Caring For Wood Kitchen Cabinetry
Taking care of the fine wood kitchen cabinetry you have in your home will keep it looking beautiful for many years to come. From regular dusting to cleaning splatters and spills, you can help maintain the beauty of your cabinetry by following these recommendations on how to clean cabinets.
Routine Dusting and Cleaning
Use a clean, soft lint-free cotton cloth for regular dusting. Dusting the wood kitchen cabinetry should be done as frequently as you dust the other rooms of your home. Packaged dusting sheets are not required or recommended. Do not use pre-moistened dusting sheets, and do not use aerosol products made for dusting.
Clean spills and splatters immediately. Prolonged exposure to spills, including food, water or other liquids, or to oil and grease splatters, can cause permanent discoloration or damage to your cabinet’s finish.
To give a more thorough cleaning, a soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your wood kitchen cabinetry. If more thorough cabinet cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water. After cleaning your cabinets, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth.
Always avoid using harsh cleaning products on your fine wood kitchen cabinetry. The following cleaning products may cause damage to cabinetry:
- Harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaning products such as tub and sink cleansers, scouring powder, scouring pads, steel wool or self polishing waxes.
- Sponges or dish cloths. They are too rough for cabinets and may contain particles that could scratch your cabinets, or they may contain food and oil residue or remnants of harsh cleaning solutions used in other clean up.
- Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as mineral spirits, nail-polish removers or paint thinners.
- Ammonia or cleaning products that include ammonia.
- Bleach or cleaning products that include bleach.
- Silicone-based cleaning, waxing, or polishing products.
Waxing and Polishing
Waxing is not required or recommended. Over time, waxing and polishing compounds may build up on the surface of your cabinets and cause a hazy, streaky or yellowed appearance. This wax build-up is very difficult to remove.
Cleaning Glass Cabinet Doors
Extra care is required when cleaning glass cabinet doors. Spray an ammonia-free glass cleaner on a clean, soft, lint-free cloth or paper towel. Do not spray cleaner directly on the glass. It could seep behind the window dividers and cause damage.
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