We receive lots of calls from customers asking how to clean their cabinetry. Luckily, they want to care for them in the best way possible! Unfortunately, with a quick google search I found 6,190,000 results to answer that question. Six million answers — they can’t all be right. How can cleaning your cabinets be so difficult?
Here’s the problem; some sites are trying to sell you something, others are outdated, and none of them have any idea of how your cabinets are finished or what they have been exposed to.
We know our cabinet manufactures have a great finish, people tell us all the time. “My kitchen is 30 years old, and it still looks great.” Our cabinet manufacturers use industrial finishes to provide the best, durable finish for wood.
The care of your custom cabinetry
Our custom cabinetry has been built with the finest materials and craftsmanship to give you the long-lasting beauty you want from your cabinetry. Our custom cabinets are durable surface that should be treated like fine furniture.
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible.
- Dust cabinetry frequently with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Wipe cabinetry with a clean, damp cloth and a solution of mild, non-alkaline soap (like dish washing liquid) and warm water. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth, rubbing gently, following the direction of the grain.
- To clean interiors, a damp cloth with mild soap is all that is needed, wipe dry.
- When cleaning glass in door and mullion, do not spray glass cleaner directly on the glass. Ammonia may harm the finish on the cabinetry and hardware over the years. The best method is to spray cleaner on a towel, clean the glass and be sure to dry any wood areas.
- Repair any scratches or nicks with the touch up kit that is provided with every cabinet order.
If your kitchen cabinetry includes doors with glass inserts, please follow these cleaning guidelines. Spray an ammonia-free glass cleaner on a clean, soft lint-free cloth or paper towel. Avoid spraying cleaner directly on the glass as over-spray may cause damage to the wood finish.
Periodically use mild soap and warm water to clean door and drawer hardware. After cleaning, dry and buff hardware with a clean, soft cloth. Do not use brass and silver polishes. These polishes contain harsh chemicals that can damage the hardware’s surface.
But Use Caution
- Harsh cleaners on finishes and hardware can break down protective coatings.
- Avoid hard rubbing or scrubbing as well as the use of abrasive pads and cleaners.
- Avoid leaving wet or damp items, such as towels or flowerpots, in contact with any wood surfaces.
- Avoid cleaners and polishes containing silicone, as they are not recommended for our finishes.
- Avoid excess heat, which may break down or discolor your finish.
The Occasional Touch-up
The finish on your cabinets was designed for your life, but in the event you get the occasional bump or knick, use the manufacturer’s touch-up kit to make it look new again.
With proper care your cabinetry will bring you years of pleasure!