Proper care of your new cabinets and countertops will ensure a lustrous finish for years to come. Most of the products I build with are low maintenance but still require periodic care.
Wood cabinetry care:
Dust cabinets with a soft lint-free cloth.
Clean spills immediately. Use a clean damp soft cloth and mild soap if necessary. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
Simply wipe the surface of your cabinets with a clean damp cloth,then dry. To remove general soils or grease use suds from a common dish washing liquid and a damp cloth to wipe clean. Dry thoroughly. Excess moisture can damage any cabinet finish: areas near the sink, range, dishwasher, oven and baseboards are the most susceptible. Keep these surfaces dry.
** Don't: Use cleaners that contain bleach, ammonia or state on the label they have any type of abrasive, nor use soap pads or steel wool. These items will cause damage to your cabinets.
It is recommended to polish your wood cabinets at least twice a year to protect the wood from stains and scratches.
** Don't: Use a paste wax or polish that contain silicone: the wax build up is difficult to remove and will leave a residue that attracts dust.
solid surface counters
Do not put a hot pan directly on your solid surface counter. It's also advised to put a trivet under a crock pot as a precaution. Some of the newer crock pots generate extreme heat and are low profile to the counter.
For day to day cleaning, warm soapy water or non-abrasive household cleaners such as glass cleaner, Fantastik, Formula 409 or commercially available solid surface cleaners will remove most residues. Then rinse and towel dry the surface to prevent spotting especially in areas with hard water. For a final touch, you may apply countertop magic or a solid surface polish for a clean, dry professional appearance. Stubborn residue that will not come out with day to day cleaning methods requires a slightly stronger cleaner. Apply an abrasive cleaner like Comet or Ajax and a damp sponge, buff in a circular motion. Then rinse and towel dry.
removing minor cuts and scratches
Solid Surface is completely renewable since the color goes all the way through. It is very scratch resistant but it a scratch occurs it is easily polished out.
Apply an abrasive cleaner like Comet or Ajax and a damp green Scotch-Brite pad, rub in a circular motion. Rinse and begin blending in a circular motion in progress steps until achieving uniform finish. If the scratch is still visible hand sand with 220 sandpaper then again with a wet scotch brite pad. These should take out most deeper scratches in the material. Excessive gouges will require your installer to sand out with a special DA sander and the finished then be evened out to blend in
solid surface sinks
Solid Surface sinks and bowls may be cleaned with mild abrasive cleaners such as Ajax, Comet or Soft Scrub. For stubborn residue, apply one of the mild abrasives cleaners above and with a green Scotch-Brite™ pad, buff in a circular motion over the entire sink to blend finish.
· Run cold water if pouring boiling water in sink or staining noodles
· Allow cookware to cool before placing in sink
· Do not expose the surface to harsh chemicals, such as paint remover, turpentine, straight bleach, nail polish remover (acetone) or stove and drain cleaners. If the chemicals come in contact with the surface, immediately wash them off with water, using appropriate safety measures to avoid injury.
Wipe the surface of your laminate counters with a clean, damp soft cloth. Window cleaner may also be used if necessary. Tough stains may be cleaned using Formula 409, Fantastik, or Simple Green type cleaner then wiped dry.
** Don't: Use cleaners that contain bleach, ammonia or state on the label they have any type of abrasive, nor use soap pads or steel wool. These items will cause damage to your laminate counters.