Cabinetry can be a significant investment in your home, so it’s important to take good care of it to ensure it lasts for many years. Here are some tips on how to take care of your cabinetry:
At Kitchen Art Design our lacquer coat takes about 21 days to cure. Any washing of the cabinets must be done with a soft cloth dampened with only water and wrung out until almost dry. Any chemical cleansers will damage the lacquer finish.
Tip 1: Choose the right cloth
Maintaining the appearance of your cabinetry is essential, and wiping them down regularly is a great way to keep them looking their best. However, it’s crucial to avoid using dish cloths or sponges as they may have grease or detergent residue that can damage the cabinets.
Instead, it’s recommended to use a soft, warm, damp cloth to remove dust, dirt, and grime. Choose a lint-free cloth to avoid residue. For food stains or grease, use a wooden cabinet degreaser and a cheesecloth, chamois, or old shirt to wipe away the mess.
By incorporating these tips into your cleaning routine, you can maintain the pristine appearance of your cabinetry for years to come.
Tip 2: Choose the right cleaning solution
When it comes to cleaning your cabinets, it’s important to avoid using harsh chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia, as they can damage the finish. Instead, opt for a mild soap (Murphy’s oil soap) and water solution or a specialized wood cleaner to keep your cabinets looking their best.
Here is a list of chemicals and products to stay away from
- Abrasive additives (petroleum solvents)
- Powdered cleaners
- Strong detergents and soaps
- Nail polish remover
- Paint thinners
- Plastic brushes
- Steel wool
- Scoring Pad
It’s important to avoid any contact between wood surfaces and oven cleaners.
If you prefer natural cleaning solutions, using hand washing dish soap can be an effective option. You can even make your own 3 step cleaning solution at home.
Here are the steps
Option 1: Mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap into 2 cups of warm water
Option 2: Mix vinegar and water
Then apply cleaning detergent to your cabinets with the recommended cloths as explained before.
After preparing your cleaning solution, apply it to your cabinets using the recommended cloth types mentioned earlier. However, if you want a guaranteed clean, consider investing in a cleaning product specifically made for wooden cabinets.
By following these tips, you can safely and effectively clean your cabinets without damaging the finish or leaving behind any residue.
Tip 3: Be Mindful of Water
To prevent damage to your cabinets, it’s important to avoid leaving wet or damp items on them as this can cause the wood to warp, stain or swell. Use a towel rack or throw the cloth in the laundry to prevent moisture buildup.
Make sure to dry cabinets with a dry cloth thoroughly after cleaning to prevent damage. Don’t soak cabinets with liquids, wipe spills immediately to prevent finish damage.
Tip 4: Avoid extreme temperatures
To maintain the quality and appearance of your cabinets, it’s essential to avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures. The heat generated by stoves or heaters can cause the wood to expand or contract, which can lead to damage to the finish.
Drawers next to self-cleaning ovens need to be opened during the self-cleaning cycle.
It’s also important to avoid placing hot pans or dishes directly on the cabinet surfaces, as this can cause heat damage to the finish. Using a trivet or hot pad will help protect the cabinet and keep it looking new for longer.
In addition, it’s recommended to avoid placing small kitchen appliances where heat is directed onto cabinet surfaces. For instance, it’s best to avoid turning on a kettle directly underneath your cabinetry. Doing so can lead to damage over time and compromise the overall integrity of the cabinets.
By following these simple guidelines, you can help ensure that your cabinets remain in top condition.
Tip 5: Handle with care
To keep your cabinets in good condition and avoid premature wear and tear, it’s important to be mindful when opening and closing doors and drawers. Slamming them shut can cause damage to the hinges and hardware, as well as cause the wood to warp or crack over time.
To prevent damage, make sure to close doors and drawers gently and avoid excessive force. If you have children in the house, it’s a good idea to teach them to be gentle when handling cabinets as well.
Tip 6: Use felt pads
Protect your cabinet surfaces from scratches and damage caused by decorative objects with affordable and easy-to-use felt pads. Simply attach them to the bottom of the item using adhesive backing for a soft barrier. Felt pads are available in various shapes and sizes at hardware or home goods stores, helping you preserve your cabinet’s appearance and prevent wear and tear.
Maintaining your cabinetry is important to keep it looking beautiful and functional. Following these simple but important steps, such as using the right cloth, cleaning solution, being mindful of water and drying, and avoiding harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures, can help you achieve this.
Lastly, considering using felt pads on the bottom of any items that may scratch or damage the surface of your cabinets is also a good idea. With these tips, you can ensure that your cabinetry remains a standout feature in your kitchen
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