How to Care for and Maintain Your Custom Cabinetry

Wood Exteriors

Color and grain variations are natural characteristics in authentic wood surfaces. Since no trees are exactly alike, these variations are evident in every piece of wood. Natural variations are blended somewhat by the application of toners and stains. These finish applications are not designed to eliminate, but to enhance the charm and unique characteristics of the natural wood.

General Information

It is important to keep the cabinet surfaces dry. Areas of quick temperature changes and excessive moisture, such as bathtubs, showers and oven ranges, can be harmful to the cabinet finish and overall cabinet stability. Most of the suggestions below are simple, common sense practices that you probably already know and follow. We just want to make sure you avoid potential damage by following our simple guidelines.

Initial Cleaning After Installation

To remove dust, use a soft, lint-free cotton cloth to wipe down all exterior and interior surfaces.

Basic Cleaning

  • Clean as needed with a soft, lint-free cotton cloth. Use a mild detergent or soap, and warm water.
  • Dry surfaces immediately with a soft, lint-free cotton cloth.
  • Avoid using a dish cloth or sponge to clean cabinet surfaces. Harsh detergent residues may harm finishes.
  • Avoid ammonia-based cleaner and soaps with dye.

Wipe Spills Promptly

Wipe up spills and water spots immediately with a lint-free cotton cloth so moisture is not absorbed into the cabinetry. Check the areas around the sink and dishwasher to make sure water and detergents do not dry on the cabinet surface.

Furniture Treatment

To maintain the beauty of your cabinets, care for them as you would any piece of fine furniture. The state-of-the-art, cured finish does not require wax. However, if you choose to apply a cleaner/wax, Van Arbour Design has an approved product available for such occasions. Contact us for more information.


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