How To Preserve Your Solid Wood Kitchen


Solid wood kitchens are not only beautiful but if treated with the proper care and maintenance provide a lifetime of use and satisfaction. So, what can you do ensure the beauty of your cabinets for years to come? Follow these simple tips on how to clean and polish your cabinetry and what products to avoid, and if you have a question, feel free to contact us.


After Installation
Following installation of your new kitchen cabinets, wipe down with a damp (not wet) soft cloth. Be sure to get all areas including the inside of the drawers and cabinets and all hardware. Once this is done, you’ll need to use another soft cloth to dry. Remember when wiping to go in the direction of the wood grain.


Routine Care & Maintenance
Grease and grime are common in kitchens but can damage cabinets and reduce the appeal of your cabinets. To remove build-up, wipe down cabinets with a warm dampened soft cloth at least once every two weeks. For tough to remove residue, combine water with a little mild dishwasher soap. Remember to dry with a clean soft cloth to remove any moisture.

Another common occurrence in kitchens are spills. Whether it’s a glass of wine or hot food, you’ll want to wipe it promptly with a damp cloth or sponge using a blotting action and dry the surface immediately. Many substances become difficult to remove and may stain if they have been allowed enough time to set on the surface.

Pay great attention to your cabinetry that is near the sink, dishwasher and baseboards. These areas are most susceptible to water and excessive moisture, the ultimate nemesis of any finish. Do not let the water settle and keep surfaces dry at all times. Avoid draping towels or other wet items over doors or placing coffee makers, kettles or heated appliances where steam vents directly onto cabinet surfaces.


Removing Stains
In the event that soap water is not enough to remove tough stains try creating a paste of baking soda and water and using a sponge with a non-abrasive scourer and scrub the stain until it disappears. Rinse with water and dry with a clean soft cloth. You can also combine vinegar and water to remove sticky grime or film from kitchen cabinets.
Some common cleaning products such as solvents, bleach, petroleum-based products, ammonia and strong detergents and soaps can also damage cabinets so avoid using them or any product that contains them


If you choose to polish your cabinets, choose one that does not contain silicone or wax. Wax builds up on the surface and causes yellowing which can damage your finish while silicones smudge and highlight fingerprints, and can be removed only with extreme measures. As an alternative consider using only high-quality cream furniture polishes or lemon oil which has been formulated for fine furniture once per year.


Now that you know how to easy it is to maintain a solid wood kitchen, perhaps you should consider one if you haven’t already. Millworks Inc. provides the highest quality custom cabinetry in the business with over 15 years of experience exceeding our customers’ expectations. Our capabilities encompass a variety of innovative styles from modern contemporary to more traditional looks and we have a wide selection of woods and hardware to choose from. Contact us today at 439-9242 to get started on your kitchen renovation.


  1. Becky on December 29, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    How do you prevent mold odours in cabinets and in closets? Since moving to Barbados, I noticed that my closets hold moisture as well as my kitchen cabinets. Do I need to buy a certain type of wood to prevent this?

    • Re-Shana Horton on January 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Hi Becky,

      Moisture issues can be as a result of construction procedures, design and or location. Without this knowledge, it is difficult to advise if the source of the moisture is not known.

      If the source of the moisture is from the air due to high humidity then clean the closets and cabinets from top to bottom. Remove mould and mildew. Mould and mildew can only survive if there is moisture. Let the surfaces of the closet/cabinets completely dry after cleaning. Once dried, ensure that clothes and other storage items are clean and dry before returning them to the closets/cabinets. Leave a door open routinely to circulate air throughout. If this fails, you may want to consider changing from solid doors to louvred closet doors for greater air circulation. In this case, cedar is a good choice. Give us a call at 439-9242 for a quote.

      If the source of the moisture is from or through the walls of the building then this needs to be corrected first as a change of material will not prevent mould and mildew in this case.

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