Simply wipe with a damp cloth or sponge, then dry immediately. To remove food residue or grease, use any common dish washing liquid and a damp cloth to wipe clean. Dry thoroughly. FOR SPILLS: If a spill occurs, clean up and dry the surface immediately. Left unattended, a spill can soak through the surface and cause damage.
Wood Surface Care
As a rule, wood finishes may be cleaned and protected with any commercial cleaning polish. Products such as Murphy’s Oil Soap contain no wax, petroleum or silicone. (Wax tends to build up on the surface. Silicone can harm the cabinet’s finish.) Wipe the surfaces with a clean, damp cloth, and then dry immediately. To remove general soil or grease, use any common dish washing liquid and a damp cloth to wipe clean. Dry thoroughly. Excess moisture can damage any cabinet finish; areas near the sink, range, dishwasher, oven and baseboards are the most susceptible. Keep these surfaces dry. Avoid draping damp cloths or dishtowels over cabinet doors. Over time this moisture could cause permanent water damage. Waxing is not necessary, but you may apply any furniture polish or lemon oil recommended for fine furniture if desired. Be sure to wipe off any excess to avoid build-up. NOTE: Do not use a dishcloth for cleaning. It could contain remnants of grease or detergents. BLEACH AND AMMONIA: Avoid using cleansers that contain bleach, ammonia, or abrasives. These cleaners can damage your cabinet’s finish.
Thermofoil and Painted Surfaces
Our thermofoil and painted styles are both durable and trouble-free. Most non-abrasive household cleaners are ideal for these surfaces. However, cleaners with acetone, ethyl alcohol, or mineral oils should not be used. Harsh solvents and/or abrasives like turpentine may break down bonds used to bond the edges, so avoid their use. DO NOT WAX OR POLISH THERMOFOIL, OR PAINTED SURFACES.
Cleaning the Hardware
The occasional use of mild soap and warm water to clean door and drawer hardware is recommended. After cleaning, thoroughly dry all hardware joints and surfaces and surrounding area with a clean, soft cloth, and buff hardware with the same. Hinges may be cleaned with cotton-tipped swabs. Lubrication is not necessary.
CAUTION: Many brass and silver polishes contain harsh chemicals that can damage the hardware’s surface (or the cabinet finish). DO NOT USE.
Maintaining Your Butcher Block
Our solid maple butcher block may be wiped clean with a damp cloth or sponge and dried thoroughly after vegetable, bread or dry good cutting. Make sure liquids that seep into the reverse side are also dried. Occasionally, a small amount of mineral or vegetable oil should be rubbed into both sides of the block. CAUTION: When the maple block is used during preparation of poultry or other meats, bacteria can remain on the surface and be transferred to other foods and tools. If ingested, the bacteria can cause serious or fatal illness. When uncooked meat touches the board, clean both sides thoroughly with a sponge or cloth soaked in hot water and detergent. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry thoroughly.