Cabinetry, just like fine furniture, should be dusted or vacuumed periodically depending on the amount of particulate matter that may have accumulated. It is also good practice to follow the grain of the wood when dusting – wiping across the grain could cause scratches to appear if the dust contains grit. Remember to use a clean soft cloth such as an old T-shirt, cheesecloth, dishtowel, flannel or chamois with no snaps or buttons that may scratch the surface.
Cleaning of Fuhr Finishes:
Good wood polishes are the best choice for cleaning. They contain detergents to clean the dirt, emulsifiers give it body to clean and last longer, and mineral oil is left behind as a barrier for dirt and moisture while leaving no wax or silicone residue.
Fuhr finishes are durable and hard enough that they do not require any wax. Waxes should actually be avoided because their regular use may result in wax build-up on the surface. This build-up could actually attract dirt, smoke and other pollutants in the air, resulting in smudges and streaks. Many waxes may contain grit that can permanently damage the surface if used improperly.
While silicone cleaners offer a high degree of shine, the silicone seeps into even the highest quality finishes creating a barrier that will not accept stain or finish. This makes it impossible to re-finish or touch up when it may be required.
Basic Care Tips:
Wipe up spills, splatters and water spots as they occur – keep the cabinets dry.
Clean as needed with a soft, lint free cloth. Use a mild detergent or soap and warm water.
Dry surfaces immediately with a soft cloth.
Avoid using a dishcloth or sponge – it could contain remnants of grease or detergents.
Do not use products with bleach, ammonia, or abrasive additives.
Never use scouring pads, steel wool, or powdered cleaners.
Do not allow oven cleaners to come in contact with wood finishes.
Avoid placing small kitchen appliances where heat is directed onto the cabinet surfaces.
Avoid draping damp clothes or dishtowels over cabinet doors – excessive moisture can cause permanent damage.