How To Maintain Your Cabinetry

 

CW Kitchens Cabinet Care Guide

Keeping cabinets clean is important to maintain their finish. Here are instructions on how to properly clean your wood, thermo foil and laminate cabinets.

  • To clean cabinet doors, wipe your cabinets down with a damp cloth or towel. Use a lint-free cotton cloth to dry the doors immediately.

  • Pay special attention to areas around the sink and dishwasher.

  • For stubborn stains, use a mild detergent with warm water in conjunction with a clean soft cloth. Always dry the surface immediately to avoid water marks.

  • Never use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powdered cleansers.

  • Do not allow oven cleaner to touch any part of the cabinetry.

  • When cleaning glass doors with inserts, use a soft cloth and glass cleaner. Do not spray the cleaner directly on the glass door as oven cleaner may damage the finish. Spray cleaner onto a cloth and then wipe the glass clean. If the cleaner comes in contact with the finish on the door frame, wipe it off with a clean cloth and dry immediately.

TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Do not use a dish cloth to wipe the cabinet exterior as it may contain remnants of grease of detergents.

  • It is important to wipe up spills and water marks as they occur.

  • Avoid draping damp or wet dish towels over the doors.

  • It is recommended that with any cleaning that you only complete a small area at a time so that any moisture from the damp cloth will not sit on the cabinets for an extended period of time.

  • Always use handles when opening and closing cabinet doors. Skin oil can damage the finish.

  • Do not use a cleanser that is formulated with wax, petroleum solvents or silicone. The extended use of wax polishes can result in a film build-up, while the use of silicone polishes can harm the cabinet finish.

  • Grease, crayon, lipstick or oil should be rubbed off with a damp cloth. then use mild dish soap with warm water in conjunction with a clean soft cloth and then dry immediately.

  • When using kettles, coffee makers, steamers or crock pots, pull appliances out from under the upper cabinets and set at front of counter-top to let steam vacate the area. Steam can cause damage to the cabinetry.

  • Proper ventilation above the stove is important; be sure to purchase a hood vent that is adequate for your stove top. Heat can warp wood, discolour finishes, delaminate edges, peel finishes, split joints, and in some cases leave burn marks or even start a fire.

  • Stoves with a self cleaning feature have the possibility, with the heat generated through the sides, to cause damage to laminate counter-tops causing finished ends to peel.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Control the humidity level in your home. High humidity can warp wood, low humidity can cause shrinkage, and cracking. The recommended average residential humidity level is between 35% - 45%. This keeps your home comfortable while protecting your cabinets as well as other belongings and household structures.

  • Sunlight exposure on cabinets may cause discolouration, UV rays can also deepen the colour of your cabinets. To avoid this, minimize exposure by closing windows.

NEW HOME - STRUCTURAL CHANGES

  • When your new home is being constructed, the structural materials and various components are made to suit the requirements at the period of construction. When a house is completed, it will start to settle..

  • Settling may cause structural movement of the house; this movement may affect the cabinets as well as counter-top. Examples: Cabinet doors may need to be adjusted; counter-tops may separate from the wall and may cause the caulking to crack. This is not warrantied, a service fee is applicable to assess and/or make necessary adjustments.