Loving Your Cabinets
Care & 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 download 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.
Adjustments

Doors and drawer fronts will from time-to-time go out of adjustment with frequent use or some external force happened to be applied to them.  Fortunately, adjustments are typically very simple and something you can do yourself to avoid the cost of a service call.

Door Adjustments

Virtually all doors hinged by Park Cabinets use what is known as a euro hinge.  We use high quality Blum hinges that have 3 way adjustment capability – height, side-to-side and depth.

Height Adjustment.  This adjustment involves two screws, one to the top and one to the bottom of the hinge clip.   Loosen the screws slightly and then lift the door either up or down to the desired alignment and then tighten the screws again  to secure the door in place.

Side to Side Adjustment.  Turn the front adjustment screw to adjust the door left or right.  The direction of the turn and its effect depends on which side the door is hinged on.

Depth Adjustment.  Turn the back adjustment screw to change how far the door sits from the face of your cabinet.

Drawer Front Adjustments

Drawer fronts typically do not change adjustment after the initial installation because they have screws that attach the drawer front to the drawer box and the handle screws that also attach the drawer front to the drawer box.  However, if something is out of alignment, loosen the handle and there will be one screw on either side of the drawer box that attaches the drawer front to the drawer box.  If you loosen these screws just a little bit the drawer front can usually be shifted a little bit to bring it into adjustment.  Once the adjustment is set, you re-tighten the handle screws and drawer box screws to hold it securely in place again.

If your cabinets have the newest Blum Movento drawer slides, these ones have a 4 way adjustment built-in to adjust side-to-side, in-and-out, up-and-down, and the tilt of the drawer face.  The adjustments are simple and can be easily done by home owners.  See the following instructions to adjust Movento slides if necessary.

Touch-Ups

There are two common touch-up “tools” that will do the job on most minor knicks on a cabinet finish – fill sticks and stain pens. In general stained wood finishes are the easiest to touch-up.

A fill stick is almost like a wax crayon. It is simple to use just rub the fill stick on the area and rub off any excess with a soft cloth. As they are only effective on a small mark, there is no need to put any type of finish coat on top of the fill stick.

Stain pens can be used to fix-up a little larger area where the finish has been rubbed through to the bare wood. Stain pens are similar to a felt pen. Simply run the felt tip over the defect area. Remove any excess with a soft cloth. It may take a couple of applications to get the deisred coverage. Do not let the stain dry before wiping off any excess. If the defect area being fixed-up is fairly large and/or very prominent, it may require a coat of clear lacquer on top of the stain so the finish more closely matches the original factory finish.

Attempting to fix up a solid lacquer finish that has been damaged is the more challenging touch-up. For very small minor knicks the fill stick may do the job but large marks are unlikely to be repaired. While the mark may be covered up, it is likely that the mark will be just as noticable.

Warranty & Terms of Purchase

Park Cabinets is committed to providing quality products and offers an industry leading warranty to back up our commitment to our excellent products.  We offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty and will warrant to the original owner/purchaser, for as long as they own the home, that their cabinets will be free of defects in material and workmanship under normal use.

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Click here to view Park Cabinets Standard Terms of Purchase