After having custom cabinetry installed, your facility’s new furnishings should provide a lifetime of use with proper care. Proper care requires careful cleaning, polishing and avoidance of damaging cleaners.
Many substances become difficult to remove and may stain or cause other damage upon prolonged contact. If a spill occurs, wipe it promptly with a damp cloth or sponge and dry the surface immediately. Use a blotting action rather than a wiping action to remove the substance.
To remove buildup of contaminants, wipe down cabinets using a soft cloth dampened with warm water every two weeks or more often if necessary. If water alone does not clean cabinets completely, mix a little mild dishwasher soap with the water. Wipe down wood cabinets in the direction of the grain. Use a soft cloth to remove any residual moisture that may be left on the cabinets.
If routine cleaning does not remove stains or built up grime, create a paste by mixing baking soda with water. Place the paste on a sponge and scrub the stain until it disappears. Rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth. A mix of vinegar and water is another option for removing sticky grime or film from custom cabinets. Avoid using harsh or acidic cleaners, waxes and abrasive cleaning materials which can all damage the finish of your cabinetry.
Avoid Excessive Moisture
Excess water is one of the worst enemies of any finish. Cabinetry near sinks and dishwashers most susceptible. Dry off any areas immediately where water has spilled. Avoid draping dish towels or other wet items over doors or placing coffee makers where steam vents directly onto cabinet surfaces.
Avoid Temperature and Humidity Extremes
Extreme temperature and humidity levels can cause wood to expand and contract, swell or warp, and dry out– possibly damaging the finish of your cabinetry. It is important to control the temperature and humidity in your facility all year long.
Avoid Light Damage
Direct sunlight exposure can have a damaging effect on your cabinets especially those made from natural wood. Use window coverings to help reduce or eliminate damage caused by exposure to direct sunlight.
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