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 and silicone free polish. 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.
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.
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 or powdered cleaners on wood surfaces. Wellborn
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 doors
as this may cause them to split at the hinge area and sag.
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.
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 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: we sponge with tepid water and squeeze
it before wiping surface. Dry 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
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
possibly damage the underlying wood.
DO NOT use cleaning agents that contain alcohol, solvents,
or abrasives on Brilliant Materials.
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, spatters, 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 join.
Do not drape damp or wet towels over cabinet doors. Over time,
this moisture can cause permanent damage to your door and its
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’s 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 Thermofoil 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
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.
Plastic and wire kits can be cleaned with mild soap and water
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
Cleaning Product Recommendations
to order Wellborn recommended Guardsman® cleaning products.
Never attempt to repair badly damaged surfaces without the proper
materials or professional help. Consult your local Authorized
Wellborn Dealer for badly damaged furniture.
Element Designs’ Aluminum Door Program
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 pads such as a metallic sponge, solvents,
strong detergents or other chemical agents when cleaning glass or aluminum.
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