How To Maintain Your Dream Kitchen
At Home Cabinet Care guide
Keeping cabinets clean is important in maintaining the 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 overspray 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 do to 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.
- Wipe cabinets down every 2 to 3 months with an emulsion type cleaner (such as Murphy Oil Soap).
- Use a cleaner that is formulated without wax, petroleum solvents or silicone. The extended use of wax polishes can result in wax film build-up, while the use of silicone polishes can harm the cabinet finish.
- Always spray the cloth, not the cabinet to ensure an even application.
- Chewing gum and candle wax is to be removed by applying a plastic bag filled with ice on the affected area until it is brittle enough to crumble away. Grease, crayon, lipstick or oil should be rubbed off with a damp cloth. Then use a mild detergent with warm water in conjunction with a clean soft cloth and dry immediately.