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*Wood Cabinet Care Recommendations*
As with all wood products, avoid excessive moisture. I do not recommend wood cabinets for outdoor use. If storing your cabinetry in a place before installation where the temperature and humidity levels differ from your home, such as a garage or basement, it may take some time for the wood to acclimate itself to its new environment. Slight adjustments may be necessary.
After installation, wipe down all exteriors and interiors with a damp cloth to remove dust. Work on a small area at a time and wipe dry.
You may clean and protect wood cabinetry finishes using any commercially available wood cleaning polish. We recommend an emulsion-type cleaner such as Murphy® Oil Soap, because it doesn't use wax, petroleum solvents or silicones. The extended use of wax polishes can result in a wax film buildup, while the use of silicone polishes can harm the cabinet's finish. Avoid spray-type polishes containing petroleum solvents, as they are flammable and toxic for swallowed.
Use a damp cloth when cleaning normal household spills. After wiping thoroughly, dry the surface with a lint-free cotton cloth. For stubborn stains, it may be necessary to use a mild detergent with warm water. Always dry the surface immediately. Never use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powdered cleansers. Do not allow oven cleaner to touch any part of the cabinet.
It is important to wipe up spills as they occur. Give special attention to areas around the sink and dishwasher. Avoid draping damp or wet dishtowels over the door of the sink base cabinet. Over time, this moisture can cause permanent water damage to the door.
For convenient unobtrusive storage, you can purchase an out of the way sliding towel rack from your local dealer.
Note: Do not use a dishcloth to wipe your cabinets, since it may contain remnants of grease or detergents.
Care and Cleaning of Decorative Hardware
use mild soap and warm water to clean door/drawer knobs or pulls. Thoroughly
dry all hardware joints and surfaces and the surrounding area with a clean,
soft cloth. Buff hardware with a clean, dry cloth. Lubrication of hinges
is not necessary; however, you can clean or dust hinges using cotton-tipped
Care and Cleaning of Cutlery Divider
Wipe wood cutlery dividers with a clean, damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Occasional wiping of the dividers with mineral oil will help maintain a rich appearance. For metal dividers, plastic single and tiered divider units, wipe clean with a damp cloth and periodically remove from the drawer and wash with a mild detergent and warm water. It is also safe to place these metal and plastic units on the top shelf of a dishwasher for cleaning. Do not use abrasives or chemical cleaners.
Care and Cleaning of Knife Section Unit
Constructed of hard maple and cork, you knife section holder can maintain its appearance by wiping it with a damp, clean cloth or sponge. Periodically, rub the solid wood portion with a cloth dampened with mineral oil, being careful to avoid moistening the cork bottom.
Care and Cleaning of Glass Door Inserts
If your kitchen cabinetry has glass door accents, a few precautions are necessary. Apply glass cleaner to a towel, not directly to the glass. Avoid cleaner contact with caned, white, gold or copper clad mullions.
Gently buff caning with 0000 steel wool, which will not scratch glass. Avoid steel wool buffing of joints on gold, copper or white clad caming, since this will remove the gold, copper or white coating. Protect white caning by coating with carnauba wax, available at local hardware or automotive stores.
Care and Cleaning of Mirrors
only onto a cloth, never directly onto the mirror. Do not allow the cleaner
to run or drip into the base trim. Avoid cleaners that contain sodium
hydrochloride, phosphoric acid or sulphur (found in products to prevent
mildew and fungus). Hair spray and other hair care products often contain
chemicals that are caustic to silver and may cause damage to the mirror
back. Do not use abrasives.