Before your cabinets reached your home, they were inspected to ensure a quality finished product. Here are some recommendations for caring for your cabinetry.

WOOD CARE RECOMMENDATIONS

As with all wood products, avoid excessive moisture. We design our cabinetry specifically for indoor use; we do not recommend it for outdoor applications. If storing your cabinetry in a place before installation where the temperature and humidity levels differ from your home, such as a garage or basement, it may take some time for the wood to acclimate itself to its new environment. Slight adjustments may be necessary. After installation, wipe down all exteriors and interiors with a damp cloth to remove dust. Work on a small area at a time and wipe dry. Be careful not to scratch the surface when wiping dust and debris. Regular cleaning requires only wiping with a damp cloth and then drying. For removal of oil, grease or general soil, we recommend our Cabinet Care Kit. You may also use warm water and any mild commercially available emulsion type cleaner, because it doesn’t use wax, petroleum solvents or silicones. The extended use of wax polishes can result in a wax film buildup, while the use of silicone polishes can harm the cabinet’s finish. Avoid spray-type polishes containing petroleum solvents, as they are flammable and toxic if swallowed. Use a damp cloth when cleaning normal household spills. After wiping thoroughly, dry the surface with a lint-free cotton cloth. Always dry the surface immediately. Never use detergent, abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powdered
cleansers. Do not allow oven cleaner to touch any part of the cabinet. It is important to wipe up spills as they occur. Give special attention to areas around the sink and dishwasher. Avoid draping damp or wet dishtowels over the door of the sink base cabinet. Over time, this moisture can cause permanent water damage to the door. For convenient unobtrusive storage, you can purchase an out-of-the-way sliding towel rack.

NOTE: Do not use a dishcloth to wipe your cabinets, since it may contain remnants of grease or detergents.

THERMOFOIL, HIGH-GLOSS FOIL & WOOD-GRAIN FOIL CARE RECOMMENDATIONS

Thermofoil, High-Gloss Foil and Wood-Grain Foil cabinetry can be cleaned with warm water and a cotton cloth. If a damp cloth does not sufficiently clean an area, we recommend a non-detergent, non-abrasive household cleaner (such as Murphy® Oil Soap). DO NOT USE agents containing acetone, concentrated alcohols, acetate or ethyl alcohol. Avoid using solvents and/or abrasives, such as turpentine, as they may break down bonds on edge banding. We recommend against using waxes or products containing wax because it may lead to discoloration. IMPORTANT NOTES: Never leave a damp cloth on a cabinet surface for any length of time. Based on independent testing, discoloration will occur to white doors and cabinet parts after prolonged exposure to tobacco smoke.

AVOIDING EXCESSIVE HEAT

Self-cleaning appliances generate intense heat during a cleaning cycle. The integrity of the appliance seal or gasket may be compromised during installation or with age. For thermofoil or laminate door styles, we recommend installing a heat shield (order code HSD.WH) on adjacent cabinets. We also recommend removing doors and/or drawers from cabinets adjacent to or directly above an appliance during a cleaning cycle to help prevent possible damage to the cabinet’s finish or surface.

CARE & CLEANING OF DECORATIVE HARDWARE

Periodically, use mild soap and warm water to clean door/drawer knobs or pulls. Thoroughly dry all hardware joints and surfaces and the surrounding area with a clean, soft cloth. Buff hardware with a clean, dry cloth. Lubrication of hinges is not necessary; however, you can clean or dust hinges using cotton-tipped swabs. CAUTION: DO NOT USE brass and silver polishes as they may contain harsh chemicals that can damage the hardware’s surface.

REPAIR OF SCRATCHES AND SCRAPES ON WOOD WITH TOUCH-UP PEN

Touch-up Pens are used to add or alter color to a worn edge, a gouge or to color a scratch.

  • Evaluate the damaged area – is it repairable? How much touch-up will be required? Is professional help required? Proceed only if confident of skill level.
  • Make sure the surface that you are touching up is clean and dry.
  • Shake the touch-up pen vigorously with the pen cap on for one minute.
  • Take off the cap and hold the pen in an upright position (tip pointing up) and depress the tip of the pen for a few seconds.
  • Hold the pen in a downward position and depress the tip onto a piece of cardboard until the tip becomes saturated. The tip should be moist but not dripping wet, you can remove excess amounts of marker fluid by dapping the tip onto the cardboard.
  • Use the pen to add color to the worn edge, a gouge or to color a scratch. Apply the fluid with light even strokes. You can blend the color and remove excess fluid with a clean rag.

REPAIR OF SCRATCHES, NICKS OR FRAME GOUGES ON WOOD WITH A SOFT FILL STICK

Fil-Stiks are used to fill small cosmetic defects like nail holes, nicks, gouges or small scratches.

  • Evaluate the damaged area – is it repairable? How much touch-up will be required? Is professional help required? Proceed only if confident of skill level.
  • Make sure the surface that you are touching up is clean and dry.
  • Optional: First color the area with a Touch-up pen and wipe off all excess pen fluid.
  • Apply the Fil-Stik with an even back and forth motion to completely fill in the damaged area. (Hint: For easier application, you may warm the stick by holding it in your hands for several minutes.)
  • Gently remove the excess Fil-Stik by either A) Rubbing over the treated area with a clean cloth until level or B) Lightly scrape over the excess stick with a plastic card.
  • Gently buff the area with a clean cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  • If the treated area is a little light in color, then a touch-up marker can be used to alter the color