How to get greasy fingerprints off matt kitchen cabinets

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Ah, the kitchen. A haven of culinary creativity, a gathering place for loved ones, and, let’s be honest, a battleground for greasy fingerprints. And in the realm of kitchen surfaces, none pose a greater challenge than matt kitchen cabinets. 

Their sleek, contemporary aesthetic comes at a price: every smudge, every sticky paw print, stands out like a neon sign in a blacked-out theatre. Despair not, fellow home warriors! Today, we unveil the secrets to vanquishing greasy fingerprints and restoring your matt cabinets to their pristine glory.

Modern dark kitchen interior.

Why Matt Surfaces are Fingerprint Magnets

Unlike their glossy counterparts, matt surfaces don’t reflect light, making every fingerprint and scuff instantly visible. It’s not a flaw, it’s just science. The microscopic texture of the matt finish catches oils and dirt, leaving those unwelcome reminders of culinary adventures. But fear not, for knowledge is power, and with the right tactics, you can transform your cabinets from fingerprint magnets to gleaming canvases of culinary pride.

Choosing the Right Weapons for the War on Grease

Before we plunge into battle, let’s assemble our cleaning arsenal:

  • Microfibre Magic: Invest in a set of lint-free microfibre cloths. These gentle warriors navigate the textured surface effectively, trapping dirt and leaving a streak-free finish.
  • The Soap Squad: Opt for mild dish soap or a dedicated cleaner for matt surfaces. Harsh chemicals can damage the delicate finish, so read the labels carefully.
  • Vinegar’s Vinegarance: This pantry hero works wonders on stubborn grease. Dilute white vinegar with equal parts water and use a microfibre cloth to gently apply. Remember, it’s potent, so test it on an inconspicuous area first.
  • Bicarbonate Brigade: Baking soda is your gentle abrasive friend. Mix a paste with a little water and use it to tackle tough grime. Apply in circular motions, then rinse with a damp cloth and buff dry.
  • Water Wisdom: Warm water is your friend, hot water your foe. Avoid scalding temperatures, as they can warp or damage the matt finish.

The Art of Matt Cabinet Cleaning

Now, let’s put theory into practice:

  • The Daily Dust-Up: Make regular wiping down a habit. A simple dry microfibre cloth can work wonders for preventing fingerprint build-up.
  • For Light Stains: For everyday splashes and smudges, mix mild dish soap with warm water in a spray bottle. Spritz the solution onto your microfibre cloth, not directly on the cabinets, and wipe gently. Dry immediately with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Tackling the Stubborn Foes: Grease and grime call for heavier artillery. Dilute white vinegar as mentioned earlier and apply to the affected area. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then gently scrub with a microfibre cloth and rinse with warm water. Dry thoroughly.
  • The Bicarbonate Blitz: For stuck-on food or caked-on grime, the baking soda paste comes to the rescue. Apply it in circular motions to the affected area, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse and buff dry.
  • Water Warriors Beware: Remember, use warm water sparingly and always wipe up spills promptly. Excessive moisture can damage the matt finish.

Prevention is the Best Polish: Keeping Your Cabinets Fingerprint-Free

Once your cabinets are gleaming, prioritize prevention:

  • Hand Hygiene Heroes: Encourage everyone to wash their hands before touching the cabinets. A little soap and water go a long way!
  • Dishcloth Discipline: Discard greasy dishcloths and towels regularly. They become dirt magnets themselves, transferring grime to your pristine cabinets.
  • Strategic Storage: Keep oily cooking ingredients like spices and oils tucked away in cabinets further from the cooking zone.

Please note that these approximate price ranges should serve as a general guideline. For a more accurate quote, it is advisable to consult with a professional kitchen designer or contractor.


With proper care and maintenance, your matt kitchen cabinets can be more than just fingerprint magnets. They can be stunning backdrops for culinary creativity, adding a touch of modern elegance to your home. Remember, a little knowledge and a lot of care go a long way in keeping them fingerprint-free and fabulously functional.

So, embrace the beauty of matt, sharpen your cleaning arsenal, and wage war on greasy fingerprints with confidence! After all, your kitchen should be a space of joy, not a battlefield for smudges. Now go forth and conquer, valiant home warriors!

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