You’ve just spent weeks eagerly anticipating the delivery and installation of your new kitchen cabinets. They are finally in; so clean and perfect, you don’t want to get them dirty! Reality is they will get splattered and likely a little dusty here and there. The important thing is to know how to properly care for your cabinets to ensure longevity.

Depending on the material used for your cabinetry ie: stained wood doors, painted, thermofoil, etc., there are appropriate methods of cleaning and caring for your cabinets.

Let’s start with cleaning items to AVOID.

  • Do not use harsh chemicals, bleach, detergents or abrasive cleaners to clean your cabinets. Any product with ammonia should also be avoided.
  • Silicone based, wax or polishing products.
  • Scouring pads, steel wool, sponges with rough side. Although it might be tempting to scrub off the raspberry jam that has been sitting there overnight, with one of the previously mentioned aids, they will damage the surface of your cabinetry.
  • Sponges or dishcloths that you use to clean your dishes or other household items as they may carry dirt particles, grease, or remnants of other cleaning solutions.
  • Pre-moistened dusting sheets

Other advice on what to AVOID

  • Placing electric kettles or steamers directly underneath wall cabinets – the steam can discolour and or damage the finish of your cabinets
  • Do not hang wet tea towels or dish cloths over the cabinet door – it can lead to peeling and discolouration
  • Try to avoid direct sunlight – overtime, like leather furniture, the sun will discolour your cabinets
  • Letting splatter sit. If left on your cabinets too long, food splashes, grease, food stains and water spills can become more difficult to remove or could permanently damage your investment.

Ok, now that you’ve sworn to abide by the above recommendations, here is HOW TO care for your new cabinets. With any of the below finishes, we recommend setting aside 2 ‘cabinet specific’, lint-free, soft cotton cloths to clean and dry with.

WOOD cabinets with a Stain Finish:

  • Use a soft cloth moistened with a warm water – dry immediately
  • If a more thorough cleaning is needed, you can use a weak solution of mild dish detergent and warm water. Avoid using excessive water – dry immediately

Cabinetry with Painted Finish:

  • Use a soft cloth moistened with a warm water – dry immediately
  • If a more thorough cleaning is needed, you can use a weak solution of mild dish detergent and warm water. Avoid using excessive water – dry immediately
  • For cabinets with a High Gloss Finish – special care is required to avoid scratches – use a very soft cloth ensuring no particles are on/in it

Cabinetry with Thermofoil Finish:

  • Use a soft cloth and mild spray cleaner to remove any grease build up
  • Avoid products containing ammonia
  • Be particularly careful to shield cabinetry from steam and heat – when cooking, be sure to use your hood fan

For Cabinetry with Laminate Finish:

  • For any grease build up, use a soft cloth and mild glass spray cleaner
  • To avoid streaking, do no use a soap-based cleaner
  • Be particularly careful to shield cabinetry from steam and heat – when cooking, be sure to use your hood fan

Glass Doors

  • You can use an ammonia-free cleaner to clean the glass. Be sure to spray the cloth first and then wipe the glass – this will help eliminate potentially damaging the cabinets from the ‘off spray”

A regular wipe down with a clean, dry, soft cotton cloth is always a good idea, as it will help preserve your investment.

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