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Taking Care of Your Cabinetry - Cabinetry 101

Spring is in full swing - have you already started your spring cleaning? If so, don't forget your cabinetry! It's an essential part of your home that's always on display and needs proper care to maximize its longevity. With a little effort and a few precautions, you can keep your cabinetry looking beautiful for years to come.

The following will help maintain the beauty and luster of your cabinetry:

photo by: The Spruce - Sarah Crowley

  • For STAINED cabinetry, polish cabinets 3-4 times a year with a wax-free & silicone-free polish.

  • Apply polish to a clean, soft, lint-free, cotton cloth and wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Never apply polish directly to the surface you are cleaning.

  • Work on a small area at a time and wipe completely dry before moving to the next area.

  • Dust once or twice a month between polish applications.

  • Water and wood don’t mix. Clean spills and splatters immediately, exposing your cabinets to spills, food or liquids for an extended period of time may discolor your cabinet finish.

  • Never use a dishtowel to wipe your cabinets as it may contain remnants of grease.

  • Never use harsh detergents, glass cleaner, or ammonia products on your cabinets.

  • Keep steam away from your cabinets, i.e. when releasing the pressure from your instapot, be sure the steam is not going up the face of your cabinetry.

  • Keep the indoor humidity levels between 30-50% with the ideal level being about 45%.

  • When mopping your floors, don’t use mops dripping with water. Excess water could be absorbed by your toe kick and cause finish damage.


Adding your cabinetry to your seasonal cleaning list is an absolute MUST DO! With just some simple care, you can keep your cabinetry looking good for many years maximizing your investment in your home.

Be sure to check out our other organizing and cleaning tips and tricks in the blog posts below!


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