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  • Writer's pictureChris Arnett

Kitchen Cabinet Care and Cleaning - The Do's and Don'ts List

Wondering how to keep the new finish on your kitchen cabinets looking beautiful? The main thing is to dust them occasionally using a lint free cloth or microfiber cloth and that's it! But... what happens when the kids want to help make dinner, or the lid on your game day chili didn't quite stay in place? We've got you covered.

To take care of splatters and spills

Grease, oil and other liquids can cause permanent damage or discoloration to your cabinet's finish. It's important to clean them up quickly and try not to let them sit and dry on your cabinet's finish.



Wipe them up quickly

Let spatters and spills dry on the finish

Use warm water with a bit of dishwashing liquid

Use detergents, bleach or other caustic cleaners

Dry with a soft-clean cloth

Use "magic eraser" type pad or bristle pads

Cleaning Glass Doors

Use a lint-free cloth and spray an ammonia-free glass cleaner directly onto the cloth, not the cabinet door itself. This avoid getting cleaner between the glass and cabinet door rails and stiles and the divider mullions. It also keeps overspray off of the cabinet finish keeping the finish streak-free

Products to Avoid

Harsh Detergents

Dry paper towels

Abrasive Cleaning Products - these can scratch the finish

Solvent based cleaners - nail polish, mineral spirits, lacquer thinners

Bleach based tub and sink cleaners

Silicone based cleaning products

Steel Wool

Waxes or polishing compounds

Dish cloths and sponges

Magic Eraser style cleaning pads

Other Things To Be Aware Of

  • Don’t drape damp dishtowels or clothes over your cabinet doors. Moisture can cause permanent damage, like peeling and discoloration to the cabinet finish.

  • Dry wet surfaces immediately using a soft, clean cloth.

  • Wood will expand and contract based upon the amount of moisture in the home. Maintaining a consistent temperature and humidity level is key to cabinet health, in most cases humidity levels in your home should be between 35-60% depending on the time of year.

  • Direct sunlight can darken the color of natural wood. Solid color finishes and stains, while UV resistant, are also affected by sunlight and can discolor or fade over time. Blinds and window treatments are the best defense to protect cabinetry from direct sunlight.

Hopefully these tips will help you keep your cabinets looking new. If the finish is worn through, stained, or has been deteriorated by moisture and UV damage it could be time to restore your finish using our Factory Finish Restoration process, or by making a more striking change and going with our Factory Finish to give your cabinets the factory painted finish that is so popular. You can find more information on our cabinet refinishing process right here, Process | Rocket Finish, or if you live in Central Ohio including Dublin, Westerville, Powell, Worthington or a neighboring community, fill out our form and we'll be happy to discuss your options for restoring the finish on your kitchen cabinetry.

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