Caring For Your Cabinets

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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 depending on the style of door you choose, dust may collect.

The important thing is to know how to properly care for your cabinets to ensure longevity and protect your investment!

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 be avoided. These items will damage the finish on your cabinets
  • Avoid silicone based, wax or polishing products.
  • Scouring pads, steel wool, rough side of sponges. 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 item… they may carry dirt particles, grease, or remnants of other cleaning solutions – you do not want to spread them on your cabinets
  • Pre-moistened dusting sheets

Other advice on what to AVOID

  • Placing electric kettles or steamers directly underneath wall cabinets – the steam can damage the finish and/or discolour your cabinets
  • Draping damp towels or cloths over cabinet doors – it can lead to peeling and discoloration to cabinet doors
  • Direct sunlight – overtime, like leather furniture, the sun will discolour your cabinets
  • Not cleaning after you splatter! If left on your cabinets for too long, food splashes, grease, 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, cotton cloth is always good housekeeping 🙂

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