It doesn't matter if we use the fan or not, grease always migrates to the cabinets over the stove. I haven't found a great way to clean them. They're newer cabinets and have a decent coat of polyurethane over them, but I'm still scared of damaging the wood. Dh use d steam cleaner on them and it left streaks in the polyurethane. I've had the best luck with Dawn dish soap, but maybe I'm cleaning challenged, because I can't figure out how to keep enough soapy water on a vertical surface long enough to break down the grease and not drip all over the place. Ideas? How do you degrease wood and how do you maintain the clean?
The only thing that's worked for me is soapy water and lots of scrubbing. I repeat applications of soapy water until they are clean. I keep hardly anything inside the cabinets over the stovetop. The wasted space bothers me, but I don't like the grease/dust combination that collects on dishes there and I figure the heat damages any foodstuffs.
I also try to control the grease in the first place. I use as little as I can get away with when I saute and I never deep fry anything.
I have wondered if a citrus cleaner would do a better job, but I've never tried one because I clean mostly with soap or vinegar/baking soda. It might be worth trying.
Thanks. Yeah, I think I just need to get up there with a bucket of soapy water. I'd been (stupidly) just climbing up and down and rinsing the cloth in the sink because I was thinking it shouldn't take too much soap/elbow grease/time, but I'm apparently wrong! Thanks again for sharing your experience :)
Helpful hint: Just don't look over at your ceiling fan while you are up there ! I made that mistake and ended up spending the better part of an afternoon scrubbing, when all I expected was to wipe off one cabinet.
Good luck with it!