Wood Care Tips for Keeping Your Orlando Kitchen Looking New
At Kitchen Tune-Up we want to make sure your Orlando wood cabinets last you for years to come. In order to extend the life of your
wood products and keep them looking their best, we have compiled a list of
easy-to-follow tips. If you follow these tips, your kitchen will look newly
remodeled for a long time.
- Clean all food spills from wood
surfaces immediately & thoroughly. Most foods can damage wood finishes
eventually, particularly high acid foods such as orange juice, coffee,
tea, mustard, etc. Don’t wipe up spills with a recently used washrag or
dish sponge as some strong detergents are also damaging to wood surfaces.
- When cleaning off wood, use
mild soap and water with a clean, lint-free rag. Use water sparingly and
towel dry any excess. Water can permanently raise the graining of the
wood. When water sits on wood, it can penetrate through the finish.
- Remove dirt and dust from wood
regularly. Using a soft cloth or similarly gentle dust-collecting tool,
gently wipe the entire surface, being careful to follow the grain.
- Polish the wood rather than wax
it. Be cautious of over the counter
sprays and “cleaners” as they may contain silicone or wax products. While
these products create a temporary shine, wax attracts dust, dirt and
grease that will build up under multiple layers of wax.
- Never apply polishes over dirty
wood. Before polishing, wipe away all dirt, dust or spills. Applying over
dirty wood only makes the problem worse, and can lead to scratches and
even worse damage.
- Open your windows as often as
possible. This gives the wood fresh air and a chance to breathe. Natural
humidity is good for wood. Conversely, a controlled environment can dry out
wood quickly. This can cause premature cracking and splitting if not
corrected on a regular basis.
- Go with the grain. Any work
performed on wood involving any type of physical or mechanical action
should always be performed in the direction of the grain. This will keep
your wood surfaces flat and smooth and prevent items from catching and
even ripping the wood.
- Use a ventilating fan when
cooking. It removes the majority of airborne smoke and grease which
otherwise would be absorbed by wood cabinetry. It also prevents water
vapor from settling on the wood and removing finish or even causing the
wood to warp.
- Whenever possible, do not
expose wood surfaces to direct sunlight. The sun not only accelerates drying;
it also tends to bleach wood. In turn, stain pigments become discolored
and new pigments cannot penetrate the wood. This gives your cabinets an
unwanted washed-out effect.
- Do not set synthetics, rubber
or plastics on the wood finish. The chemicals in these products may damage
These are a few tips that will help keep your
kitchen looking like new. If you have any questions or want to learn more about
how we can keep your kitchen up-to-date and beautiful, contact us at
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