Care & Cleaning
As with all wood products the single most important thing to remember is to avoid excessive moisture. Your new Out of the Woods Cabinets are all finished on the exterior with conversion varnish, one of the most durable, water resistant and heat resistant finishes available for use in cabinetry. In the interior of the cabinets we use a premium thermo-fused melamine which is extremely durable and cleanable. As a result of using such a high quality products and finishes, care and cleaning of your cabinetry should be simplified and easy.
Cleaning your cabinetry is as simple as using a clean, soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water. If more intense cleaning is needed for dirt or grease use a fresh solution of a mild dish-washing liquid, such as Dawn, mixed with warm water. It is not recommended to use a dish rag as it may contain remnants of dirt or grease. After cleaning be sure to immediately dry the surface with another clean dry cloth. Do not leave any moisture or standing water on the cabinets or allow water to seep into the corners of the cabinets. It is important to wipe all spills and water marks as they occur, particularly around the sink and dishwasher.
It is not recommended that you use any cleaning products that contain: oil, silicone, or wax. With the quality cabinet finish used, these products are not recommended and are unnecessary. Over time these products can build up causing discoloration of the cabinets and change the cabinet sheen, they also tend to attract dust more quickly which often causes you to use them more often. For regular dusting use a clean, dry, cotton cloth or a clean lint duster. It is not recommended to use aerosol dusting products as many of them contain oil. Never use harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, ammonia or bleach on your cabinetry.
We do not recommend or endorse any other material or method for cleaning (and none should be needed) but for any other type of cleaning or product you may decide to try, we suggest that the product or method be done first in a small area in an inconspicuous spot on the cabinet, such as the back of a door.
For cleaning the interior of your cabinetry you should follow the same recommendations as the exterior, the notable exception is that the interior of the cabinets can be cleaned with most any mild, non abrasive cleaning product. The surfaces of the melamine are water resistant, however don not allow water to seep into corners and edges of the cabinet interior, this can cause swelling and discoloration of the wood substrate.
SOLID SURFACE “GIBRALTAR” ® CARE AND CLEANING
Wilsonart® Solid Surface was created to provide convenience with an elegant appearance when cared for properly. We’ve developed these simple guidelines to address the basic maintenance principles that apply to all types of surfaces. They will assist you to preserve the distinctive look and feel of your Wilsonart® Solid Surface.
WILSONART® and other Laminate Surfaces
To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. Difficult stains such as coffee or tea can be removed using a mild household cleaner and baking soda; mixing to achieve a paste consistency. Use a stiff nylon bristle brush, scrubbing (approx. 15-20 strokes) the affected area. Do not scrub so as to mar (damage, scratch) the surface finish.
Stubborn stains that resist any of the above cleaning methods may require the use of undiluted household bleach or nail polish remover. Use a cotton ball saturated with bleach or nail polish remover (acetone), gently rub the stain for up to two minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry using a soft cloth. This step may be repeated if the stain appears to be going away and the color of the laminate has not been affected.