Tips to Help You Safely Clean Your New Wood Cabinets

If you have recently had new custom wood cabinets installed in your kitchen, you are probably thrilled about how they turned out. However, if you want to keep them looking amazing, you have to learn now to properly and safely care for this new element in your home. While the cleaning process may seem a bit daunting at first, it really isn’t and with the tips here, you will be on your way to amazing looking cabinets that look new longer.

Basic Cleaning Tips for Wood Cabinets

Basic maintenance for cleaning kitchen cabinets includes wiping the surface with a slightly damp and lint-free cloth and then wiping the surface dry right away. If you notice a greasy or oily spill, you can use a solution of water and mild soap, and then dry the surface right away.

Don’t ever use a sponge or dishcloth to clean your cabinet surfaces, as there may be harsh detergents that can damage the finish. Also, avoid any ammonia based cleaner, or soaps with dye, self-polishing waxes or abrasive cleaners.

Wipe Up Spills Right Away

It is extremely important that you keep the surfaces of your cabinets dry. You should wipe up any spills right away using a dry cloth, and a blotting motion, instead of trying to wipe the spill off of the surface.

Make sure to pay special attention to any areas where water is commonly around, such as near the sink and your dishwasher. Also, don’t allow the detergents or water to dry on the surface of the cabinet.

Avoid Exposure to Excessive Amounts of Moisture

This is the absolute worst enemy of any wood finish. You should never drape a wet towel over the cabinet door, and don’t attach towel racks to the interior of the door. Additionally, try not to place a tea or coffee maker in a location where the steam is going to affect the surfaces of your cabinets.

Avoid Exposure to Excessive Amounts of Heat

You should not place any appliances in locations where the heat is going to be directly on the surface. The wood’s finish and stability may be negatively impacted.

Avoid the Use of Abrasive Products

It is never a good idea to use scouring pads, powdered cleaners or steel wool, as these methods of cleaning may begin to penetrate the surface and allow moisture or food to enter and cause the finish to deteriorate.

The Bottom Line

When you have new wood cabinets installed, they are only going to remain in good shape if you take the time to care for them properly. By using the tips and information here you can help to extend the beauty and life of your wood cabinets.

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