Before your cabinets reached your home, they were inspected to ensure a quality, finished product. Here are some recommendations for caring for your cabinetry.
Wood Care Recommendations
As with all wood products, avoid excessive moisture. We design our cabinetry specifically for indoor use; we do not recommend it for outdoor applications. If storing your cabinetry in a place before installation where the temperature and humidity levels differ from your home (such as a garage or basement), it may take some time for the wood to acclimate itself to its new environment. Slight adjustments may be necessary.
After installation, wipe down all exteriors and interiors with a damp cloth to remove dust. Work on a small area at a time and wipe dry. You may clean and protect wood cabinetry finishes using any commercially available wood cleaning polish. We recommend an emulsion-type cleaner such as Murphy® Oil Soap, because it doesn’t use wax, petroleum solvents or silicones. The extended use of wax polishes can result in a wax film buildup, while the use of silicone polishes can harm the cabinet’s finish. Avoid spray-type polishes containing petroleum solvents, as they are flammable and toxic if swallowed.
Use a damp cloth when cleaning normal household spills. After wiping thoroughly, dry the surface with a lint-free cotton cloth.
For stubborn stains, it may be necessary to use a mild detergent with warm water. Always dry the surface immediately. Never use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powdered cleansers. Do not allow oven cleaner to touch any part of the cabinet.
It is important to wipe up spills as they occur. Give special attention to areas around the sink and dishwasher. Avoid draping damp or wet dishtowels over the door of the sink base cabinet. Over time, this moisture can cause permanent water damage to the door. For convenient unobtrusive storage, you can purchase an out-of-the-way sliding towel rack.
NOTE: Do not use a dishcloth to wipe your cabinets, since it may contain remnants of grease or detergents.