There is no such thing as “maintenance-free” anything. Gardens need weeding, spouses need date nights and kind words, and wood cabinets must be treated with specific, sensible care if their natural beauty is to last. So, here are some hardcore basics on how to care for your finished wood, such as cabinets, and how to keep from damaging them.
Like most things in life, it's easier and harder than you think all at the same time.
For stubborn grime or stains try:
Use only lemon oil to condition your cabinets with a stained finish twice a year. No waxes. None.
Now that we have your attention, here’s a list of abrasive cleaners & chemicals you should NEVER use on your cabinetry. No paint or stain can withstand these harmful elements, and no complaint that the paint or stain is faulty will gain sympathy from us or qualify for restoration under your limited warranty.
DO NOT USE:
They matter. Wipe them up before they dry by blotting with a sponge or damp soft cloth. Unlike fine wine, they don’t get better with age.
Outside of a plane crash in your kitchen, moisture is the single greatest source of cabinetry damage. Think of the Grand Canyon. That was all done by water. Temperature extremes—too hot or cold, too dry or humid—are a close second for damage. Small children and pets are third. Adults with loose wrist jewelry, large rings, or artificial fingernails are fourth on the damage to wood surfaces list. We are not kidding.
Repeated exposure to a harsh environment can cause splitting, swelling, cupping, cracking, warping, and panel edge exposure. Again, cabinets repeatedly exposed to these conditions will not qualify under your limited warranty.
PLEASE DO NOT: