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Cabinet care tips

After making a decision about new cabinetry, it’s a good idea to think about the care required to ensure their long beautiful life in your kitchen or bath.

Here are easy to follow tips for long-lasting cabinet beauty:

  • After installation is complete, wipe the cabinets with a clean, soft cloth dampened slightly with water. Dry immediately with another clean, soft cloth, wiping in the direction of the wood grain.
  • Regular cleaning requires only wiping with a dampened cloth and then drying thoroughly.
  • Oil, grease, or general soil build up can be cleaned using a solution of mild dish soap and water. Rinse thoroughly with a clean cloth dampened with clean water and dry thoroughly.
  • Cover nicks and scratches with the tinted putty stick provided by your cabinet manufacturer.
  • Warning: Excess moisture will harm any finish. Promptly remove water spills and excess moisture from cabinets using a clean, soft cloth.
  • Avoid the use of harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaners, self-polishing waxes, ammonia solutions, or aggressive acids on cabinets. These products could have a deteriorating effect on the cabinet’s finished surface.
  • Avoid the use of a dishcloth or sponge to clean or dry cabinets, as they may contain remnants of detergent or grease.
  • Avoid the use of stiff paper towels or scouring pads that may leave behind fine scratches.
  • Avoid the use of waxes and polishing compounds, which tend to build up over time, causing a hazy, streaky appearance.


Extremes in temperature and humidity can cause wood to expand and contract, swell, warp, and dry. It is important to control the temperature and humidity within your home.

Steps to take to protect your wood cabinetry due to changes in humidity

  • Measure the humidity inside the home using a digital thermometer-hygrometer.
  • Maintain humidity at or above 20 percent when temperature is below 20 degrees, and over 35 percent when temperature is above 20 degrees. This can be accomplished by using whole-house or portable humidifiers.
  • Recognize that finished wood responds to humidity over several days or weeks. It will take time before wood returns to normal after any correction to the environment.
  • Don’t overdo it! Significant condensation on windows is a sign humidity levels are too high.

For further clarification consult the cabinet manufacturer’s literature or call your cabinet design professional.