Protect Your Investment: How to Take Care of your New
So you finally completed your cabinet project and things are
finally getting back to order. You’ve got all the dishes,
glasses, linens, clothes, etc. to put back where they belong and
you are ready to be finished. However, before putting all of
your items back, we’ve put together a comprehensive cabinet care
guide to make sure that you’ll be able to enjoy your cabinets
for years to come. You’ve likely spent a good deal of money
getting them to look just right so why take chances? Put
the extra time in to protect your investment and you'll be glad
Cabinet Cleaning Guide
When cleaning your cabinets there are some very important things
to keep in mind to make sure you don’t cause damage. The first
thing is to make sure you have the right cleaning solution. We
recommend using products such as Spic and Span Pine Cleaner,
Guardsman, Fantastik or Murphy’s Wood Cleaner. It is important
to make sure that any cleaner you use is a mild detergent and
does not contain ammonia or bleach as this will cause damage.
This is especially true when cleaning the glass components of
cabinets. If you need to clean the glass, make sure the glass
cleaner does not seep into the wood. You may even need to
remove the glass panels to clean them so that no harmful
chemicals touch the cabinet surfaces. Further, when shining up
the finish on your cabinets, make sure you don’t use a product
that contains silicone as this will cause wax build up which
hurts the finish and is also difficult to remove. To improve shine,
we recommend products like Pledge or Lemon Wood Plus.
Once you are certain you are using the correct cleaning
solution, the next step is to make sure you are using the proper
cleaning utensil. You should never use anything abrasive such as
steel wool or gritty soap pads. This is not like cleaning your
pots and pans. Your best bet is to use a soft cloth. Don’t use a
cloth that you use to clean your other dishes with as it may
contain grease or other materials that will be harmful to your
cabinets. Lastly, if you first wipe the cabinets with a
soft damp cloth, be sure to follow it up with a dry cloth to remove
any moisture or wetness.
Long Term Cabinet Care
Follow the simple guidelines below to keep your cabinets looking
brand new over time:
- Dust, clean, and shine your cabinets at least once every 1-2
- If at all possible, avoid direct sunlight on your cabinets for
extended periods of time. You may need to use window treatments
or curtains to block the sun. Excessive and prolonged sunlight will cause the
finish to fade.
- Avoid excessive heat. Make sure your oven is properly
sealed if you have cabinets above it. Hot air rises and if not
properly sealed it could cause damage.
- Avoid excess moisture. If you have cabinets above a dishwasher, make
sure the dishwasher is sealed and that the steam isn’t hitting the
cabinets. If you spill, clean it up quickly and don’t leave any
water behind. Also, don’t drape your wet dish towels over your
cabinet doors. Water is a cabinet’s worst enemy as it can cause
warping, fading or even rotting.
- Avoid excessive weight. Don’t overload the shelves of your cabinets.
Too much weight can cause them to bend or sag over time.
- Fix chips and scratches. If you see any small chips or scratches,
many home stores sell wax pencils you can use to remove them.
They are easy to use and very inexpensive.
- Keep an eye on hardware (hinges, handles, etc). You should periodically check
the screws and hinges in your cabinet hardware. Tighten when
necessary to avoid more severe damage.
Need More Help From a Cabinet Professional
If you need further assistance with cabinet maintenance or
cabinet repairs, we offer Free Cabinet Estimates from local
qualified contractors. Our service is free and has no