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Kitchen cabinets, just like fine furniture, should be dusted or vacuumed periodically depending on the amount of particulate matter that may have accumulated. Always dust with a polish-moistened or damp cloth, as dry-dusting may scratch the surface. It is also a good practice to try to follow the grain of the wood when dusting - wiping across the grain could cause scratches to appear if the dust contains grit.

Residues such as smoke, cooking vapors or body oils can be cleaned with a damp cloth with a small amount of furniture cleaner. Remember to use clean soft cloth such as an old T-shirt, cheesecloth, dishtowel, flannel, or chamois with no snaps or buttons that may scratch the surface.
The are three basic types of furniture care products: silicones, waxes, and polishes.

While silicone cleaners offer a high degree of shine, the silicone seeps into even the highest quality finishes creating a barrier that will not accept stain or finish. This makes it virtually impossible to re-finish or touch up when it may be required.
All SHER-WOOD® catalyzed finishes are durable and hard enough that in most cases they do not require any wax. Waxes should actually be avoided because their regular use may result in build-up wax film on the surface. This build-up could actually attract dirt, smoke, and other pollutants in the air, resulting in smudges and streaks. Also, many waxes contain grit that may permanently damage the surface if used improperly.
Polishes would be the best choice for use. They contain detergents to clean the dirt, emulsifiers to give it body to clean and last longer, and mineral oil is left behind as a barrier for dirt and moisture while leaving no wax or silicone residue.
When good maintenance procedures are followed the SHER-WOOD® finishes selected will beautify and protect for years to come.

Basic Care Tips

  • Wipe up spills, splatters, and water spots as they occur - keep cabinets dry.

  • Clean as needed with soft, lint free cloth. Use a mild detergent or soap and warm water.

  • Dry surfaces immediately with a soft cloth.

  • Avoid using a dishcloth or sponge - they could countain remnants of grease or harsh detergents.

  • Do not use products with bleach, ammonia, or abrasive additives.

  • Never use scouring pads, steel wool, or powdered cleaners.

  • Do not allow oven cleaners to come into contact with wood finishes

  • Avoid placing small kitchen appliances where heat is directed onto cabinet surfaces.

  • Avoid draping damp cloths or dishtowels over cabinet doors - excessive moisture can cause permanent damage.

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