The Care & Maintenance of Your Wood Cabinetry
The following are guidelines and recommendations to keep your cabinets beautiful.
- Regular exterior cleaning requires only wiping with a damp cloth and then drying. Remove oil, grease or general soil using a clean cloth dampened with a fresh solution of mild soap and water. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth, and then dry thoroughly. Never use soap pads, steel wool or cleaners that contain bleach, ammonia or abrasives. These agents may cause discoloration, marring or dulling of the finish. Do not wax or polish cabinet surfaces. Wax build-up will leave a residue that is difficult to remove.
- Do not use harsh detergents, strong soap, abrasive cleaners, or self-polishing waxes. All of these items can remove the cabinets’ factory-applied finish.
- Do not use a dishcloth to clean or dry cabinet exteriors. It may contain remnants of detergents and grease.
- Treat your cabinets as you would fine furniture and they will reward you with long-lasting beauty. Excess moisture is an enemy of any finish. Sink, range, dishwasher, oven and baseboard areas are the most susceptible. Immediately dry surface where water may have spilled, using a clean cloth. Avoid draping damp cloths or dishtowels over the cabinet doors. Over a period of time, this moisture could cause permanent damage to your cabinet finish.
- Routine cleaning will help prevent long term damage from smoke and grease. They should be avoided because they can form a hard film over time, dulling the finish.
- When possible, keep cabinets out of direct sunlight or close curtains during the sunniest part of the day. Direct sunlight will cause cabinets to lighten or darken over time.
- Try to avoid exposing your cabinets to very hot and cold environments. Extremes in temperature and moisture can cause wood to expand and contract, eventually damaging the finish
- We recommend that you allow your new cabinetry to acclimate itself to the environment of your home for 30 to 60 days. During this acclimation period, you may notice some shifting of doors that may make them appear to be warped or bowed. This is a normal occurrence as the wood in your cabinetry expands and contracts as it adjusts to its new environment.
- Do not try to fix a door if it appears warped or bowed during this acclimation period. Wait until at least 60 days pass, as it may take this time period for your cabinetry to settle into its natural form and shape.
- If for some reason your new cabinetry does not properly settle after this period of time please contact the Precision Works main office and we will resolve the issue with the best possible solution.
- Individual distinctions and characteristic’s are part of the beauty of any wood product. These naturally occurring variations create a sophisticated charm that makes your cabinets one of a kind.
- Much like fine leather, glazed tile or even precious gemstones, each piece of wood has its own unique traits. The type of soil the tree was grown in, the weather, even the amount of moisture and sunlight have effects on graining and induce delicate color variations.
- As with other natural materials, wood cabinetry will gradually darken or mellow in response to aging, light and UV exposure. Most likely, you'll never notice this subtle aging process unless, in a few years time, you compare your cabinets to brand new ones.