Caring for your Cabinetry
Color and grain variations are natural characteristics in authentic wood surfaces. Since no two trees are exactly alike, these variations are evident in every piece of real wood. Natural variations are blended somewhat by the application of toners and stains. These finish applications are not designed to eliminate, but to enhance the charm and unique characteristics of the natural wood. The following care suggestions will ensure the longest possible service and beauty of the high-quality finish applied by Quality Cabinet to your cabinets.
Use clean, soft cloths only when cleaning your cabinets. Clean all surfaces with a damp cloth, drying immediately with a dry cloth. If you choose to apply wax to the cabinets, pick a wax that contains no cleaner. Apply the wax as instructed in the “Furniture Treatment” section below.
Wipe the cabinet surfaces with a clean, damp cloth and then dry with a clean cloth. Mild soap and water applied with a clean cloth can be used to remove oil, grease or other material from the surface. All soap residues should be rinsed from the surface using a clean, damp cloth.
SCRATCHES AND NICKS.
These can be eliminated or hidden by using a touch-up color marker on shallow scratches, or by using a matching wood-tone putty stick on deeper scratches or nicks. These areas can then be blended with surrounding areas using a light coat of wax. Touch-up markers and putty sticks are available from Quality Cabinet.
To maintain the beauty of your cabinets, care for them as you would any piece of fine furniture. The state-of-the-art, ultraviolet-cured Quality Cabinet finish does not require wax. However, if you do choose to wax your cabinets, apply the wax to a soft, clean cloth then use this cloth to wipe the surface of the cabinets.
THINGS TO AVOID.
Do not wipe your cabinets with a dishcloth. A dishcloth can contain soap, grease and other soil that can be detrimental to the finished surface. Do not use detergents, strong soap, abrasive cleaners or self-polishing waxes which can also be harmful to the finish. Keep the finished surfaces dry. Dampness next to dishwashers, sinks and toekick areas can cause finish damage and later damage to the underlying wood if not dried as it occurs.
THERMOFOIL AND LAMINATE SURFACES:
Thermofoil doors and cabinets with laminate surfaces are manufactured using materials that are designed for easy care. Years of service and beauty can be maintained by following these easy suggestions:
Clean all spills immediately using a soft cloth dampened with clean water, then dry immediately.
Oils, grease and other soils that do not respond to water can be removed with a solution of mild soap and water. The surface should be rinsed immediately with a clean, damp cloth and dried thoroughly.
THINGS TO AVOID.
Do not use your dishcloth to clean your cabinets, because it may contain grease, detergent or other household chemicals that may damage the cabinet surface. Do not use wax on thermofoil or laminate cabinets.
The standard interior on cabinets is a non-absorbent vinyl surface that resists scuffing, marring and repels most household spills. Cabinets with finished wood interiors are protected by an ultraviolet-cured finish that is extremely durable. To clean either of these surfaces, simply wipe with a damp cloth or sponge and dry thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.