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Maintenance and Care of your Cabinet

Wood products require special care and knowing that we have some tips that can make increase the lifetime of your cabinet.

The wood surfaces, being natural, have characteristics such as burl grain, open knot, Bird’s eye, mineral streak, Heartwood**

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As a general rule, keep all cabinet surfaces dry at all times.

Cabinet surfaces shall be dried immediately with a soft, lint-free cotton cloth or paper towel.
Avoid using a dish cloth or sponge. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners and soaps with dye, Harsh detergent residues may harm cabinet finishes.

As with all wood products, quick temperature changes and excessive moisture can be harmful to the cabinet finish and overall cabinet stability.

Basic Cleaning

To remove dust after installation and for initial cleaning, use a soft, lint-free cotton cloth to wipe down all exterior and interior surfaces.

For regular basic cleaning, use a soft, lint-free cotton cloth dampened with a mild detergent or soap and warm water. For best results, use a blotting action rather than a wiping motion, when cleaning.

Wipe up food spills and water spots immediately with a lint-free cotton cloth, so moisture is not absorbed into the cabinet surfaces.

Cleaning of glass door insert

Use a household glass cleaner with a soft, clean cloth.
Apply the glass cleaner directly to the cleaning cloth rather than on the glass or mirror surface.
Avoid excess glass cleaner running into the cabinet joints.
Ammonia should never be used in full strength

Basic care and things to avoid

  • When in doubt of a cleaner’s suitability, DO NOT USE.
  • Never use scouring pads, stell wool, wire brushes or powdered cleaners.
  • Never leave a cloth moistened with cleaner on any cabinet surface for any lebgth of time.
  • Check the areas around the sink and dishwasher to make sure that water and detergentes do not dry on the cabinet surfaces.
  • Avoid draping wet or damp dish towers over doors of the base cabinets.
  • Do not attach towel racks to the interior of base cabinets doors.
  • Avoid placing small kitchen appliances where the heat os steam is directed onto cabinet surfaces.
  • Do not leave printed materials (newspapers, magazines, etc.) on the cabinet surfaces, as the printing can bleed into the cabinet finish.

*A burl is a growth on a tree formed from unsprouted bud tissue. The burl forms large, knobby looking growths on the base and trunk of the tree.

**An open knot may occur in the form of a very small pin-sized hole to a large gaping hole in the lumber surface.

***Bird’s eye is a type of figure that occurs within several kinds of wood, most notably in hard maple. It has a distinctive pattern that resembles tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain. It is somewhat reminiscent of a burl, but it is quite different: the small knots that make the burl are missing.

****A mineral streak is an area of the wood that has a different color due to its mineral content. Mineral streaks are often considered to add value and appeal to the wood. A mineral streak is a black, grey or olive line or band in the wood, and it develops when the tree absorbs and deposits minerals from the soil.

*****Heartwood, also called duramen, dead, central wood of trees. Its cells usually contain tannins or other substances that make it dark in colour and sometimes aromatic. Heartwood is mechanically strong, resistant to decay, and less easily penetrated by wood-preservative chemicals than other types of wood.

References

  • redwoodburl.com/burl-wood/#:~:text=Burl%20is%20a%20grain%20characteristic,and%20trunk%20of%20the%20tree.
  • www.woodcraftind.com/downloads/WoodcraftIndustries-Wood-Characteristics.pdf
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird%27s_eye_figure#:~:text=Bird’s%20eye%20is%20a%20type,make%20the%20burl%20are%20missing.
  • https://kitchencabinetkings.com/glossary/mineral-streak/
  • www.britannica.com/science/heartwood
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