We appreciate that you have come to Bigstone Custom Cabinets for your purchase. We would love to see your cabinets looking beautiful 20 years from now just as they were when they were brand new. Fingerprints, food smudges, and greasy buildup can leave your kitchen cabinets looking dingy and dull. The longer you wait to clean them, the harder it becomes. We have provided the following information below to aid you in maintaining the lustre of your new cabinets.
January 2011 Bigstone Custom Cabinets made strides to launch a “Greener” product line. A pivotal change we implemented was switching completely to a waterborne finish on all of our finished cabinet components. Bigstone Custom Cabinets no longer uses solvent based product in our finishing process.
For customers who have purchased products from us prior to January 2011, we have included instructions on maintaining our previous solvent base finish as well.
Cabinet door & wood component maintenance procedures:
Waterborne or water base finish:
Most cabinet types, including metal, plastic laminate, painted wood, and vinyl cabinets, can be cleaned with a solution of dish soap liquid and warm water. This simple and mild solution is enough to get food smudges, dust, and mild grease build~up off of your cabinets. Rinse thoroughly with another clean cloth, before drying with a final cloth. Avoid using products that contain wax, silicone, ammonia, or bleach. Products containing these ingredients will damage the finish over time. It is also recommended that the humidity levels in the location remain between 40 and 50 percent. If it becomes drier than this you may find that the doors will shrink, joints may open up, and cracks may appear. If humidity levels return the joints mayor may not return to normal, however, cracks will not disappear on their own.
Solvent base finish:
Like with most other components, a mild soap and water on a damp cloth is most effective. Rinse thoroughly with another clean cloth, before drying with a final cloth. In addition, wiping your cabinets doors with mineral oil or boiled linseed oil annually each year will help to keep the doors looking newer for longer. Avoid using products that contain wax, silicone, ammonia, or bleach. Products containing these ingredients will damage the finish over time. It is also recommended that the humidity levels in the location remain between 40 and 50 percent. If it becomes drier than this you may find that the doors will shrink, joints may open up, and cracks may appear. If humidity levels return the joints mayor may not return to normal, however, cracks will not disappear.
Counter top maintenance procedures:
Stone counter tops are generally low maintenance and are to be cleansed with a mild soap and water. It has been suggested by many stone processors that a sealer be applied once every year. This sealer is a liquid that you typically wipe on and can be purchased from most local hardware stores. Please follow the instructions set out on the manufacturer’s label.
As with all stone products they are cool to the touch and placing hot items on a cool surface may cause the stone to crack. Harsh abrasives and chemicals are not recommended for cleaning, again, mild soap and water is your best option.
It is best if laminate counter tops are cleansed using a mild soap and water, but if this does not do the trick, Wilson~Art has provided a list of do’s and don’ts at the following internet link. http://www.countertop.com/care The instructions set out here, apply to all laminate counter top brands.
The use of bleach on counter tops is strongly discouraged!
Wood butcher block top:
The important point with wood butcher block tops is to not let moisture penetrate the wood. If moisture penetrates, bacteria will penetrate also. Glue joints will break when moisture penetrates. The wood will swell and shrink and break the glue bond. For an unfinished or oiled butcher block, it is highly recommended that food safe butcher~block oil be used. (i.e. – “Watco” butcher block oil and finish) This oil should be applied as per the manufacturer’s instruction label, and continually on an ‘as needed’ basis. DO NOT use vegetable oil or any other cooking oils to oil your butcher block.
After the initial coat of oil has been applied see the steps below.
Specific steps needed to keep your butcher block looking new:
1. Wash with mild soap and water and let dry thoroughly
2. Kill bacteria left behind from raw meat using one tablespoon of bleach in 1 gallon of warm water.
3. Remove tough stains from your butcher block by soaking it for several seconds with lemon juice.
4. Re~coat with food safe butcher block oil when you notice the wood drying or the color fading.
For varnished butcher blocks, use a mild soap and water only.
Mild soap and water is your best choice here as well. Melamine interiors in cabinets are made of a similar material to laminate countertops, and as such should be cared for in the same manner. Use caution however because there are joints where water can seep in and swell the core of the melamine. There are also a few components used in the box construction that are not melamine. These non-melamine components should be touched with nothing more than a damp cloth. For cabinets with crumbs or other residues it is a good idea to vacuum out the cupboard after is it emptied prior to wiping down the interior.
Birch Plywood Interior:
A mild soap and water on a damp cloth is most effective to clean your plywood interiors. Rinse thoroughly with another clean cloth, before drying with a final cloth. For cabinets with crumbs or other residues it is a good idea to vacuum out the cupboard after is it emptied prior to wiping down the interior.
You have put a lot of thought and care into the purchase of your cabinets and we hope that they remain functional and beautiful for many years to come. If you need further information than what is provided on our website, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to provide you with the information you require.
From all the staff at Bigstone Custom Cabinets, we sincerely thank you for your business!