Maintaining Your Scandia Cabinets
Recommendations for cabinetry finished by Scandia Custom Cabinets.
With proper care, your Scandia Cabinets will provide a lifetime of use and satisfaction. Proper care involves routine cleaning, polishing and avoidance of damaging household cleaners. The beauty of wood is in the variation in graining and hue. Because wood is a natural product, it has inherent variation. This variation includes many natural characteristics as a result of tree growth patterns, as well as differences in color and grain due to variations in growing conditions.
Cleaning with the appropriate materials will help preserve your finish. Wipe with a dampened cloth and promptly wipe dry. Use a clean cloth dampened with a solution of mild dish washing liquid and water to remove oil, grease, food residue or daily spills.
Excessive moisture may stain or cause other damage with prolonged contact. If a spill occurs, wipe it promptly with a damp cloth or sponge and dry the surface immediately. Use a blotting action rather than a wiping action to remove the substance.
Cabinetry near the sink, dishwasher and baseboards are most susceptible to excessive moisture. Dry off any areas immediately where water has spilled or moisture formed.
Avoid Temperature and Humidity Extremes
Extremes in temperature and humidity can cause wood to expand and contract, swell or warp, and possibly damage the finish of your cabinetry. It is important to control the temperature and humidity in your home year-round. See below how your home’s climate can affect your wood components.
Avoid Exposure to Waxes and Harsh Cleaners
Most common self-polishing waxes can damage your finish. Take care to use only high-quality cream furniture polishes.
Harsh cleaners can damage the finish of your cabinetry. Avoid cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, citric acid (including orange and lemon oil) and organic solvents, harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleansers; or self-polishing waxes (particularly products that contain silicone). We do not recommend using paste wax because of the “build up” and “yellowing” effects over time. We do recommend the use of a high-quality cream furniture polish.
Scandia Custom Cabinets recommends an emulsion-type cleaner (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap or Guardsman Clean and Polish). These are formulated without wax, petroleum solvents or silicones. The extended use of wax polishes can result in a film buildup and the use of silicone polishes can harm the cabinet’s finish.