Caring For Your Kitchen Cabinets

When you purchase a Vanway kitchen, you’re investing in kitchen cabinets and countertops that will last for decades.  To keep your natural wood cabinets looking their best, you’ll need to provide a certain degree of care and maintenance.  This will ensure your cabinetry ages well despite spills and splatters.  The good news?  It’s not difficult to keep your cabinets looking clean and polished.  Follow these three tips to care for your Vanway cabinets the right way.

Always Wipe Up Spills

Your kitchen cabinets are made of wood, which is a natural product.  Wood is damaged by liquid – and therefore, your cabinets will be damaged by moisture, too.  Moisture can warp the wood, permanently damage the finish, and leave ugly stains and watermarks.  Whether you’ve splashed water while washing the dishes or had an accident with a pot of spaghetti sauce, you need to remove the excess liquid right away.

  • Never leave moisture to air dry.  Wipe up any splashes with a soft clean towel.
  • Never drape dish cloths or damp towels over your cabinet doors
  • Always wipe down the cupboards below the sink after you finish doing dishes

Never Use Harsh Cleaners

The finish on your kitchen cabinets can be damaged by any cleaning product stronger than dish soap.  To keep your cabinets looking as good as new, avoid wiping down your cabinets with cleaning agents or cleaning wipes.  To clean up spills and splatters, start by wiping the stain immediately with water.  By taking care of the stain right away, you’ll avoid the need for scrubbing and chemicals later on.

  • Always wipe up stains right away to avoid the need for cleaning products
  • Never use anything stronger than dish soap to clean your cabinets
  • Always dry your cabinets after you’ve wiped them down with a liquid

Never Use Abrasive Materials

Your kitchen cabinets might be made from hardwood, but that doesn’t mean they’re invincible.  The finish on your kitchen cabinets can and will be damaged by any kind of scrubbing.  The only thing you should use to clean your cabinets is a soft cloth – avoid using the scrubby side of a kitchen sponge, scouring pads, or steel wool.  These tools may be great for cleaning dishes, but they’ll irreparably damage your cabinetry finish.

  • Always wipe up stains right away to avoid the need for scrubbing
  • Always use a clean, soft cloth to wipe up any spills or splatters
  • Never scrub cabinets with kitchen sponges, scouring pads, brushes, or steel wool
Kitchen cabinet care involves minimizing water damage

Since 1981, we’ve produced fine wood cabinetry using the experience and artistry of our talented craftsmen and cabinetmakers.  We’ve also seen many damaged finishes and cabinet doors, with the ones directly under the sink being the most common.  You can avoid cracks in your finish and peeling paint by following the steps listed above.  Always avoid moisture, never use harsh cleaning agents, and never use abrasive cleaning materials.

Avoiding water damage is probably the most important factor in keeping your kitchen cabinets looking like new.  Because cabinets are constructed from wood, they absorb moisture and expand and contract with changes in humidity.  Prolonged contact with water or extreme dryness or humidity can exacerbate this natural process.  Typically, the most visible water damage is to the stain and finish of your cabinets.  This is especially common with natural wood cabinets, as water can penetrate the wood fibers and result in dark spots or stains. Water exposure can compromise the finishes on cabinet surfaces. Over time, finishes may peel, crack, or bubble, diminishing the overall aesthetic appeal of the cabinets.

If you’re planning future projects with wood cabinets, we invite you to browse our projects and ideabooks on Houzz.  You’ll see a range of beautiful wood cabinets in a variety of styles.  You can also visit our online inspiration gallery by clicking here.  We have hundreds of photos featuring kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, and laundry cabinets.  As long as the home owners follow our care guide, those wood cabinets will look beautiful for years to come.

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