Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Care & Maintenance

Care and maintenance of cabinets

At TLC, we are very proud of the product we supply to our customers. To this end, we would like each customer to enjoy his or her cabinetry for as long as possible.

Cabinets come in a variety of styles and, more importantly, materials. Each material requires special care and consideration. The following guide is useful for wood, melamine, thermofoil, PVC, and laminate materials. For specific care of solid surface (Corian, etc.), granite, or quartz, please reference the product specific instructions.

Preventative maintenance is especially useful for extending cabinet life. Rather than fix the problems as they arise, a customer can be proactive and follow steps to reduce the number of issues in the future.

We have developed the following use and care guide to help extend the life of and maintain your cabinetry. Follow these simple suggestions and you will proudly enjoy the beauty of your cabinetry for years to come.

Care and Cleaning

Reference the following for cleaning instructions of all the main types of surfaces mentioned above. We have not included any product specific instructions for each of the materials.

Do not clean when cabinets are brand new

Lacquer finishes take time to cure (as long as 3 weeks). It is generally a good idea to clean as little as possible in this time to prevent irreversible degradation of the finish.

Clean your cabinets regularly:

Clean your cabinets about once a month. Cleaning too often will actually start to damage the finish. Waiting too long between cleaning will make the task more difficult and you may damage the finish with excessive effort.

Use a mild dish detergent and water solution.

For stubborn grease build-up, use a stronger solution of ammonia and water. Do not use bleach or abrasive cleaners; they will damage your finish. Special cleaners may be available for specific products. However, we recommend you test these solutions on a small portion of your cabinets before you commit to a wide scale application.

Rinse and Your Cabinets After Cleaning

Any residual contaminants that are left over from cleaning should be rinsed away and the surface must be dried. Prolonged exposure to contaminants may increase the degradation of the material.

Keep your cabinet finishes dry.

Do not leave excessive moisture on the surface of cabinets. Even though we seal the surface to prevent moisture damage, standing liquid can still seep into the core causing swelling. As well, spills may contain solutions that can damage or stain the finish; remove them as soon as possible.

Keep the furniture polish away

Furniture polish can actually damage the finish on your cabinets.

Cleaning Hardware

Use a mild solution of warm water and white vinegar to clean the hardware. Remember to remove the hardware first. If you leave the hardware in place while cleaning, the solution can damage the finish.

Preventative Maintenance

Maintenance is as important as cleaning in extending the lifespan of your cabinetry. Simple tricks can keep the components operating smoothly.

Do Not Overload

Manufacturers design slide hardware for a drawer or rollout for specific tolerances. Overloading a unit is a quick way to shorten the life of a piece of hardware.

In addition, adding too much weight to a door will cause a hinge to deteriorate rapidly. Avoid inserts that hang on doors unless the cabinet has specifically designed for this feature.

Hinge Maintenance

Oil your hinges with natural oils and avoid petroleum sprays like WD 40, which attract dust.

Shelf Rotation

Once every six months, remove, clean, and flip your shelves. This will extend the life of your shelves and help prevent warping.

Use Your Kitchen Fan

Using your fan while cooking will reduce the amount of grime and grease on your cabinets from standard usage.

Keep Cooking Appliances Out From Under Cabinets

Coffee makers, kettles, Woks, etc. can produce significant amounts of steam. Pulling them out and away from upper cabinets when they are being used will prevent warping and finish damage on you cabinets.

Avoid direct sunlight on your cabinets

Use blinds or shades to prevent discolouration of your cabinetry finish. UV can react with certain wood types, so protecting the wood from direct will prevent fading/darkening.

React Quickly to Spills and Splatters

Quickly cleaning and spills and splatter prevents damage caused by prolonged exposure.

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