According to the Hardwood Council, confusion is fuelled by the myth that wood is “alive” and needs to breathe. On the contrary, according to the council’s information center, wood doesn’t need to be “moisturized” with oily cleaners and polishes. If wood dries and cracks it’s due to changes in humidity, not for lack of oil.
• Do not use waxes or polishes.
• Do not allow oven cleaners to come in contact with cabinet finishes.
• Avoid draping damp dishtowels or dish cloths over cabinet doors as excessive moisture can cause permanent damage to your cabinetry.
• Avoid placing small kitchen appliances where heat is directed onto our underneath your cabinets. Ex. Coffee makers, tea kettles.
• Do not use cleaning products with abrasives, bleach, or ammonia.
• Wipe up spills, spatters and spots as they occur.
• Clean as needed with a soft, lint-free cloth. Always use a mild soap with warm water.
• Dry immediately with a clean soft cloth.
• We do not recommend using your dishcloth or dish sponge to clean as they many contain grease or detergent.