Protecting Your Dream

No wood or finish is completely moisture proof. Not even our durable and moisture-resistant fine furniture finish. To maintain the look and style that is uniquely yours, follow these everyday cabinet care and cleaning dos and don’ts.

Do

  • Wipe up spills and watermarks as they occur.
  • Clean cabinets as needed with a lint-free cloth, dampened with only warm water.
  • Use a very mild soap and only warm water, if needed.
  • Remove grease using a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.
  • After wiping and cleaning an area, dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.

Don’t

  • Use scouring pads, harsh chemicals, powdered cleansers or any ammonia-based products to clean cabinetry.
  • Wipe your cabinets with a dishcloth as it can contain remnants of grease and other contaminants.
  • Drape damp or wet towels over a door or drawer front, as constant moisture will cause permanent water damage over time.

Controlling Humidity and Moisture

Wood’s natural response to changes in humidity is much more dramatic that the average person realizes. The degree of changes can range up to three-quarters of an inch from summer to winter months. A cabinet door panel is likely to shrink in low humidity and expand in excess humidity.

Excessive variations in humidity will cause noticeable changes to your cabinetry, including but not limited to:

  • White lining of panels
  • Excessive gaps or overlapping of doors
  • Warping
  • Open joints
  • Paint cracking or lifting

While your cabinetry is being created, we strive to keep the air in the factory between 40 to 45% relative humidity during the complete manufacturing process. However, Woodland Cabinetry’s warranty does not apply if our cabinetry is exposed to extremes in temperature or humidity in your home.

STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR REAL WOOD FURNISHINGS

Monitor and maintain your humidity — reasonably accurate digital thermometer-hygrometer units are available from general goods retailers and hardware stores.

Maintain humidity levels between 30% to 45% at all times —install a whole-house humidifier on the furnace is best for dry climates, Running a portable humidifier in key areas also helps. For very humid climates, air conditioning helps to dry down the air to the desired range.

Don’t over do it — significant condensation on windows is a sign that humidity levels are too high for outside temperature conditions in cold weather.

Watch wood response — it’s important to understand that finished wood responds to humidity over several weeks or as long as two months. It takes time before wood returns to normal after any correction to the environment.