Cabinet Care

Cleaning

The following instructions apply to all wood, melamine, laminate and painted surfaces.

For regular cleaning of all door and cabinet exterior and interior surfaces:

  • Wipe with a damp soft cloth and then dry with another soft cloth.
  • Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain.

For thorough cleaning of your cabinets you can do the following:

  • For wood doors and surfaces use a non-wax based cleaner that is designed specifically for cabinetry such as “Cabinet Magic” then dry with a soft cloth. Lemon oil also works, but it will leave the surface oily to the touch.
  • For painted doors and surfaces use a cleaner that is designed for painted wood cabinets and woodwork; mild soap and water or a diluted vinegar and water solution (rinse well).
  • For melamine or high pressure laminate doors and surfaces use the above methods. For stubborn stains use a damp soapy cloth, rinse well to remove all soap residue and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Cabinets usually have clip-on hinges that allow easy removal of the doors. This provides greater access to the cabinet interiors to give them a thorough cleaning.

General Care

  • Never use detergents, strong soaps, abrasives or waxes. They can damage the finish or leave a residue that air-borne grease will stick to.
  • Do not wipe cabinets with a dishcloth. A dishcloth can contain soap, grease and other soil that can damage the finished surface of the cabinets.
  • Excessive moisture is the enemy of any finish or wood product. Do not allow water or other liquids to be in contact with outside or inside surfaces for prolonged periods of time.
  • This may eventually dull the finish and stain melamine interiors.
  • It may absorb into the wood core of the veneer toe-kick or end panels  and start to swell.
  • Avoid steam from kettles, etc., being directed at the underside of cabinets or the bottom edge of doors. This may eventually affect the adhesion of the edge banding and may also dull the finish.
  • Treat your cabinets as you would any other piece of fine furniture and they will reward you with long lasting beauty.
  • Scratches and nicks can be eliminated or hidden by using a touch-up color marker on shallow scratches, or by using a matching wood-tone putty stick on deeper scratches or nicks. These areas can then be blended with surrounding areas using a light coat of wax. Touch- up markers and putty sticks are available.

Adjustments

Your cabinets are equipped with 3-way adjustable hinges. Over time you may notice your doors are no longer perfectly aligned, this is easily fixed. Below is a diagram with detailed instructions on how to perform these simple adjustments.

Clip Assembly

Hinge Diagram

Clip Removal

Hinge Diagram

Height Adjustment

Hinge Diagram

Side Adjustment

Hinge Diagram

Depth Adjustment

Hinge Diagram
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