Everyday Cabinet Care & Cleaning

Cabines

How should I clean my kitchen cabinets? – is a question we often hear from our customers. Here is what the cabinet manufacturers recommend:

Kitchen cabinetry is designed to withstand the daily use associated with normal household activities and should be treated like fine furniture.

Cleaning wood, painted (opaque), melamine and thermofoil cabinetry: Clean cabinet exteriors and interiors using a soft, damp micro-fiber cloth or chamois (not a paper towel) and a mild, non-detergent soap (we recommend 100 parts water and 1 part liquid dish soap). Dry immediately. Do not use abrasive soap pads, abrasive cleansers, steel wool, bottled spray cleaners, solvent-based cleaners or cleaners containing bleach. Wax or polish is not necessary and is not recommended. Excessive moisture can damage the finish. Do not spray cleaner directly on cabinet or allow moisture to seep into seams or joints. Do not leave damp cloths draped over cabinet doors or drawer fronts.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Cabinetry: Stainless Steel cabinet doors should be cleaned using a soft cloth and any stainless steel cleaner available at your local supermarket.

Cleaning High Gloss Acrylic Cabinetry: Typically the high-gloss acrylic surface is covered with a protective film from the manufacturer. Remove the film after all cabinet installation is complete. Use fingernail to remove, not sharp objects. Safely remove any adhesive near the edges with mineral spirits. High gloss acrylic surfaces will become more scratch-resistant during the first thirty days after the protective film is removed. It is advised to polish the acrylic doors immediately after removing the protective film, using a plastic polish, to accelerate the process. Monthly polishing is recommended. To clean high gloss acrylic cabinetry use a wet cloth with mild soap and water. Use only a clean, micro-fiber cloth, chamois or other very soft cloth. Do not use paper towels, brushes, scourers or scrapers. Never dry wipe. Avoid harsh household cleaners and abrasives such as acetone, chloroform, benzene, ammonia, thinners, caustic soda, toluene, xylene, dichloromethane, amylacetate, glacial acetate acid, butyl alcohol, butyl acetate, cellusolve, cresols/phenols, ethylacetate, chlorinated solvents, halogenated solvents, methyl alcohol, methyl ethyl keytone and sink and toilet bowl cleaners.