Photo of wood Mullion doors stained
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., knows just how proud you are of your new cabinetry. With a little effort and a few precautions, you can keep your cabinetry looking as good as new for many years.

The following information will help maintain the beauty and luster of the original finish, as well as extend the life of the furniture.

Bathroom vanity countertop Beauty shot

Stained Wood, Painted Wood and MDF Cabinetry

Wood furniture of all types requires routine care and attention.

Photo of water damage

Photo show damage done to cabinets due to being cleaned improperly.
  • Dust frequently between polish applications

  • Polish furniture, monthly with wax free, silicone free and petroleum free polishes. Apply polish to a clean, soft, lint-free, cotton cloth and wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Never apply polish directly to the surface you are cleaning. Work on a small area at a time and wipe completely dry before moving to the next area. Wellborn recommends the use of Guardsman® Furniture Polish.

  • Clean spills and splatters immediately; prolonged exposure to spills food or liquids, may discolor your cabinet finish

  • Never use a dishcloth to wipe your cabinets, since it may contain remnants of grease and detergents.

  • Never use abrasive sponges, abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, harsh detergents, ammonia solutions, glass cleaner, water or powdered cleaners on wood surfaces. Wellborn recommends Guardsman® Cabinet Cleaner to remove kitchen grease, cooking oil, smoke film and several kinds of stains.

  • Use your cook top or oven hood fan when cooking. These fans draw steam and grease away from your cabinets.

  • Open a window or use your exhaust fan to help control steam buildup and moisture in bathrooms.

  • Treat your cabinetry as if it were furniture. The cabinets are constructed with the same grade wood as your furniture. They require the same care in order to reward you with long lasting beauty.

  • Never apply excessive weight, nor excessively pull down on thedoors as this may cause them to split at the hinge area and sag.

  • Never place more than 75 pounds of weight into any drawer as this may cause the bottom to sag or the drawer slides to work improperly.

Special precautions for Wellborn’s Midnight and Onyx finishes:

  • Finish should be cleaned with a damp cloth and no cleaning materials. The flat sheen will dull quickly.

  • No polish materials.

  • Touch up markers can be used for any light touch up.

Wood Cleaning Product Recommendations

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Glass Doors and Mirrors

  • Use a glass cleaner applied directly to the cleaning towel

  • Never spray directly on glass area since drips and overspray may reach and harm the wood surfaces of the door and/or surrounding cabinets.

  • Avoid glass cleaners that contain sodium hydrochloride, phosphoric acid or sulfur.

  • Use caution when using hair spray and mousse around mirrors. These products generally contain chemicals that are caustic to silver, which could damage the mirror backing

Food and Drawer Hardware

  • Door and drawer hardware should be cleaned only with mild soap and water

Laminate Cabinetry

  • Use a general multi-surface cleaner to clean laminate surfaces

Decorative Laminate Veneer Surfaces

We recommend waiting 24 hours after peeling off protective film before cleaning.

  • Use water and a mild soap (maximum 1% solution) using a soft cloth.

  • Avoid spraying products directly onto the surface, as it may leave stains and marks. Apply detergent on a soft damp cloth, clean surface and then rinse making sure to remove all soap residue. This may not remove dirt from the furrows of the deep surface, in this case we recommend you delicately clean the area using a melamine magic sponge: wet sponge with tepid water and squeeze it before wiping surface. Dry the cabinets immediately with a clean, dry, soft cloth after cleaning. Failure to dry your cabinets may result in finish damage and possibly damage the underlying wood. Do not use abrasive products, bleach or highly chlorinated products or acids.

Brilliant Collection Cleaning Instructions

  • Use a microfiber cloth and mild soap to clean surface and then rinse making sure to remove all soap residue. Dry cabinets immediately with a clean, dry microfiber cloth after cleaning. Failure to dry your cabinets may result in finish damage and perhaps damage to the underlying wood.

  • DO NOT use cleaning agents that contain alcohol, solvents, or abrasives on Brilliant Materials.

Element Designs’ Aluminum Door Program Cleaning Instructions

To insure proper cleaning and care of your product, please follow these simple suggestions for our materials:

Glass (gloss or satin surfaces)

We recommend using 99% isopropyl alcohol, citrus or vinegar based cleaners on a clean, non-abrasive cloth or paper towel. If a heavy stain is present and does not come clean using the suggestions above, use isopropyl alcohol with a Magic Eraser by gently scrubbing until the mark is removed.

