Caring for your Cabinets

The kitchen is the center piece of your home so caring for it should be a top priority. Here are four quick tips:

Clean splatters and spills immediately: In a kitchen, inevitably your cabinet surfaces will Rob_Rice_Homesencounter liquid spills and splatters from cooking and other activities. It’s important to keep your cabinet’s clean and dry at all times. Wipe up any materials that could cause permanent staining or other damage.

Avoid harsh cleaners: Many household cleaners contain materials that can be harmful to certain surfaces. This is especially true for cabinets, depending on the finish. For this reason, we suggest avoiding using harsh, chemical cleaners on your cabinets.

Dusting: It’s not often that you see people dusting cabinets and other items in a home anymore, but this cleaning method can help preserve your cabinets. In addition, avoid using aerosol sprays for dusting or any cloth that isn’t free from both cotton and lint. The presence of these materials can scratch your cabinets and destroy the finish.

Keep cabinets free from moisture: Our cabinets are all made of wood, specifically alder. Because of this, it’s important that they are protected from prolonged exposure to moisture at all times. Water can break down cabinet finishes and also cause wood to become disfigured and warped. Avoid placing wet dishtowels and other damp materials inside cabinets or hanging on doors.

There are many other steps you can take to keep your kitchen cabinets looking shiny and new. Ideally, you want to maintain your cabinets in such a way that they look as good as they did from the first day they were installed. This will require a lot of work, but it will most certainly be worth it.