6 Tips – How to Safely Clean Wooden Kitchen Cabinets
Keeping good maintenance on your kitchen cabinets could mean an enormous difference on your wallet. Follow these steps in keeping your kitchen cabinets clean and healthy.
1. BASIC KITCHEN CABINET CLEANING:
Wipe with a slightly dampened, lint-free cotton cloth and promptly wipe dry. For removal of oil, grease, or daily spills, you may use a solution of mild soap and water, then dry promptly with a soft, lint free cotton cloth.
Avoid using a dishcloth or sponge to clean cabinet surfaces as it may contain remnant of harsh detergents that can harm the finish. Do not use ammonia-based cleaners, soaps with dye, abrasive cleaners, or self-polishing waxes (especially those that contain silicone). We do not recommend using furniture polish on the surface of your cabinetry.
2. WIPE SPILLS PROMPTLY:
It is very important to keep the cabinet surface dry. Wipe up spills immediately using a dry cloth with a “blotting” motion, rather than wiping the spill from the cabinet surface.
Pay special attention to areas where water is common, such as the sink and dishwasher, and do not allow water and detergents to dry on the cabinet surface.
3. AVOID EXCESSIVE MOISTURE:
This is one of the worst enemies of any finish. Avoid draping wet towels over cabinet doors. Do not attach towel racks to door interiors and do not place coffee or tea makers where the steam will directly impact cabinet surfaces.
Immediately dry off any areas where water has spilled.
4. AVOID EXCESSIVE HEAT:
Avoid placing cabinet appliances where the heat is directed onto cabinet surfaces. The stability of the wood and finish can be negatively impacted.
5. AVOID ABRASIVES:
Never use scouring pads, steel wood, or powdered cleaners as these methods of cleaning may penetrate the surface, allowing food or moisture to enter and cause deterioration of the finish.
6. FINAL THOUGHTS:
Wood products and their finish are only as good as the care they receive. Proper care such as we recommend will extend the life and beauty of your cabinetry. Remember, leaving water or other moisture on the cabinet surface for extended periods of time will harm the finish and will not be covered under any warranties.
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