Kitchen Cabinets Care and Cleaning Tips
Tips For Keeping Your New Kitchen Cabinets Looking Beautiful!
Dryer is Better – Keep cabinet surfaces dry and at a consistent temperature – drastic/quick temperature changes and excessive moisture can be harmful to the finish/paint and overall cabinet stability.
Dust Removal – For dust removal, simply use a soft, lint-free cotton cloth to wipe down the cabinet surfaces.
Basic Cleaning – For a basic cleaning, use a soft, lint-free cotton cloth dampened with a mild detergent or soap (make sure it’s ok for use on wood products), and warm water, then dry surfaces immediately. Never leave a cloth moistened with cleaners on a cabinet surface for any length of time.
Blot don’t wipe – For better results, use a blotting action instead of a wiping motion when cleaning.
Don’t Be Harsh! – Avoid using a dish cloth or sponge since harsh detergent residues may harm finishes/paints. Stay away from ammonia-based cleaners and soaps with dye and never use scouring pads, steel wool, wire brushes or powdered cleaners. Don’t allow oven cleaner to touch any part of the cabinet. Avoid sliding objects across the cabinet surface and be careful with knives and other sharp objects that can damage the cabinets.
If In Doubt, Don’t Use It – If you’re not sure of a cleaner’s suitability, don’t use it.
Wipe Spills Quickly – Food spills and grease will come off more easily if they are removed quickly. Wipe up spills and water spots immediately with a lint-free cotton cloth so moisture is not absorbed into the cabinetry.
Watch Out For Print – Don’t leave printed materials (newspapers, magazines, etc…) on the cabinet surface. The printing ink can bleed into the cabinet finish.
Avoid Moisture & Heat – Don’t drape wet or damp dish towels over doors of base cabinets, attach towel racks to the interior of cabinet doors and be sure to use trays under potted plants to catch excess water. Try not to place small kitchen appliances where the heat or steam is directed onto cabinet surfaces and always protect wood surfaces by using trivets/pads under hot items.
Glass Care – Use a household glass cleaner with a soft, clean cloth. Spray the cleaner on the cloth rather than the glass itself and try to avoid excess cleaner running into the cabinet joints and grooves.
Cleaning, Caring For and Maintaining Thermofoil Cabinets:
A damp cloth is usually all that will be needed however if it does not sufficiently clean an area, a non-detergent, nonabrasive household cleaner (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap) is recommended. Apply solvents to a clean cloth and never directly to the cabinet surface. Never leave a cloth moistened with solvents on a cabinet surface for any length of time.
Thermofoil cabinets can be cleaned with most nonabrasive household cleaners. However, cleaners containing acetone, acetate or ethyl alcohol should never be used. Harsh solvents and/or abrasives such as turpentine should also be avoided. If ammonia cleaners are being used, they should be diluted. Waxes may lead to discoloration and are not recommended.
Avoid Excessive Heat
Thermofoil cabinets are not heat-resistant so to prevent damage to the cabinets, heat shields must be installed between cabinets and major appliances (dishwashers, ranges, etc…) to help deflect excessive heat. Many appliances already come with built-in shields but they can also be purchased online or at local hardware stores.
Self-cleaning appliances generate intense heat during a cleaning cycle. Since the integrity of the appliance seal or gasket may be compromised during installation or with age, it is recommended to remove doors and/or drawers from cabinets next to to or directly above an appliance during a cleaning cycle. This will help prevent possible damage to the finish or surface of these cabinets.