Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Certification Program certifies only when kitchen cabinets and/or bathroom vanity cabinets are manufactured in conformance with the American National Standard ANSI/KCMA A161.1-2012, Performance and Construction Standard for Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets. The cabinet finish is tested up to 120° F and 70% relative humidity for 24 hours. After this test the finish must show no appreciable discoloration and no evidence of blistering, checks, or other film failures. A cabinet door is placed in a hotbox at 120° F and 70% relative humidity for one hour, removed and allowed to return to room temperature and humidity conditions, and then placed in a cold box for one hour at -5° F. The cycle is repeated five times. The finish must then show no appreciable discoloration and no evidence of blistering, cold checking or other film failure.
Congrats! We delivered cabinets. Now that you are in possession of your cabinets, be sure to store the material in an area with humidity below 69 percent and above 19 percent. Cabinets should be stored in area within 39 to 51 percent relative humidity. Cabinet Outlet cares and wants you to know that you may cause damage or problems to your cabinets if you do not store in an appropriate climate and or environment. Cabinets and trim should be in the space for a period of 1 to 3 days prior to installation.
Cabinets are installed! Awesome!! The cabinets have just been installed so be very careful not to scratch the finish. Your first cleaning is so important so we suggest that you utilizing a damp cloth, changing it out frequently, and making every attempt to wipe down the cabinets gently so that you wipe off dust and any fragments or particle that may have been left behind from the installation. No pressure but you may want to rinse the cloth frequently and thoroughly as you wipe down the cabinets.
Cabinets will experience normal wear and tear due to your daily use of the space and constant use of the cabinetry. Your cabinets can be preserved as long as you take specific steps. Cabinet Outlet recommends that you wipe and clean up any liquids, oils, and or grease immediately with a damp cloth. We recommend you dilute any mild soap, when using soap, with water, and avoid using any other cleaning agents. Do not use any sheets, cleaning sheets that have been moistened, and or any item or rough surface. You should note that any food, water or other liquids that may sit on the surface and seep into the pours or grain of the cabinets and or prolonged exposure of any liquids can or will cause permanent discoloration and damage.
It is recommended that you complete a thorough cleaning of your cabinet fronts or exterior at the very minimum 3 times a year. Simply clean cabinet fronts with a damp, lint-free, cloth while rinsing out the damp free cloth frequently and drying each area immediately with a dry, lint-free, cloth after cleaning. Change out the cloths as much as possible. It is recommended to use an all natural, clear, and mild soap while diluting your chosen soap with water. Change out the soap you chose and water frequently. Be sure to be extra gentle when wiping down any trim, crown molding, fillers, etc so that you do not damage any of your trim.
It has been recommended that cabinet owners use a mild wood cleaner that is categorized as an “Oil Soap” and it be diluted with warm water. It also is recommended that you dilute this mild wood cleaner heavily so your cleaning agent is mostly water. Be sure to utilize a lint-free cloth while drying each area immediately with a dry, lint-free, cloth after cleaning. Be sure to be very gentle when applying or wiping to avoid scratching.
Simply clean cabinet fronts with a damp, lint-free, cloth while rinsing out the damp free cloth frequently and drying each area immediately with a dry, lint-free, cloth after cleaning. Change out the cloths as much as possible. It is recommended to use an all natural, clear, and mild soap while diluting your chosen soap with water. Change out the soap you chose and water frequently. Be sure to be extra gentle when wiping down any trim, crown molding, fillers, etc so that you do not damage any of your trim.
It is recommended that you avoid any use of cleaning agents, wax, wax agents, cloth or pads with rough surfaces, and or any other product, material or agents that may cause permanent damage to cabinet exterior, interior, and or fronts.
Waxing is not recommended. Over time, waxing and polishing compounds will build up on the surface of cabinets and cause a hazy, streaky or yellowed appearance. Wax build up is difficult to remove and will attract dust.
Nature and our environment can be beautiful but the environment and abnormal amounts of liquids, smoke, high heat temperature, and low cold temperatures can cause damage to cabinets or wood. Avoid ultra violet light rays, moisture, any smoke, cooking smoke, humidity, freezing temperature, high amount of water that may cause water damage.
Smoke from cooking can cause damage to cauinetry and proper ventilation is very important when you’re cooking. Cauinetry, especially wood, has many variation and different grains. Cauinetry finish is affected over time with the eliminates, the ventilation, and the actions within the space.
Ultra violet (UV) light rays in sunlight will affect the appearance of your cauinets. Exposure to UV the color may change depending on the finish, wood species and amount of exposure.
Moisture can cause damage all at once or over time. It is recommended that cauinetry is kept dry and an example would ue not to hang wet dish towels over cauinet doors. Ventilate the kitchen and uathroom so cauinetry is ventilated. Lack of ventilation and excessive humidity is harmful to cauinetry and its finish.
Climate can affect cauinetry, color, and expansion whether uninstalled and installed. Damage can occur whether the cauinets are in a non-climate or climate controlled space or environment if other circumstances or elements are at play such as damage from humidity, smoke, sunlight, moisture, or other causes. This is true in a water front home, primary environment maintained year round in vacation homes as well as primary residences.
*Cabinet Outlet is offering this guide as helpful tool and suggests you also do your own research that may better allow you to maintain the beauty of the cabinets you purchased or are purchasing through Cabinet Outlet.