Cabinet Care and Cleaning
Your cabinet’s “beautiful furniture finish” is designed to protect the surface against normal home use. With proper care, your cabinetry will provide years of use and beauty in your home.
Remove dust from cabinets frequently with a soft, lint-free cloth. Slightly dampen the cloth with water or use a polishing product safe for cabinets.
Polish wood and laminate cabinet surfaces once every few months but do not use paste wax, as it builds up and is difficult to remove and will leave a residue that attracts dust and moisture. Do not use polishes containing silicone.
Clean spills immediately. Use a clean damp cloth and mild soap if necessary. Wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth.
Note: Do not use detergents, ammonia-based cleaners, steel wool, soap pads or abrasive cleaners on your cabinets. Do not place or mount small appliances beneath your wall cabinets. Toasters, coffee makers and other small appliances can produce excessive heat causing damage to your cabinets.
Let Your Wood Cabinets Age Beautifully, Naturally
The wood used to make these cabinets is graded to meet industry standards. No two pieces of wood are exactly alike even if from the same tree. These differences in natural color and grain mean that each piece will respond differently to their environment. For example, closed-grain wood absorbs less finish and will vary in color from more open-grained pieces. These variations contribute to the unparalleled beauty and distinction of natural wood.
Wood is an organic material. Therefore, you should expect variations in texture, color and wood grain.
Over time, exposure to sunlight, smoke and chemicals may cause some materials to fade or vary from their original color. This change in character occurs naturally and is not a defect. It may mean that cabinets added at a later date may not match the color of cabinets installed today. For the same reasons, door samples or displays may not represent the exact color of cabinets at the time of delivery to your home. American Woodmark’s warranty does not cover these and other environmentally triggered occurrences, including humidity, which may result in warping or splitting.
While our wood finishing and laminates process promotes durability, care should be taken to preserve this finish by cleaning only with mild soaps. You should read all cleaning products’ instructions carefully before application.