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Everyday Cabinet Care
Wipe up spills and watermarks as they occur. Excessive moisture is one of the worst enemies of any wood and finish. While Granite Source Inc. offers cabinets that are durable and moisture resistant, they are not waterproof.
Clean your cabinets as needed with a lint-free cloth, dampened with warm water only. Use a very mild soap and warm water only as needed. To remove grease, use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. After wiping and cleaning an area, dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.
Avoid the use of scouring pads, harsh chemicals, powdered cleansers or any ammonia-based products to clean your cabinetry. These items will dull and harm the finish. Do not use a dishcloth to wipe your cabinets, as it may contain grease and other contaminants. Avoid draping damp or wet towels over a door or drawer front. Over time, this constant moisture may cause permanent water damage.
Humidity and Moisture
Wood’s natural response to changes in humidity can be dramatic. Door panels may shrink, and cabinet boxes and drawers may warp. Joints may open and paint may crack or lift. Try to maintain a steady level of humidity in your home year-round, preferably between 30%-45%. A whole-house humidifier is ideal, but oftentimes, a portable humidifier in key areas can help. In Colorado’s dry climate, significant variations in humidity may be caused more from air conditioning or interior heating than from the weather outside. Finished wood responds to humidity over several weeks to several months. It takes time for the wood to return to normal after any correction to the environment.