Maintaining That Beautiful Finish For a Long, Long Time….
Warm water and a soft, cotton cloth is generally enough for daily cleaning of your cabinets. If a more indepth cleaning is needed, try warm water mixed with a mild hand dishwashing liquid. After cleaning, be sure to throroughly wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue from the soap. Finally, dry all surfaces immediately with a clean, dry, soft cloth to prevent any streaks or spots.
Food Spills or Splatters
For the longest life of your cabinetry, clean up any spills or splatters immediately. The longer a spill, even food or water, remains on the cabinetry, the more likely it is to cause discoloration or permanent damage to your cabinetry finish.
Dusting, Waxing, and Polishing
As detailed above, a soft lint-free cloth should be sufficient for regular dusting. Packaged dusting sheets are unnecessary and not recommended. Aerosol dusting sprays and pre-moistened dusting sheets are not to be used and could damage the finish. Waxing is not recommended because overtime the polishing compounds may build up and cause a hazy, streaky, or yellowed appearance. Removing this build up is extremely difficult to do without further damaging the cabinet finish. For a long, bright life of your cabinet finish, regular dusting and gentle cleaning should be sufficient.
Cleaning Products to Avoid
The finish on your cabinetry is durable and designed to last for years. However, some harsh cleaning products can damage the finish. Here are a few to avoid:
– Harsh detergents or strong soaps, especially those with abrasives (tub and sink cleansers, scouring powder, self-polishing waxes)
– Rough or abrasive cloths or sponges: Dish towels and sponges can have texture or contain particles that could scratch your cabinets. Soemtimes leftover food or oils or residue from other cleaning products can stay hidden even in laundered dish rags. It’s best to dedicate a soft, cotton cloth just for cleaning your cabinets to prevent any scratches.
– Steel wool or scouring pads: for stubborn residue, try using a warm cloth to soften the material for removal, rather than risking damage to your cabinet finish by scouring or scraping at it.
– Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as nail polish removers, paint thinners, or mineral spirits.
– Ammonia: be sure to read labels of all cleaning products to be sure they do not contain ammonia.
– Bleach: be sure to read labels of all cleaning prodcuts to be sure they do not contain bleach.
– Silicone-based cleaning, waxing, or polishing products.