Care and Cleaning

Park Cabinets takes great pride in building quality products that will last for many years under normal use.  With some simple care and cleaning, you will be able to enjoy your cabinets for years to come.  We have prepared these tips to help you maintain the beauty of your professionally finished cabinets.  You can also dowload our Care and Cleaning Tips document.

Initial Cleaning After Installation

Cleaning up your cabinets before you "move in" can take some extra care and attention.  If you have professional cleaners to do the job, please ensure they follow these basic steps, or if you are doing it yourself, you can make sure you do it correctly to avoid potential damage.

  • If your cabinets have a very heavy layer of construction dust, you may wish to first blow off the dust using low pressure air from a compressor.  The interior of the cabinets and drawer boxes can be vacuumed to remove material if you wish; however, do not vacuum the exterior of the cabinets even with a soft brush as you risk scratching the finish on the doors.
  • The exterior finished surfaces need to be cleaned carefully with a soft damp cloth to remove the dust.  The cloth should be rinsed frequently to remove excess debris and minimize the potential for scratching the surface.  If necessary, you can use a mild dish detergent solution.  Do not use excessive amounts of water and be sure to dry the cabinets with a clean soft cloth so as to not leave water on the finish for an extended period of time.
  • Depending on the amount of dust that is built up, you may need to repeat this cleaning process a couple of times.  

Everyday Cleaning

Kitchen cabinets are more susceptible to grease and food spills than any other area of your house.  To prevent the build-up of dust and grease you can clean your cabinets fairly frequenty if you wish without worrying about damaging them provided you follow the cleaning guidelines outlined.  Use a soft damp clot and if necessary, you can use a mild dish detergent solution.  Do not use excessive amounts of water and be sure to dry the cabinets with a clean soft cloth so as to not leave water on the finish for an extended period of time.  Also, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Spills and watermarks should be promptly wiped clean
  • Never hang wet towels or dishcloths over the doors, drawer fronts or handles.  This moisture can cause permanent damage to the finish if exposed to this for prolonged periods of time.
  • Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain

Things to Avoid

 The following cleaning products are to be avoided as they will damage the finish of the cabinets:

  • Harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaning products such as tub and sink cleansers, scouring powder, scouring pads, steel wool or polishing waxes.
  • Sponges or dish cloths.  These items may contain food particles that could scratch your cabinets, or they may contain food and oil residue or remanents of harsh cleaning solutions.
  • Solvent based or petroleum based such as mineral spirits, nail polish removers, or paint thinners.
  • Any cleaning product that contains ammonia.
  • Any cleaning product that contains bleach.
  • Silicone based cleaning, waxing or polishing products.