|This large kitchen has multiple zones for a variety of tasks.|
Wipe Cabinet Surfaces Frequently. Spills and splatters are going to happen - just be sure to wipe them up as quickly as possible. Weekly, give your cabinets a swipe with a damp cloth, and then dry. If needed, use a solution of warm water and mild soap to remove grease and keep dust and dirt from accumulating. (Again, dry thoroughly.)
|White countertops and tile will need frequent wiping, but look amazing!|
Regulate Temperature and Humidity. High levels of humidity and wide swings in temperature can be hard on cabinets, causing the wood to swell, shrink or crack. When running the coffee maker or toaster, pull the appliance as far away from wall cabinets as possible, or better yet, use these appliances on the island. If the home will be unoccupied for long stretches of time, set the thermostat to keep the temperature between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
|Cherry is a light-sensitive species, and direct sunlight can accelerate aging.|
Protect From Direct Sunlight. If you have lots of windows that stream bright sun directly into your kitchen, it's a good idea to put UV filters on the windows. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade some finishes, and can accelerate the natural darkening of wood species like cherry and fir. As an added bonus, UV filters will reflect much of the sun's energy, helping to keep your home cooler in summer.
|Sleek, shiny high-gloss foils scratch more easily than laminate or thermofoil.|
For tips on cleaning laminates, high gloss foils, breadboards, cabinet interiors and more, check out the Cabinet Care page on our website. With proper care, factory-applied finishes should provide you with a beautiful, durable kitchen for years to come.