How to clean and care for natural wood cabinets

At Distinguished Kitchen & Bath Cabinetry, we offer a wide range of natural wood cabinets. And on this blog, we’ve written a lot about the different natural woods available from maple to cherry, pine to mahogany. But what’s the best way to clean natural wood cabinets? Here’s how to care for your custom-made, natural wood cabinets.

#1 Avoid harsh cleaning agents

First things first: remember that wooden cabinets are made of natural materials, so they are vulnerable to harsh materials. Never clean natural wood cabinets with steel wool or scourers, and avoid harsh cleaning agents that contain bleach or lots of chemicals.

Use a gentle solution of dish soap and warm water. Wipe cabinets with a soft, damp cloth. Try to clean cabinet doors at least every two weeks, and be especially careful to clean the handles, where dirt and bacteria can build up.

#2 Control humidity levels

Natural wood can warp and change shape if the air is very damp. So first of all, make sure your kitchen and bathroom are well-ventilated. Ideally, the wood should be finished with a sealant or varnish so that it’s protected from humidity.

When you clean your cabinets, make sure that you wipe them dry right away. Don’t leave any moisture sitting on the surface.

#3 Polish cabinets to a shine

As well as cleaning your cabinets with a gentle soap solution, you should polish the wood occasionally, too. Use a soft cloth, and choose a polish which matches the natural color of the wood. Your local showroom will be able to recommend a good brand or supplier.

#4 Repair small scratches

Over time, natural wood cabinets may get a few scratches – especially if you have a busy family home. You can fix small scratches with a wax fill stick. Some showrooms will even provide you with a “touch up kit” when your kitchen or bathroom cabinets are first installed. However, larger scratches, dents or stains will need re-finishing.

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