Preserving the Beauty of Painted Cabinets
Painted cabinets finished in a designer color – elegant Studio Gray, lively Garnet, classic white, a soft pairing of Harbor and Linen, or another – are a wonderful way to create a unique space and express your personality. Kitchen cabinets, however, have to stand up to years of assault from grease, colorful foods, fingerprints and other hazards. The heat-cured factory finish on your CliqStudios cabinets is up to the challenge.
Follow the simple guidelines below on caring for your painted cabinet finish, including a few things NEVER to do, and we guarantee a lifetime of beautiful service.
Above, a center island built with soft green cabinets (Painted Tea Leaf) becomes a lovely furniture feature.
To prevent damage to your painted cabinet finish, wipe up smears and spills while they are fresh, and clean cabinets near the cooktop weekly to remove any haze from cooking grease. Tip: Do not hang wet dish towels over a cabinet door.
To clean painted cabinets
Treat spills and smears while they are fresh. Wipe spot with a soft damp cloth (a microfiber cloth is great) and dry with a soft towel. Avoid over-wetting cabinets. Clean one small area at a time, using a circular motion.
For stubborn spots, use a mild, paint-safe cleaning solution. Make your own cabinet cleaner with a few drops of dish soap and a teaspoon of vinegar in a cup of water. Or, buy a commercial cleaner. Test any solution on the back of a cabinet door before using it on a high-visibility area.
NEVER USE THESE ON PAINTED CABINETS:
- Magic Eraser or similar sponge
- Abrasive powder or scrubbing pads or sponges
- Cleaners with abrasive particles, harsh detergents or ammonia
- Oil soap, spray polishes containing silicone, petroleum products, or wax
- Citrus/orange cleaner
Repairing a scratch, dent or discoloration – and when to call a pro
Repairing paint is tricky. If you are going to try a repair yourself, take a door to a paint store (not a home store paint department) and get color-matched touch-up paint and a compatible filler for scratches and dents. Test the materials on the inside of a cabinet door before working on the damaged area. Then, touch up the smallest area possible.
If you are not satisfied with your touch-up work or the damage is extensive, consult a finish repair professional on a repair that will protect your investment.
For more information download complete cabinet care and maintenance instructions (pdf file). If you have any questions about caring for your painted cabinets, contact our customer service department:
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• Call toll free: 800-576-7930 ext. 561