Backpainted Glass

Follow instructions above for the gloss and/or satin surface of the glass, opposite the painted side. For the backpainted water based coating, we recommend using a mildly damp (water only) on a nonabrasive cloth to gently clean the coated side of the glass.

Aluminum Extrusions

Use a clean cloth with a mild detergent to clean the aluminum.

NEVER use an abrasive cleaning pad such as a metallic sponge, solvents, strong detergents or other chemical agents when cleaning glass or aluminum.

Cleaning Accessory Kits

  • Plastic and wire kits can be cleaned with mild soap and water

Things That Can Damage Your Cabinets


To limit the fading effects of ultra violet (UV) rays, furniture should not be placed in direct sunlight. Blinds, curtains and UV furniture polish help protect wood furniture from UV rays.

Humidity & temperature

Wood Cabinetry and Furniture should be placed in moderate temperatures (60-80 degrees F) and moderate humidity (30%-60% RH). Why?
  • All woods are subject to temperature & humidity changes in that they will expand and contract with changes in weather conditions. Joints in the face frames, doors and in certain accessories have a tendency to open up or form fine cracks due to the natural expansion and contraction in wood items. This tendency is more noticeable in painted finishes than in stained finishes, but can be noticed in both.

  • High humidity levels cause wood to absorb moisture and swell or expand. This can prevent butt doors from closing properly and cause doors and drawers to stick, and door panels to expand, creating joint separations.

  • Low humidity levels cause wood to release moisture and shrink or contract causing joint separations.


  • Heavy accessories may cause distortion to the top of the finish. Use cork or felt pads under accessories, not rubber or plastic. Lift objects rather than dragging them across the furniture surface. Rotate objects several times a year.

Place Settings

  • To limit damage to wood finishes, replace vinyl and plastic tablecloths or place mats with linen. Cloth place mats should not be left on furniture for extended periods of time.

  • Use pads, cloth or felt to protect surfaces from plastics, rubber, hot dishes, beverages, bookends, flowerpots and vases.

Wood & Water Don’t Mix

Wood & Water Don’t Mix Water ring

Too much water used on floor with mopping, water soaked into the cabinets Water damage
  • Always wipe up spills, splatters, water spots and moisture from your cabinetry with a clean soft cloth as they occur, give special attention to areas around sink and dishwasher. Water left to puddle or stand can dull or mark the finish and if the exposure is extreme, can even warp wood.

  • Open a window or your exhaust fan to help control steam buildup in bathrooms. Always wipe up water on your countertop, this is especially important around the edges and at the seams where your countertop joins.

  • Do not drape damp or wet towels over cabinet doors. Over time, this moisture can cause permanent damage to your door and its finish.

  • When mopping your floors, don’t use mops dripping with water. Excess water could be absorbed by your toe kick or cause finish damage to cabinetry legs and/or feet.

  • Treat your cabinets as you would fine furniture, use coasters, pads, cloths or runners to protect against spills and water rings.
Excess moisture is an enemy of any finish.

Ovens, Ranges and Cabinetry

  • Do not allow oven cleaner to touch any part of your cabinetry.

  • Self cleaning ovens use intense heat as a cleaning agent, if the oven heat gasket is damaged or does not seal properly, this intense heat can cause damage to your cabinetry.

  • Wellborn recommends the use of heat shields to help minimize the risk of damage during cleaning cycles. We also recommend that you remove the doors and drawers from cabinets that are above or adjacent to a self-cleaning oven. Heat cycles may discolor cabinetry.

Coffee Makers and Toasters That Mount Beneath Cabinets

We strongly recommend that you do not use these heat producing appliances beneath cabinets. Both the excessive heat and moisture from these appliances can damage cabinetry.

Dishwashers & Cabinets

The dishwasher was opened before the drying cycle 
                        was complete. Water spilled onto floor and soaked into the toe
  • Do not open your dishwasher during a cycle. Excess water falling out of the dishwasher could be absorbed by your cabinet’s Toe Kick.

  • Wait until your dishwasher has finished cleaning and the heat and steam has dissipated before opening.


  • Never place more than 75 pounds of weight into any drawer as this may cause the bottom to sag or the drawer slides to work improperly. Also, the weight of what is stored in each drawer should be evenly distributed for the best durability.

  • Never use a drawer as a step as this may cause the bottom of the drawer to sag or the slides to warp.

Never attempt to repair severely damaged surfaces without the proper materials or professional help. Consult your local Authorized Wellborn Dealer for badly damaged furniture.

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