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How do I care for my cabinets?

The appropriate method for cleaning your cabinetry depends on the material your cabinetry is crafted from. Here are some guidelines:

  • For wood cabinetry with a stained finish:
    • Employ a soft cloth moistened with a weak solution of mild dish detergent and warm water. Avoid using excessive water.
    • Never use products containing ammonia. They will dull the finish, or damage the protective top coat.
    • Once you clean your cabinetry sufficiently with a water-soap solution, dry it immediately with a soft, dry cloth.
    • Merit’s clear finish top coat provides a knock-proof surface, which does not need applications of oil or wax to retain its appearance.
    • Be particularly careful to shield cabinetry from steam and heat.
  • For cabinetry with a painted finish:
    • Employ a soft cloth moistened with a weak solution of mild dish detergent and warm water. Avoid using excessive water.
    • Never use products containing ammonia. They will dull the finish, or damage the protective top coat.
    • Once you clean your cabinetry sufficiently with water-soap solution, dry it immediately with a soft, dry cloth.
    • Merit’s clear finish top coat provides a knock-proof surface, which does not need applications of oil or wax to retain its appearance.
    • Special care for high-gloss finishes is required; be sure to use a very soft cloth to avoid scratches.
    • Be particularly careful to shield cabinetry from steam and heat.
  • For cabinetry with a thermofoil finish:
    • Employ a soft cloth and mild spray cleaner to remove any grease build up.
    • Avoid products containing ammonia.
    • Be particularly careful to shield cabinetry from steam and heat.
  • For cabinetry with a laminate finish:
    • Employ a soft cloth and a mild glass spray cleaner to remove any grease build up.
    • To avoid streaking, do not use a soap-based cleaner.
    • Be sure to use a soft cloth on gloss laminates to avoid scratches by paper towels.
    • Be particularly careful to shield cabinetry from steam and heat.

Things to avoid:

Other than the specific precautions above, here are some additional products to avoid, as a whole:

  • Sponges or dish clothes – they may carry dirt particles, food bits, leftover grease, or the remnants of strong cleaning solutions.
  • Harsh chemicals and detergents like strong chemical tub and sink cleansers.
  • Scouring pads, steel wool, rough sides of sponges, and abrasive cleansers – it may seem obvious to avoid using these products, but once in a while you may consider using them to remove stubborn stains. They will damage your cabinetry surface.
  • Silicone-based products.
  • Conditions that create large swings in humidity and temperature.

Final tidbits of advice:

  • Clean any splatters on your cabinets immediately. If left on your cabinetry too long, grease splashes, food stains, and water spills can become difficult to remove. They may even permanently damage the surface of your investment.
  • Clean your cabinets often, even if there are no visible marks or splatters. Doing so will ensure your cabinetry’s enduring beauty.
  • Minimize exposure to moisture, heat, and light – protect your cabinetry from damp cloths, kettles, steamers, and direct sunlight as best as you can. All of them can damage the finish or alter the color of your cabinets.
  • If you do happen to scratch or nick your cabinets, touch-up kits are readily available to repair them.

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