Cabinet Maintenance

The cabinets in your home are often a big investment. Like other big investments in your home, your  cabinets needs to be cared for.  Your cabinet fronts are made of finished hardwoods. With proper care, the beauty and utility of your cabinets will last for many years. Below is some information to help you properly care and maintain your cabinets.

  • Remove splashes and splatters promptly to avoid permanent stains.
  • The beauty of your cabinetry can be preserved by polishing with waxes or polishes formulated for furniture use. Lemon and orange oils are not recommended and whitewashed finishes require a non-yellowing wax or polish. You can contact the cabinet manufacturer by their web site for additional information.
  • Minor scratches can be covered with a putty stick that matches the finish of your cabinets. (Putty sticks can be purchased at paint or hardware stores.)

The wood in your cabinets is a natural product. It is subject to drying and can warp. This could cause drawers to stick and prevent doors from closing properly. For Fulton homeowners, if you notice sticking drawers and cabinets doors that do not close properly during the warranty period, please notify the CUSTOMER CARE DEPARTMENT on your “myfultonhome” web site. Maintenance of cabinet drawers and doors is the responsibility of the homeowner.

It should be noted that it is not unusual for the color of the installed cabinets to be different from samples shown at time of selection.

Color can differ with wood grain variation and stain used some color variation on stained areas is to be expected.

Cleaning Tips for Wood Finishes:

Dusting

Dust cabinets frequently with a soft lint-free cloth. You can dampen the cloth slightly with water or a spray-type dust remover.

Spills
Clean spills immediately. Use a clean cloth and mild soap if necessary. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.

Cleaning

There are a number of products available for your wood cleaning needs. See manufacturer recommendations for recommended cleaning products.

Polishing

We recommend that you wash and polish cabinets once or twice each year. See manufacturer recommendations for recommended polishing products.

Don’ts

Never use detergents, soap pads, or steel wool on your cabinetry. These harsh abrasives will mar the wood finish. Additionally, the manufacturer recommends that you avoid the use of paste wax and polishes that contain silicone; the wax build up is difficult to remove and will leave a residue that attracts dust.

Melamine and Vinyl

Periodically clean the interior surfaces of your cabinets. See manufacturer recommendations for cleaning products.

Glass Doors

You can use any commercial glass cleaner to clean the glass. Additionally, the glass can be cleaned while mounted on the door, or can be removed for better access.

While cleaning mounted glass, be careful not to damage the finish of the door and cabinet parts while cleaning.

To remove the glass panel, carefully loosen the screws and lift panel out. The door glass is tempered to resist chipping and shattering. However, all glass is fragile so handle carefully.

Do not spray glass cleaner directly onto glass or cabinet parts. Glass cleaner seeping into areas behind the mullions may discolor the wood. Instead, spray a small amount of cleaner onto a lint-free cloth or paper towel, then wipe the glass.

6 thoughts on “Cabinet Maintenance

  1. I have a 12 year old Fulton home in Gilbert, AZ. I need to replace a cabinet door hinge. I can’t seem to find the cabinet hardware anywhere. Can I get the hardware directly from Fulton or what do you recommend?

    • Tim,
      We can certainly try and find a replacement. Could you please send us a picture of the door hinge that you need replaced?
      Thank you,
      Fulton Homes

      • Hi Tim, we just wanted to check and make sure you received our earlier comment. If you could please send us a picture of the door hinge, we can get the process moving. You can either upload it here or email us at cyssocialmedia@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

  2. The drawer track to my large silverware drawer has broken. Can you let me know where I can find a replacement? I have a picture, but there is no way to attach it to the post.

  3. I have a client that has a Fulton home in Gilbert near Chandler Heights and Greenfield roads . I ‘m looking for 1/4” end panels to replace due to steam from a coffee maker . Are these available ! The client says the color of cabinets are Nutmeg ?!? I would greatly appreciate any help !

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