Long Term Relationship: How to Care For and Maintain Your Cabinetry
August 1, 2019
Cabinets are just like anything else in life — the more love and effort you put in, the better your results will be. To keep your cabinets looking and functioning beautifully for the maximum amount of time, following proper and care and maintenance instructions is absolutely crucial. Taking good care of your cabinets starts from the day you unpack them and lasts until you’re finally ready to bid them farewell. Follow these simple guidelines to make sure you and your cabinetry live a long, happy life together.
Unpacking and Installing Your Cabinets
Upon receiving your cabinets, immediately store them in a secure, dry place until you’re ready to install them. Ask a second person to help you remove the cabinets from their boxes carefully and inspect each one closely for shipping-related damages. If everything looks good, be sure to work with a professional to install your cabinetry so as not to accidentally damage them.
After installation, wipe down your cabinets with a clean, damp cloth. Clean one small area at a time and immediately wipe dry to avoid moisture damage. Commercial cleaning and polishing products can provide extra protection for your cabinets, but be sure to research high quality products that are appropriate for your cabinets’ finish.
General Care Guidelines
High quality, all-wood cabinets are sturdy and should last decades provided they aren’t abused or neglected. Use common sense and care for them the way you would fine furniture. Be choosy about cleaning products and use caution when it comes to exposing them to heat, cold, humidity, or excessive dryness. Any shift in climate can cause wood to expand and contract. In most cases, minor settling will occur with time and can be easily remedied by simply adjusting the hardware. Still, it’s best to exercise caution when using high-heat appliances, such as the cleaning cycle on your oven.
In areas where moisture build-up may be likely, such as bathrooms, be sure to keep wood cabinetry as dry as possible.Use a fan to divert moisture from the room when showering and always clean up spills immediately.
Be wary of cleaners, sponges, pads, aerosols, and waxes. While these products may promise amazing results, many are abrasive and harsh. They can easily scratch, scuff, and scar your cabinets. Use a soft cloth and don’t be afraid to ask your cabinet supplier what cleaning products they recommend.