How To Care For And Maintain Your Cabinets?
User contribute a great deal of indoor air pollutants to the indoor environment through cleaning products, perfumes, paints, and stains. In addition to these pollutants, furniture release off-gases and contribute different indoor pollutants that may cause health problems if there is no proper ventilation. Regardless of your level of immunity to the variety of pollutants present in your premises, it is very important to allow fresh air into your premises to replace the stale air. This includes opening your window throughout the year and running your ceiling or stand-alone fans to circulate the air. Circulating fresh air is especially important when there are new products, materials or furniture in the house. In addition, a ventilation equipment should be used to increase and circulate the airflow.
Finishes Care & Maintenance
With regular care and maintenance, your furniture will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain the finish quality of your product, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.
Wood / Veneered Cabinet Surfaces
As with all wood products, avoid excessive moisture. All cabinets are usually designed for use inside the homes and buildings and is not intended for outdoor applications.
How to Clean and Maintenance
Wipe all exteriors regularly with a slight damp soft cloth to remove dust. Complete a small area at a time and wipe dry with a dry soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Clean the surface once a month with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wooden furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth. Twice a year, apply a good quality emulsion wax to the finish with a soft cloth. Emulsion wax is clear and prevent fingerprints. Wood cabinetry finishes may be cleaned and protected by using any commercially available cleaning polish. A good emulsion-type cleaner is usually formulated without wax, petroleum solvents or silicones. The extended use of wax polishes can result in a wax film buildup, while the use of silicone polishes can harm the cabinet's finish.
Care and Cleaning of Hardware
Do's - Periodically, use mild soap and warm water to clean door/drawer knobs or pulls. Dry all hardware joints and surfaces and the surrounding area thoroughly with a clean soft cloth, buff hardware with a clean dry cloth. Lubrication of hinges is not necessary; however, hinges can be cleaned or dusted using cotton-tipped swabs.
Minor Repair for Veneer Surfaces - For minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches, rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using a good steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a colour and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.
Re-gluing Wood Furniture Veneer
Loose Veneer - Small pieces of loose veneer can be reglued. Large veneer repair jobs should be handled by a professional furniture repairer. If a piece of veneer has come off the surface, lay the veneer on a flat surface and scrape off the glue. Do not wet veneer. Remove the old glue from the piece of furniture, not the veneer. Put glue on both pieces and put the veneer in place, add a paper pad, and clamp down with C-clamps or lay weights on it. Be sure the pressure covers all parts of the piece of veneer and don't remove the pressure until the glue is dry. If veneer is still attached but has loosened from an edge or corner, use a hypodermic needle or thin knife blade to insert wood glue into the area. Proceed with clamping as described above.
Blister - If you have a blister in the veneer, cut a slit with the point of a sharp thin knife at the side of the blister where the veneer is still glued. Be sure to follow the grain of the wood. Hold the slit open with the knife. Fill the blister with warm white vinegar and let it stand for several hours to dissolve the glue. Wipe away any vinegar that remains with a damp cloth. Let the blister and the surrounding wood dry thoroughly before adding glue. Then work plenty of wood glue under the blister, using a hypodermic needle or thin knife blade to get the glue in the blister. Apply pressure to flatten it. Leave it under pressure until the glue is completely dry.