt finish cabinets and worktops are usually for homeowners who prefer a more traditional kitchen design. This type adds texture to the cupboards, and you eventually have a sleek, stunning looking kitchen. Even better with a matt finish is that scratches, fingerprints, and other flaws aren’t visible like in a high gloss finish or lacquer cabinets.

grey clean matt kitchen cupboards

And that was the good news. The bad news is that you can’t get away with cleaning kitchen cabinets, no matter the type. And that’s the reason we are here. We will share with you 4 easy DIY steps on how to clean matt kitchen cupboards. Ready? Roll up your sleeves, grab your cleaning supplies and let’s make your dirty cupboards into a brand new kitchen.

How to clean matt kitchen cupboards

High gloss kitchens, laminate or matt ones, they all need cleaning. The easy way for homeowners would be to run at the closest store and get the best cleaning product in the market suitable for the type of kitchen they have. But if you don’t want to use ready-made products and you prefer a more eco-friendly way of cleaning kitchen cabinets, here are a few bleach-free cleaning tips for cleaning your matt cupboards.

Water and dish soap

If your matt kitchen cabinet doors are covered with oily fingerprints and smudges, an easy DIY way to get rid of the build-up and bring up the matt finish of your cupboard doors is to use soapy water. Here’s what you have to do:

Needed materials:

  • A bowl or a spray bottle
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Clean microfibre cloth

Steps to follow:

  1. Fill a bowl or a spray bottle with hot water and add a drop of soap. Stir very well to dissolve the detergent.
  2. Then, soak a soft cloth in the soapy mixture and wipe down the matt surfaces, paying extra attention to hinges and handles.
  3. Once you clean up all the surfaces, soak a new soft cloth in warm water and wring it very well. 
  4. Using the damp cloth, rinse the kitchen doors and wipe again to remove the excess moisture with a new dry cloth.


Vinegar is the most used kitchen ingredient (along with baking soda) for cleaning purposes. It’s very effective in cleaning almost all surfaces and stains. You can clean your stainless steel sink and appliances, smelly wood cabinets (including laminate), the extractor fan, your ceramic hob and the list could go on and on. It’s also very effective in cleaning matt finish kitchen doors and removing grime, finger marks and oily smudges.

A cleaning solution made of white vinegar

Needed materials:

  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • 2 litres of warm water
  • Clean cloths

Steps to follow:

  1. Mix in a bowl ½ cup of vinegar and 2 litres of warm water.
  2. Then, wipe the kitchen doors with a clean cloth soaked into the vinegar mixture.
  3. Once you have wiped all the surfaces, rinse them with a new clean cloth and dry them with a dry one.

Note: Instead, you can fill a spray bottle with the same portion of vinegar and water and spray directly onto the kitchen doors

Baking soda and vinegar

The baking soda and vinegar combo is a miraculous cleaning mixture when it comes to cleaning. You can clean from your oven, microwave and air fryer up to stove vent fan filters( including stainless steel ones) and dishwasher. Let’s see now how to clean matt finish kitchen cabinet doors.

Needed materials:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Clean water

Steps to follow:

  1. Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda and soak a clean cloth into it.
  2. Next, dab the soaked cloth on the cupboard surface.
  3. Let the paste sit for a few minutes, and then rub it lightly on the surface.
  4. Using the textured side of your cloth afterwards, lift off the grime.
  5. Finally, rinse your kitchen cupboard doors with clean water and a dry cloth.

Vinegar and soap

As you can see, vinegar is the star. Another efficient DIY way to clean your matt finish kitchen cupboard doors is to combine vinegar and soap. Here are the materials you need and the steps you should follow to say goodbye to grease spills and oily fingerprints.

white clean matt kitchen cupboards with wooden countertops

Needed materials:

  • A shaker
  • Distilled water
  • Vinegar (white ideally)
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Clean cloths

Steps to follow:

  1. In the shaker, mix equal parts of vinegar and distilled water and add ⅛ cup of the detergent. Shake it very well to stir all the ingredients.
  2. Once the vinegar-soapy water is ready, spray the doors and scrub them using a clean cloth. Repeat the process until the kitchen doors are fully clean.
  3. Finally, rinse the doors, wipe them dry using a new clean cloth and let them dry for a few hours before using them again.

Why choose matte kitchen cupboards

But why would someone prefer having matt cupboards instead of high-gloss or laminate? What’s so special about it that matt has become so popular among homeowners in the latest years? Here are three reasons why matt kitchens have risen in popularity.

  1. Due to the matt finish, they don’t get dirty so quickly. What’s more, matt absorbs light instead of reflecting it like gloss ones, masking somehow any imperfections and flaws.
  2. If you own a large kitchen or open floor plan, having glossy cabinetry can be a bit exaggeration. Matt finish on some cabinets and worktops will add the textural difference making the room look more sophisticated and producing a sleek look.
  3. Matt is so versatile that it can be used in almost any kitchen, traditional, modern etc., and blend with other finishes to create a striking result. Plus, you can find any colour you like to pair with the rest of your decor.

a modern kitchen with matt cupboards and built in stainless steel appliances

Cleaning your matt kitchen cupboards will be a walk in the park from now on, as long as you follow our cleaning tips. You don’t have to get special cleaning products. Just open your cabinets and get the vinegar, baking soda or dish soap. These three ingredients will work miracles on your dirty kitchen cupboards. Try them and make your kitchen look brand new again.

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