Care and Maintenance

Cabinets

  1. Wipe with a soft cotton cloth and a solution of mild liquid dish soap, then dry with another soft cloth. Never use detergent, strong soaps, abrasives, or waxes. Bleaches, solvent-based cleaners, nor ammonia should be used either. They can damage the finish and leave a residue that airborne grease will stick to.
  2. Do not wipe cabinets with a dishcloth. A dishcloth can contain soap, grease, and other soil which can damage the finished surface.
  3. Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain.
  4. Excessive moisture is the enemy of any finish or wood product. Do not allow water or other liquids to be in contact with the outside or inside surfaces for a prolonged period of time. If you are storing cleaners containing ammonia, make sure that they are securely sealed and in the original containers. These can lead to your cabinets becoming yellowed due to the exposure to ammonic fumes.
  5. Avoid steam coming into contact with the finishes, this may result in the delaminating of the edgebanding or vinyl wrap and finishes may dull.

Laminate Countertops

  1. Heavy or rough objects should not be slid across the surface, as it can lead to scratches and chips. Cutting boards should also be used to prevent scratching.
  2. To prevent your countertop from bubbling or scorching, do not put hot cookware, toaster, or other small appliances directly on the laminate surface. Try to use trivets or insulated pads at all times.
  3. A mild detergent and water solution should be used with a soft cloth or sponge to clean your countertop. Abrasive and scouring pads or cleaners should not be used, because they can scratch or leave a film on your finish, which may make your countertop more prone to staining.
  4. For stain removal, first start with a soft-bristled brush and a more concentrated solution. If the stain resists that then use a paste made of baking soda and water used with a softbristled brush. Scrub gently between 10-20 strokes. Stubborn stains persisting after these have been tried may require that you use undiluted bleach or nail polish remover.
  5. Apply to the area for no more than 2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.