Care and Maintenance

Your new cabinetry has been crafted with the high quality industrial materials and finished to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment.

 

What to expect from natural wood cabinetry
Natural variations and differences in wood color and grain add personality and depth to customized kitchen cabinets. Over time, the natural luster of your cabinets will continue to deepen.

 

Variations in texture and tone will become more apparent in cabinets with a lighter finish, while darker finishes will create a more uniform look.

 

Wood is a natural material that responds to changes in environment. Small cracks may appear in your cabinets as a result of settling and changes in humidity. This is an entirely normal occurrence that cannot be prevented and will not affect the quality, value, or durability of your cabinetry.

 

Heat
Avoid placing kitchen appliances where heat is directed onto cabinet surfaces.
Self-cleaning appliances often generate intense amounts of heat during cleaning cycles. Avoid damage to the finish of your cabinets by using a heat shield to deflect excessive heat from your oven.

 

Exposure to light
In order to minimize changes to cabinet finishes, some people may wish to use window treatments that block direct sunlight exposure onto cabinets.

 

Weight
We recommend that you periodically check to make sure that you are not placing too heavy a load on interior shelves and drawer bottoms, as overly heavy or unbalanced loads can shorten the life expectancy of mechanical parts.


Do not allow children to climb on cabinets or drawers.


Our drawer rail manufacturer recommends not exceeding 75 lbs or 34 kg per drawer.

 

Choosing the right cleaning products

We recommend the use of a high quality mineral oil-based polish containing mild detergents and emulsifiers.

Apply detergents to a clean cloth and do not leave cloths moistened with polishes on cabinet surfaces for any length of time.

Do not apply polishes directly onto the cabinet surface.

It is best to avoid silicone cleaners. While silicone cleaners offer a high shine finish, over time the silicone will create a barrier that makes it almost impossible to refinish or touch up your cabinets when required.

Waxes should also be avoided as regular use may result in a build-up of wax on the surface of your cabinets that may attract dirt and other pollutants in the air, resulting in streaks and a duller finish. Waxes can also contain grit that may damage the surface of your cabinets.


Do NOT clean your cabinets with cleaning products that contain ammonia, abrasive additives, or bleach.

Avoid using scouring pads, steel wool and household dishcloths and sponges that may contain remnants of grease and harsh detergents.

 

After installation
Using a damp, soft cloth, wipe down your newly installed cabinetry, including the insides of all drawers, cabinets, and all hardware.

 

Remove any remaining moisture with a soft, lint free, dry cloth.

 

How to clean
Like all fine furniture, your cabinets should be dusted periodically with a damp or polish-infused cloth, as dusting with a dry cloth may scratch the surface of your cabinets over time. Residues left by cooking vapors, body oils and smoke can be removed using a small amount of good quality furniture cleaner or a mild detergent and a clean, soft cloth. Try to keep your cabinets dry by wiping up spills, water spots and splatters as they occur. After cleaning, dry surfaces immediately with a soft, lint free, dry cloth.

 

Cleaning hardware
Many brass and silver polish cleaners contain chemicals that can damage your cabinets over time. We recommend the use of a mild soap detergent and warm water to clean door and drawer knobs and pulls. Make sure to thoroughly dry all hardware joints with a soft cloth.