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Wooden cabinets are a big investment in your home, but without proper maintenance, they can become worn and dull the appearance of your home. Here are some tips from the pros at St. Croix Cabinet Solutions to take care of your wooden cabinets over the years.

General Cleaning

Just like other surfaces in your home, cabinets collect dust and grime. It’s important to use gentle cleaning products on wood because it is a soft material and can scratch and become damaged easily. For routine cleaning, a soft, micro-fiber cloth and water should do the trick. For more thorough cleaning, you can make a mild cleaning solution with dish soap and warm water. Make sure to dry your cabinets completely after cleaning to avoid warping. You also want to avoid excess water and harsh chemicals such as bleach and other abrasive cleaning products that can damage the stain on your cabinets.

It’s important to clean oil, grease, and other liquid splatters immediately to avoid permanent stains and damage to the finish.

Waxing Your Cabinets

Once or twice a year, it can be helpful to apply a thin layer of wood furniture wax to your cabinets. This adds a protective barrier that keeps debris, oil, and grime from sticking to the wood and discoloring it.

Spray the wax onto a soft rag and gently wipe it over the surface of your cabinets. Avoid applying the wax directly to your cabinets which can result in an uneven finish. A thin layer of wax is enough to keep your cabinets looking vibrant while using too much wax can attract dirt, dust, and debris.

Avoid Excess Moisture

Wooden products are sensitive to moisture and humidity. When moisture levels fluctuate, wood will expand and contract which can cause warping, cracking, and pulling apart at seams and joints. If you have spills or splatters on your cabinets, it’s important to dry them immediately. It’s also important to remember to use minimal water when cleaning your cabinets and avoid soaking them with water or cleaners. Long-term exposure to moisture can cause your cabinets to warp to the point where they don’t function properly and will have to be replaced. Protect your investment by keeping your wooden cabinets as dry as possible.

Cabinet Refinishing in Hudson

Even with proper care, years of use can dull the appearance of your cabinets. If after thoroughly cleaning, your cabinets still look dull or discolored, it might be time for a refinishing service from St. Croix Cabinet Solutions. Cabinet refinishing is a cost-effective alternative to replacing your cabinets that involves applying a new finish to your cabinet faces. This process is less invasive and can be completed in just a few days. Call St. Croix cabinet solutions today to schedule a FREE price estimate for cabinet refinishing in Hudson and the surrounding areas.