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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it really necessary to clean kitchen cabinets regularly? 

Yes. When you think about it, kitchen cabinets are the largest component in your kitchen - that means they are more exposed to the elements that can damage them and they are used more often than other appliances, such as refrigerators and stoves. To preserve the look and quality of your kitchen cabinets, clean and wipe them regularly. And don’t forget the top, unseen portion of the cabinets or the doorknobs. Every part counts.

How do I dust my cabinets?

Dust contains grit that may scratch the surface, so it’s best to use a damp or polish-moistened cloth. Also follow the grain of the wood when dusting to avoid causing scratches that could be caused by grit when going across the wood grain. 

What types of cleaning agents should I use for wooden kitchen cabinets?

It’s best to simply use a soft cloth and a mild detergent or soap and warm water. Be sure to dry surfaces immediately with a soft cloth. 

What products should I avoid using?

    • Do not use scouring pads, steel wool or powdered cleaners because they can penetrate the finish and allow moisture in which can cause deterioration.
    • Do not use dishcloths or sponges used to wash dishes because they may contain grease or detergents that can harm the cabinets.
    • Do not use products with bleach, abrasives or ammonia.
    • Do not allow oven cleaner to get on cabinets.

What’s the best way to clean up a spill?

Use a damp, soft cloth and wipe from the edges of the spill toward the center in order to prevent the spill from spreading.

Is it okay to hang damp dishcloths on my cabinet doors?

No. Exposing your cabinets to excessive moisture can cause permanent damage.

How do I get rid of…

    • food or water spots? Use a mild detergent or soap on a soft, slightly damp cloth. Furniture cleaners or polishes designed for wood cabinets can be used as needed.
    • crayon, grease, lipstick? Use cleaners and polishes designed for wood cabinets. 
    • wax or gum? Fill a baggie with ice and apply it to the gum or wax until it is brittle and can be easily removed. Then use cleaners and polishes designed for wood cabinets.
    • smoke, cooking and body oil residues? Use a soft damp cloth and cleaners designed for wood cabinets.

When choosing a cabinet care product, should I use silicone, wax or polishes?

Polishes are best. They have mild detergents that clean surfaces, emulsifiers that make it last and leave behind mineral oils that serve as a barrier to dirt and moisture. Both waxes and silicones leave behind residues that build up over time. Silicone build up makes it difficult to repair or repaint cabinetry. Waxy build up can attract dirt, grime and smoke. 

Does wood need to breathe?

No. If cabinetry cracks or appears dry, it is due to changes in humidity. Cabinets do not need to be moisturized with oily polishes. 

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