Cleaning Wood and Thermofoil Surfaces:Interiors, Exteriors and Wood Accessories
Dust frequently and polish approximately once a month. Cabinet Magic may be used to polish wood cabinets and can be purchased at home centers and most hardware stores.
Remember, never apply water to your cabinetry; Murphy’s Oil “soft wipes” are recommended for cleaning.
Plastic and wire kits can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
Use a glass cleaner applied directly to the cleaning towel. Never spray directly on glass area since drips and overspray may reach and harm the wood surfaces of the door and/or surrounding cabinets. Avoid glass cleaners that contain sodium hydrochloride, phosphoric acid or sulfur. Use caution when using hair care products such as hair spray and mousse around mirrors. These products generally contain chemicals that are caustic to silver and could cause damage to the mirror backing.
Door and drawer hardware should be cleaned only with mild soap and water.
remove the doors and drawers of all cabinets adjacent to and above the oven during the cleaning cycle of self-cleaning appliances. The cleaning cycle generates heat that could affect the finish and surface of the cabinets. We recommend a delamination shield be placed between oven cabinet and adjacent cabinet.
clean up spills and any standing water (such as condensation from a glass or bowl) immediately. Pay special attention to the areas around your sink, range, dishwasher, toe spaces and baseboards. Use a blotting action rather than a wiping action.
apply cleaning products directly to the clean cloth you are using. Never apply directly to the surface that you are cleaning.
lift objects – do not drag across the surface.
avoid extremes in room humidity. Too high or too low humidity can cause the wood to warp or the glue used in applying veneers to loosen.
avoid extreme changes in room temperature.
rotate accessories on cabinets periodically so they do not sit in the same spot all the time.
use pads, cloth or felt to protect surfaces from plastics, rubber, hot dishes, beverages, bookends, flowerpots and vases.
use protective pads when writing with a ballpoint pen.
make minor repairs while they are still small.
treat your cabinetry as if it were furniture. The cabinets are constructed with the same grade wood as your furniture. They require the same care in order to reward you with long lasting beauty.
apply a damp cloth to your cabinetry.
apply excessive weight or pull down excessively on doors as this may cause them to split at the hinge area and sag.
place more than 75 pounds of weight into any drawer as this may cause the bottom to sag or the drawer guides to work improperly. Also, the weight of what is stored in each drawer should be distributed for the best durability.
use a drawer as a step as this may cause the bottom of the drawer to sag or the guides to warp.
use wax polishes on the surface of your cabinets as this may cause the finish to soften or a build-up of film to develop that may pick up dirt, smoke or other pollutants in the air. This film may then start to smudge or streak.
use silicone polishes on the surface of your cabinets as this raises the sheen of your cabinetry beyond that intended by Royal Cabinets. It can seep into the finish and is very difficult to remove.
use petroleum distilled polishes on the surface of your cabinetry, as they are often flammable and toxic and they are seldom ever completely removed.
use water on your cabinetry.
use ammonia on your cabinetry.
use an abrasive cleaner or an abrasive cloth on any painted surface as this will scratch, scar and dull the finish permanently.
use concentrated detergents on your cabinetry. Harsh detergents, strong soap and selfpolishing waxes could have a damaging effect on the finished surface.
leave damp or wet cloths draped over cabinet doors. The moisture can cause permanent water damage to the area over time.
wipe your cabinetry with a used dishcloth since it could contain traces of grease or detergents.
place plastic or rubber objects on a wood finish – their ingredients react with those of the finish.
place furniture in direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may cause a change in color.
attempt to repair badly damaged surfaces without the proper materials or professional help. Consult Royal Cabinets for badly damaged furniture.
let water run off sink to countertops and sink cabinetry.
expose the back edges of thermofoil cabinetry to excessive moisture. Over time, prolonged wetness can result in delamination.