AFTER INSTALLATION CARE After your cabinets have been installed, wipe down exteriors with a clean damp cloth. Work on a small area at a time and thoroughly wipe dry.
DO NOT USE agents containing acetone, acetate or ethyl alcohol. Avoid using harsh solvents and/or abrasives, such as turpentine, as they may break down bonds on edge banding. If you use ammonia-based cleaners, be sure to dilute the mixture before use.

EVERYDAY CARE It is important to wipe up spills and water marks as they occur. Be sure to pay special attention to areas around the sink and dishwasher. Avoid draping damp or wet dish towels over the door of the sink base cabinet. Over time, this moisture can cause permanent water damage to the door. Avoid spray-type polishes containing petroleum solvents, as they are flammable and toxic if swallowed. Use a damp cloth when cleaning normal household spills, and after wiping thoroughly, dry the surface with a lint-free cotton cloth. For stubborn stains, it may be necessary to use a mild detergent with warm water. Be sure to always dry the surfaces that were wiped down immediately. Never use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powdered cleansers. Do not allow oven cleaner to come into contact with any part of your cabinets. Do not use a dish cloth to wipe your cabinet exterior, since it may contain remnants of grease or detergents. We recommend against using waxes or products containing wax because it may lead to discoloration. If a damp cloth does not sufficiently clean an area, we recommend a non-detergent, non-abrasive household cleaner.

WEAR & TEAR Daily use can result in surface damages to your cabinetry. A touch-up pen and fill stick kit can assist you with minor repairs. Small scratches can be covered by “coloring” with the color matched pen. Deep scratches or gouges can be filled with the color matched fill stick. To use the fill stick, run it firmly along the scratch, applying enough pressure to fill the scratch. The touch-up kit is avaliable for purchase.

FINISH CHARACTERISTICS Our stained face frames, doors and drawer fronts are constructed from solid hardwood. Like fingerprints, no two pieces of wood are alike and differences in color or grain will be present in all exposed solid wood material. Individual species characteristics like knots, mineral streaking, sapping or pinholes, may also be present and are to be expected.
Our painted, thermofoil and laminate door styles have either a painted hardwood face frame or a thermofoil wrapped face frame. Expansion and contraction of frame may cause hairline paint cracks at joints, but the product performance will not be affected. The doors and drawer fronts are furniture grade MDF with a painted or thermofoil finish.

HARDWARE CARE Use mild soap and warm water to clean door, drawer knobs and pulls. Thoroughly dry hardware surfaces after cleaning. DO NOT use silver or brass polish.

AVOIDING EXCESSIVE HEAT SELF CLEANING APPLIANCE WARNING: Self-cleaning range ovens and built-in ovens generate heat exceeding 900 degrees during a cleaning cycle. The integrity of the appliance seal or gasket may be compromised due to age or improper alignment, allowing heat to escape that can damage your cabinetry. We recommend removing doors and/or drawers from cabinets adjacent to, directly above or below an appliance during a cleaning cycle to help prevent possible damage to the cabinet’s finish or surface. For thermofoil or laminate door styles, we recommend installing a heat shield on adjacent cabinets.

HUMIDITY LEVELS & YOUR CABINETS Your home’s humidity levels can be expected to affect your cabinetry doors and drawer fronts. Fluctuating temperatures and humidity can cause the MDF cabinetry to expand and contract. As reported in USA Today, 45% home humidity is the ideal for your comfort and health. The same can be said for your cabinetry. Homes with less than 30% humidity create an environment conducive for wood panel shrinkage which will be evidenced by the appearance of a white halo look around door and drawer front center panels. Returning your home to the proper humidity level will rectify this problem. If you choose to maintain your home humidity below the recommended standards, you may elect to use the touch-up pen provided with your kitchen to “color” the exposed halo area.

LIGHT EXPOSURE Exposure to UV light over extended periods of time, will alter your cabinetry color.