Care and Maintenance
Taking proper care of your cabinets and accessories will greatly increase the longevity of your purchase. To help ensure your cabinetry and accessories stay looking their best, please see our recommended maintenance tips.
As a rule of thumb for cleaning your cabinets, only use clean, soft cloths. Clean all surfaces with a damp cloth, drying immediately with a dry cloth. To remove oil and grease, apply a mild, lemon-based soap and water to a clean cloth. Ensure that all soapy residue is rinsed thoroughly using a clean damp cloth.
Care for your cabinets as you would with any fine furniture. Please note that wax is not recommended on finished wood surfaces, and chemical-based cleaners such as Mr. Clean and Magic Erasers will void your door warranty.
Ingredients to Avoid
- Mineral oil
- Citrus ingredients
While natural light can accentuate the beauty of your kitchen, direct exposure can harm your cabinetry. Painted and hardwood are more susceptible to fading with prolonged light exposure from natural sunlight and harsh interior lights. If your kitchen windows are not currently covered, we recommend installing window coverings to reduce potential fading and discoloration for cabinets at risk of the most direct sunlight exposure.
Controlling Humidity and Temperature
As the seasons change, the internal conditions of your space will fluctuate in temperature and humidity, and your cabinetry will shift in response. Natural woods will expand and shrink as the humidity increases or decreases in your home, but expanding can result in cracks in the joint finish. Keep an eye out for warping, bowing, or cupping in your cabinets.
Humidity levels in your home are dependent on various factors including:
- Vapour barrier installation
- Proper insulation
- Air flow and ventilation in your home
- Water drainage
We recommend keeping your relative humidity levels between 35% to 50% to reduce the risk of cracks and shifting. In the summer, control excessive humidity through the use of dehumidifiers and air conditioning. Alternatively, fight against dry conditions in the winter by using a humidifier.
Nicks and Scratches
Over time, you may see nicks and scratches develop over time with daily use. To avoid further damage, avoid the use of abrasive cleaners and scouring pads that can dull the finish of your cabinets. For shallow scratches, you can use a touch-up colour marker, or wood-tone putty stick for deeper marks.