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.
Stained Wood, Painted Wood and MDF Cabinetry
Wood furniture of all types requires routine care and attention.
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.
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
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
to order Wellborn recommended Guardsman® cleaning products.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Excess moisture is an enemy of any finish.
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.
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
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
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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