Following cabinet care and cleaning instructions is the best way to prolong the life and beauty of your new cabinetry. While we take great care in building quality cabinetry and ensuring that cabinets arrive in excellent condition, normal everyday use will result in the need for small touch-ups and adjustments.
- Recommended Cabinet Maintenance
- Daily Cabinet Care and Cleaning
- Long Term Cabinet Care
- Cabinet Touch-ups
- Before & After Installation
- Cabinet Environment
- Cleaners to Avoid
Recommended Cabinet Cleaning
Each CliqStudios quality finish has different recommended cabinet cleaning instructions. Follow the proper care and maintenance for your cabinets to keep them beautiful for many years.
On paint finishes, only use a mild cleaner such as Ivory® Soap diluted with warm water. Apply with a microfiber cloth.
On stain finishes, use a mild wood cleaner such as original Murphy® Oil Soap diluted with warm water. Apply with a microfiber cloth.
Daily cabinet care consists of cleaning up spills, drips and grease immediately to prevent stains on your cabinet finish. Prolonged exposure to food, water or other liquids can cause permanent discoloration or damage.
Avoid hanging wet dish towels over the cabinet doors. Over time, this moisture exposure can cause irreversible damage to the cabinet and finish. Dust cabinets frequently with a microfiber cloth.
Avoid using your dishcloth to clean or dry cabinet exteriors, since it may contain remnants of detergents and grease.
Thoroughly clean cabinet exteriors once or twice a year. It’s best to work on one small area at a time, using a damp cloth. Rinse frequently and dry each area immediately after cleaning.
Each cabinet is built with several types of durable, high-performance hardware that will operate smoothly for years. Periodically, you should adjust your hardware. Tighten hinge screws, realign drawers, and adjust runners, because they can move with normal use.
Adjusting Door Hinges
Cabinet hinges are designed to be adjustable by the homeowner. Align cabinet doors after installation and before installing decorative hardware.
Adjusting Drawer Boxes and Glides
Drawer boxes may need to adjusted after shipping. It’s easier to inspect and adjust glides before cabinet installation.
CliqStudios provides a complimentary cabinet touch-up kit for minor repairs on cabinets. Before touching up damage, establish whether it will be a substantial repair. If the damage is significant, please protect your investment by consulting a professional refinisher.
Please carefully read the touch-up kit instructions before using. Be advised that paint is more difficult to repair and blend than stained products. Practice on a small, concealed area of your cabinets before making any repair. For easy fill application, soften the putty stick by carefully heating the end with your hand.
Fill in the recess with an even back-and-forth motion. After the fill is complete, use light, even strokes with the stain marker pen. Use your fingertips or a soft cloth to blend the colors. Do not allow the stain marker fluid to accumulate in one place, as it may drip.
Caring for Your New Cabinetry
All CliqStudios cabinets undergo rigorous testing to ensure they will be structurally sound and beautiful. Caring for your new cabinetry properly will maintain their beauty for years of use.
Wood cabinets will expand and contract in different temperature and humidity levels. Avoid extremes and maintain a consistent cabinet environment to prevent damage.
Cleaners to Avoid
Some cleaning products can damage cabinet finishes and should not be used on CliqStudios cabinetry. The harsh abrasives and chemicals listed below will harm cabinet finishes and may result in discoloration.
CliqStudios does not recommend using scouring pads, paper towels, Magic Eraser sponges or steel wool because they can leave scratches and residue on all finishes. We also do not recommend waxing cabinets.
Over time, waxing and polishing compounds will build up on the surface of cabinets and cause a hazy, streaky or yellowed appearance. Wax build up is difficult to remove and will attract dust.
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