How To: Care for Cabinets

Copyright Keller Homes, Inc.

Copyright Keller Homes, Inc.

Cabinets are the silent workhorses of kitchens and baths alike.  From kids hanging on doors to spills and splatters, cabinets sustain heavy daily use.  They also provide a great opportunity to make a stylish statement.  Today's trends feature painted and stained wood cabinets alike in a variety of profiles and colors.  With minimal care and maintenance, you can ensure your cabinets remain beautiful and functional for years to come.

 

DAILY CARE

Large amounts of moisture from a rice cooker or crockpot, for example, can damage cabinet surfaces and cause warping.  When operating such appliances, place them in a location that is not directly under a cabinet.  Similarly, avoid draping damp cloths or towels over cabinet drawers.

Sunlight can fade painted wood and darken the color of natural wood surfaces. Consider window coverings to minimize direct exposure to cabinetry.

 

CLEANING

For routine cleaning, wipe down painted cabinet surfaces with a mild detergent and soft cloth.  Products such as lemon oil or polishes can be used in moderation for rejuvenating stained wood cabinet doors and drawer fronts.  Follow product directions and do not use more frequently than once per month to avoid excess build-up.  Avoid paraffin-based spray waxes or washing cabinets with water, as both will damage the luster of the finish.  

 

REPAIR

Temperature and humidity changes may cause expansion and contraction of wood products resulting in small lines along cabinet joints where the paint film or finish has separated. Inset panels on cabinet doors are particularly suceptible as are dark stained/painted cabinetry.  A touchup stain or paint pen can easily remedy this issue.  

A small amount of silicone of Teflon lubricant will improve action of sluggish drawer glides or hinges.