Q: I have been using Murphy Oil Soap exclusively to clean my kitchen cabinets since they were installed in 2009. Recently sunlight was hitting the two cabinets under my sink, and I was rather surprised to see streaks and film. I called the place where we got the cabinets, and they recommended Guardsman products, which I am going to try now. But I wondered if you had ever heard of or experienced a problem with Murphy.
— N.H., North Canton
A: Most kitchen cabinets have a hard factory finish, so when you clean the cabinets, you’re really cleaning the finish, not the wood. Oil soap can leave an oily residue.
Although some cabinet manufacturers do recommend Murphy Oil Soap, you might have better luck with a product made specifically for cleaning kitchen cabinets. Guardsman’s cleaning products are generally well-regarded. Another cabinet cleaner I’ve heard cabinet retailers recommend is Cabinet & Wood Magic.
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