20 Jul 2016

Maple, Oak, Pine, and Cherry: How to Care for and Maintain Your New Wood Cabinets

With kitchen remodels and renovations comes the chance to create a new look, improve the functionality of the space, and make your home more luxurious. One way you’ve likely enhanced your kitchen is by installing new wood cabinets.

These fixtures draw the eye along your kitchen walls, add a look of sturdy beauty to the room, and house any kitchen tools you need. But do you know how to properly care for your new cabinets?

Unlike most materials that you can use a generic cleaner on, real wood cabinets require a little extra and more delicate care. And for your cabinets to last for years, you’ll need to take a few precautions to lengthen their lifespan.

Below, we’ve listed a few cleaning tips so you know how to properly care for and maintain your new wood cabinets. Read on to discover how you should clean and treat these fixtures so you can keep them looking sturdy and gorgeous.

1. Wipe Away Spills

Nothing damages wood more than spills. Hot foods, acidic foods, chemicals, and water can all warp and damage your cabinets if they spill and set on your wood cabinets. To prevent any damage from developing, wipe away spills as soon as they occur. Use the information in the next tip to properly remove spilled foods and liquids.

2. Use Soft Cloths and Mild Cleaners

Whether you’re wiping up a spill or simply cleaning your cabinets on the weekend, always use soft cloths and mild cleaners to clean your wood cabinets. You should never use brushes, scouring pads, or soap pads to clean your cabinets, as these abrasive, coarse materials can scratch the wood, making it look ghastly.

Use a mild, all-purpose, ammonia-free cleaner or warm, soapy water to clean up bigger messes on your cabinets. Mix a teaspoon of mild dish soap with one cup of slightly warm water. You can either spray the mixture over your cabinets and wipe them down or dampen the cloth in the mixture.

If you choose to spray the cleaning solution on your cabinets, make sure to follow it with a spritz of plain water to remove any soap residue. Wipe everything down with a dry cloth.

3. Never Use Harsh Chemicals

Harsh chemicals can also strip the seal away from the wood and damage chemicals can also warp the wood, making it look bubbly or deformed.

4. Avoid Certain Items

Aside from harsh chemicals, you should also avoid using the following

Oil soap

Silicone-based polishes

the components underneath. The items on your cabinets:

Ammonia

Wax

Bleach

Paint thinners

Mineral spirits

Petroleum-based cleaners

Detergents

Scouring powders

Again, these items can scratch and otherwise damage your cabinets, and the fixtures will detract from the overall design you created for your kitchen.

5. Dust Regularly

Dust can build up inside, on top of, and on your wood cabinets. Though the dust won’t cause damage to your cabinets, it does make your cabinets look less appealing. Sometimes, if grease or moisture are on your cabinets, the dust particles can more easily stick to the surfaces. You’ll have a more difficult time cleaning the fixtures as a result.

To avoid consistent, heavy-duty cleaning, regularly dust your cabinets with a soft cloth.

6. Limit Sun Exposure

Even though your cabinets hang inside your home, they can still become damaged from sunlight that streams in your home. To prevent the wood from changing colors and warping, hang window treatments over any windows near your cabinets.

You’ve put a lot of money and effort into obtaining luxurious wood cabinets for your kitchen. Protect that investment and use the tips in this blog to properly clean and maintain your cabinets. For more tips, talk to your cabinet expert.

You can also turn to Luxcucina if you ever need to replace your wood cabinets or make other changes to your kitchen.