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.
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.
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.