Wood Characteristics

Care & Maintenance

Wood Finishes

  • Dusting. Dust cabinets frequently with a soft lint-free cloth. You can dampen the cloth slightly with water or a spray-type dust remover.
  • Spills. Clean spills immediately. Use a clean cloth and mild soap if necessary. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
  • Cleaning. There are a number of products available for your wood cleaning needs. Use a clean cloth and mild soap if necessary. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
  • Polishing. We recommend that you wash and polish cabinets once or twice each year. Use a light coat of quality furniture polish.
  • Don’t. Never use detergents, soap pads or steel wool on your cabinetry. These harsh abrasives will mar the wood finish. Additionally, we recommend that you avoid the use of paste wax and polishes that contain silicone; the wax buildup is difficult to remove and will leave a residue that attracts dust.

Cookbook Rack, Knife Rack and Message Center

  • Use only soap and water with a soft damp cloth to clean.
  • Don’t. Never use alcohol, window sprays, kitchen scouring compounds and solvents. These can cause damage to the material and/or affect the appearance.

Wire Storage Products

  • Periodically clean with a soft damp cloth.
  • Don’t. Never use detergents, soap pads, steel wool, or other harsh, abrasive material.

Laminates

  • Periodically clean the interior and exterior surfaces of the door using a damp, soft cloth. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth if necessary.

Mullion Glass Doors

  • You can use any commercial glass cleaner to clean the glass. While cleaning mounted glass, be careful not to damage the finish of the door and cabinet parts while cleaning. Additionally, the glass can be cleaned while mounted on the door, or can be removed for better access.
  • To remove the glass panel, carefully loosen the screws and lift panel out. The door glass is tempered to resist chipping and shattering. However, all glass is fragile so handle carefully.
  • Don’t. Never spray glass cleaner directly onto glass or cabinet parts. Glass cleaner seeping into areas behind the mullions may discolor the wood. Instead, spray a small amount of cleaner onto a lint-free cloth or paper towel, then wipe the glass.

Roller and Ball-Bearing Slide Systems

  • Periodically clean with a soft damp cloth. Ball-bearing slides are lubricated with grease from the manufacturer to ensure smooth quiet operation and long life. Avoid removal of this grease during cleaning.

Replacing Shelves

  • Removal of shelf. Push in top of shelf clip so you can lift the shelf up and out.
  • Installing shelf. Place shelf on shelf supports. Push down until clip snaps over shelf.

Self-Cleaning Ovens

  • Self-cleaning ovens are cleaned through the use of intense heat. If the heat gasket does not seal properly, heat may escape from the oven. Cabinet components installed near the oven may suffer finish or surface damage. To minimize risk of damage during cleaning cycles, we recommend that you remove doors and drawers from cabinets that are above and adjacent to a self-cleaning oven.

Heat-Producing Appliances

  • We recommend that you do not mount heat-producing appliances (such as coffeemakers and toaster ovens) beneath cabinets. Excess heat and moisture from these appliances can damage cabinets.

Loads and Weight Limits

  • Properly installed cabinets can safely support an evenly distributed load of 15 pounds per square foot of shelf, tray and drawer space, up to a maximum of 50 pounds. Be sure that you load all cabinet bottoms, shelves and trays evenly.