Cabinetry Care & Maintenance
The nature and beauty of all wood products can be best preserved through moments of care and simple maintenance
Dusting: Dust cabinets frequently with a soft lint-free cloth. You
can dampen the cloth slightly with water or a spray-type dust remover.
Spills: Clean up spills, splatters, and water spots as they occur.
Give special attention to areas near the sink and dishwater that come
in contact with moisture. Use a clean cloth and mild soap if necessary.
Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
Cleaning: There are a number of products available for your wood
cleaning needs. We recommend Guardsman. Their products are available at
many stores nationwide including Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart, and
Ace Hardware. A more economical way to remove grease buildup from
cabinets is to use Fantastik. Apply and remove quickly, then wash your
cabinets with a mild soap. After washing, dry thoroughly and apply a
Polishing: We recommend that you wash and polish cabinets once or twice each year. Use a light coat of quality furniture polish.
Never use detergents, soap pads or steel wool on your cabinetry.
These harsh abrasives will mar the wood finish. Additionally, we
recommend that you avoid the use of paste wax and polishes that contain
silicone; the wax buildup is difficult to remove and will leave a
residue that attracts dust.
We recommend that you do not mount heat-producing appliances (such
as coffeemakers and toaster ovens) beneath cabinets. Excess heat and
moisture from these appliances can damage cabinets.
Loads and Weight Limits
Properly installed cabinets can safely support an evenly distributed
load of 15 pounds per square foot of shelf, tray and drawer space, up
to a maximum of 50 pounds. Be sure that you load all cabinet bottoms,
shelves and trays evenly.
Stopping Problems Before They Occur
- Do not use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powdered cleaners.
These materials may penetrate the cabinet finish allowing moisture to
enter and cause deterioration.
- Do not use aerosol sprays containing silicones or paste waxes.
- Do not leave wet cloths on or near cabinets.
- Do not allow oven cleaners or other caustic cleaners to touch the cabinets.
- Follow instructions carefully for self-cleaning ovens and other kitchen appliances around cabinets.
Remedies For Common Kitchen Accidents
Most problems can be prevented by wiping up any spills as soon as
they occur. Follow these first aid suggestions for common househould
accidents. When removing a spot, begin at the outer edge and work
toward the middle to prevent the spot from spreading.
Food Spots/Water Spots
Clean cabinets as neeeded with a mild detergent or with soap and
water (use sparingly) and dry well using a lint-free cloth for both
washing and drying. Use cleaners and polishes designed for wood
cabinets and clean all surfaces as needed.
Rub grease, lipstick, crayon or oil with a damp cloth. Use cleaners
and polishes designed for wood cabinets and clean all surfaces as
Chewing Gum/Candle Wax
Apply a plastic bag filled with ice on top of the deposit until it
is brittle enough to crumble off. Use cleaners and polishes designed
for wood cabinets and clean all surfaces as needed.
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