You just had your wood cabinets installed, and they’re looking incredible. You may be wondering how to keep them that way. Here are a few tips.
First, after installation, lightly wet a cloth or rag and wipe down your cabinets. If you follow the direction of the grain, the cloth shouldn’t damage the wood. For ongoing routine cleaning, a soft cloth dampened with warm water will generally work just fine. If a spill or stain needs a bit more effort, use a weak soap and water solution.
For even more stubborn blemishes, a mixture of baking soda and water or vinegar and water can be very effective. Always remember, however, to use a dry, soft cloth to remove excess moisture after you finish cleaning. Excess moisture is a natural enemy to wood, so while water is useful while cleaning, allowing it to settle into the precious wood your cabinets are crafted from is something to avoid.
Wood doesn’t fare well when it’s saturated with moisture. Be it in the form of humidity or large spills, it’s best to keep your wood cabinets dry when possible. Extreme temperatures can interact with high humidity to disfigure wood, causing it to swell or shrink, so try to maintain a relatively stable environment for your cabinets.
Also, be aware of sun damage. Direct exposure to sunlight can fade your wood cabinets, so make sure to shield or protect them from the sun. Curtains and other window coverings can act as a barrier between the sun and your cabinets. Additionally, there are several substances you should avoid when cleaning your cabinets, such as:
- Strong detergents
- Steel wool
- Abrasive scrub pads
If you have any questions about caring for your new wood cabinets, feel free to give us a call at Rudisill Cabinet Shop. We’re happy to help!