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Do you want a low maintenance kitchen when you remodel?

Schrock Thermafoil White Cabinetry

Schrock Thermofoil White Cabinetry

An important consideration when planning to remodel your kitchen is how much time you plan to spend cleaning and maintaining the cabinetry. It will only look beautiful for years to come if you care for it on a regular basis. With today’s hectic lifestyles, few people want to spend their precious free time cleaning. Of course, if you can afford it, you could hire someone to do this work. But for the moment, let’s say that’s not an option.

White cabinetry is very popular, and one type of white cabinetry is particularly easy to clean. Thermofoil cabinets are an easily maintained product. Sleek and smooth-surfaced, Thermofoil cabinetry from Schrock offers a sophisticated appearance along with exceptional durability and ease of maintenance for today’s hard-working kitchen. You should be aware that White and Cashmere color may change slightly over time, depending on environmental conditions.

Thermofoil is a process where heat and pressure are used to bond a thin layer of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) film to a shaped and glued component made from MDF (medium density fiberboard). The result is a seamless surface that covers a panel’s face and edges. The component back uses a white, seamless melamine surface – excellent for easy cleaning.

Cleaning guidelines from Schrock Cabinetry:
A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water. After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth. Click here to read more, such as cleaning products to avoid.

Next time, we’ll talk about easy to clean and maintain countertop material.

Kitchen Views

Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

“Understanding the Long-Term Care of Your Cabinets”

Understanding the long-term care for your cabinets is a must. A lot of consumers are misled every day on what to use to clean their cabinets. If you have recently purchased your cabinets, please call and ask for your warranty and cleaning guide. Almost everyday, I will get the question on what cleaners do I use? For generations, our parents and grandparents have always used a wood polish, Murphy’s Oil Soap, or wax to clean their cabinets.  These are products you actually want to avoid. They cause a build-up that will change the cabinet’s surface appearance over time, and can also void your warranty.

Care and Cleaning

You would want to use a soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water. After cleaning, dry immediately using another soft clean cloth. This is generally the safest and easiest way to clean your cabinets without harming the finish. If more advanced cleaning is required, here are some of the other cleaning solutions:

  1. Fresh solution of dish-washing liquid mixed with warm water.
  2. Mild all-purpose cleaner, with no ammonia or silicone.

Using a stronger product can cause your finish to break down or discolor your cabinet finish over time voiding out your warranty. Please check your cabinet warranty before your first cleaning.

Splatters and Spills

You want to clean up spills and splatters right away. A lot of the everyday foods we cook with have oils or grease that can stain your cabinets or cause discoloration if left on the surface. Use a soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water to remove the splatters and spills.

Cleaning Products to Avoid

The products you want to avoid using on your cabinets:

  1. Cleaning products with ammonia.
  2. Any harsh chemicals such as tub and sink cleaners.
  3. Sponges, dish clothes, scouring pads, and steel wool.
  4. Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as mineral spirits, nail-polish removers or paint thinners.
  5. Any products with bleach
  6. Silicone-based products, waxing, or polishing products

Regular Dusting

Use a clean soft cotton cloth. The prepackaged dusting sheets and aerosol are not recommended products with which to clean your cabinets.

Waxing and Polishing

Waxing and polishing products may build up on the surface of your cabinets causing a hazy or streaky buildup.

Avoid Moisture Damage

Avoid draping damp clothes or dishtowels over cabinet doors. This moisture can cause permanent damage that may result in peeling or discoloration to the finish.

For a concise one-page overview of these tips, you can download and print our Kitchen Views guide, “Caring for Your Cabinets” (PDF).

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