How to Clean Pickled Oak Cabinets


Pickled oak finish is much like any modern finish. It is resistant to stains and it can be used on all the cabinets in a room or to accent larger pieces. When cleaning pickled oak, although it is durable, you need to be a little more careful than you would with oak veneer or plastic cabinets. No commercial chemical-based cleaners are needed. Mild dish-washing detergent and a soft sponge will keep your pickled oak cabinets looking good.

Step 1

Mix the cleaning solution. In one bucket, mix 10 parts warm water to 1 part detergent. The other bucket holds plain rinse water.

Step 2

Wash the pickled oak cabinets. Dip the soft sponge into the detergent mix. Gently rub the sponge over the pickled oak cabinets. Do not scrub.

Step 3

Rinse off the detergent. Dip your rag into the rinse bucket, and gently wipe away all detergent residue. Be careful to get all corners, cracks and curves in the cabinet design.

Step 4

Rinse the cabinets a second time without applying too much pressure to the wood. The cabinets should be sparkling clean now.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 small buckets of warm water
  • Mild dish-washing detergent
  • Soft sponge
  • Rag


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