Caring For Cabinets

Your new cabinetry deserves good care!


Cabinetry Finish

The finish on your custom cabinetry meets or exceeds the standards set forth by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). This finish was carefully selected for its beautiful luster as well as its durability and resistance to moisture and common household chemicals. With proper care, your custom cabinetry will continue to look beautiful for years to come.

After Installation

To remove dust after your cabinets have been installed, wipe the surface with a clean, soft, damp cloth and dry promptly with a second clean, soft cloth. We recommend a non-silicone polish be applied with a soft, clean cloth, wiping with the grain of the wood. (The extended use of wax polishes can result in a wax film buildup, while the use of spray-type polishes that contain silicone can harm the finish.)

Basic Daily Cleaning

Always wipe up spills promptly with a clean, soft cloth. Water-soluble cleaning solutions are best for routine cleaning of your cabinetry. Use a clean cloth dampened with a solution of water and mild soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap or dishwashing liquid.
It is important to rinse the surface with clean water and immediately dry with a soft, clean cloth after cleaning you cabinetry. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, cloths, brushes or pads to clean your cabinetry.
Note: Do not use your dishcloth to clean cabinets. It may contain remnants of grease or dirt that can harm the finish.

Painted Surfaces

For general cleaning, use a dampened cloth of water and a mild dish detergent and wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. For stains or marks that are not removed by general cleaning, a cloth dampened with mineral spirits may help. It is recommended that a small inconspicuous area be tested when using any cleaner. Do not use abrasive cleaners or cleaners which contain ammonia.

High Pressure Laminate / Thermofoil / Melamine Surfaces

The surface is easily cleaned with a clean cloth moistened with water and a mild soap solution, wiped with clean water and then dried with a soft, clean cloth.

What To Avoid

Avoid the use of harsh chemicals, powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your cabinetry, since they will dull or harm the finish. Avoid cleaners that contain ammonia, bleach or citric acid. Excessive moisture is one of the worst enemies of any wood and finish. Avoid draping a damp dishtowel or other items over cabinet doors. Always wipe up spills promptly with a clean cloth and dry the surface.
Control humidity. Extremes in temperature and humidity can cause wood to expand and contract -- possibly damaging the finish on your cabinetry. A humidity level of approximately 40% is recommended.