Maintenance

Congratulations!
Now that you have your new custom cabinetry in your home, we would like to provide you with some instructions for proper care and cleaning that will help your kitchen retain its beauty and luster for years to come. 

As with any fine wood product, it is crucial to take proper precautions and to perform routine care procedures in order to maintain its natural vitality and beauty. We ask that you Cleaningplease take care to treat your new cabinets like the furniture grade pieces they are, it is not uncommon for the proud owner of a new custom kitchen to feel that their cabinetry is impervious to damage, but even the strongest finishes used on floors and pianos can easily be permanently ruined with a small amount of moisture or abuse. It is important to keep this in mind especially due to the fact that the kitchen is an extremely high traffic area and poses many potential hazards that could harm your finish and possibly the wood. Keep in mind that we are habitually inclined to take greater care of our furniture pieces big or small, such as a grand piano or even a new coffee table valued at 300 dollars much more than our new cabinetry in which we invested 10, 20 or even 30 thousand dollars. Think of your cabinetry as your largest piece of custom furniture, it was made with care and deserves your care.

One of the most important components of developing a long-lasting product with value is the finish that is used. That is why we use only premium quality finishes that are specially formulated for kitchen cabinetry to reveal the deep, long-lasting beauty of natural wood. We carefully apply these finishes to protect against scratches, abrasions, stains, and moisture. Our finishing process has undergone rigorous quality testing to verify performance and application characteristics and has been formulated to meet or exceed the required performance levels established by KCMA for finishes including the standards for chemical and moisture resistance.

Some of the unique advantages to our finishes are:
Non-yellowing
Meets AWI OP-4 chemical and moisture resistance
Meets KCMA moisture resistance standards
Handrub, smooth finish
Outstanding UV resistance- protects color of wood, stains, and pigmented coating underneath
Scratch and mar resistance
Hot and cold resistance

AWI-OP4 Chemical Resistance
15-minute contact time, 24-hour recovery rating
2% Caustic Solution no effect
10% Sodium Hydroxide no effect
10 % Tri Sodium Phosphate no effect
50% Sulfuric Acid no effect
Glacial Acetic Acid slight effect
28% Ammonium Hydroxide no effect
95% Ethyl Alcohol no effect
Grape Juice (24hrs.) no effect
Orange Juice (24hrs.) no effect
Olive Oil (24hrs.) no effect
Detergent Solution (24hrs.) no effect
Acetone (2mins.) very slight effect

 

Household Chemical Resistance
Water  (24hrs.)…………….…..no effect
Ethanol/Water (24hrs.)….…….no effect                      
Mustard (24hrs.)………………slight stain
Ketchup (24hrs.)………………no effect
Vinegar (24hrs.)……….………no effect
Lemon Juice (24hrs.)……….…no effect
Bleach (24hrs.)……...…………no effect
Glass Cleaner (24hrs.)…………no effect

How to Properly Care for Your New Cabinetry

No finish has ever been created completely bullet proof, but Colorado Creative Cabinetry utilizes only top grade materials to protect you from damages and accidents. However; it is only you that can take the precautions to keep your cabinets truly protected and maintaining their original luster. Cared for properly, your new kitchen will remain both beautiful and functional for many years to come.

Note: Failure to follow these instructions for proper care of your wood cabinetry may void your warranty.

CARING FOR WOOD CABINET SURFACES
  • Avoid excessive moisture, prolonged exposure to water will cause irreversible damage to the wood and finish
  • Cabinetry should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or humidity, this may cause both the lacquer and wood to crack
  • Our finishes are formulated with outstanding UV resistance. However, most lumbers will naturally darken or amber over time. To minimize this effect, we ask that you avoid long exposure to direct sunlight when possible.
  • Though our finishes have an excellence rating in resistance to water, areas prone to water excessive exposure should be protected periodically with the application of a water repellant spray formulated for cabinets such as(…….) to avoid potential problems.
  • Our finish is durable and resistant to most household spills. However, any spills, including food and beverage should be wiped up promptly.
  • Fingerprints, cooking fumes, dust, smoking residue etc., accumulates on any finished surface.  None of these contaminates will harm your finish, but they should be periodically removed with a damp cloth to restore the finish to its original luster.
  • Avoid vigorous rubbing while cleaning as this will create hot spots in the wood and ruin the original finish.
CLEANING AGENTS
Our wood finishes may be cleaned and protected by using a commercially available cleaning polish, Colorado Creative Cabinetry recommends using (…….)
For stubborn stains use a mild detergent with warm water, always dry the surface immediately.
Avoid spray type polishes containing petroleum solvent as they will result in wax film build up
Avoid the use of ammonia based products or silicone oils as they may cause damage if used over a long period of time.
Never use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads or powder cleansers
Do not use a dish cloth to wipe your cabinet exterior as it may contain remnants of grease or detergent

 
EVERYDAY CARE
Wipe up any household spills as they occur, giving special attention to areas around the sink and dishwasher
Avoid placing steam producing appliances directly below upper cabinetry
Avoid draping wet towels and washcloths over a cabinet door, overtime any moisture can cause permanent damage to the finish and wood

CARE & CLEANING OF HARDWARE
Periodically use mild soap and warm water to clean drawer/door knobs & pulls
Thoroughly dry all hardware joints and surfaces with a clean dry cloth after washing

CARE & CLEANING OF GLASS DOOR INSETS
If your kitchen contains glass accents, apply glass cleaner to a towel, not directly to the glass.

 

How to Properly Care for Your New Granite

GRANITE
GraniteIf you love the look of granite, you’re not alone. Granite has been used by mankind for centuries and millennia, as the primary material used in creating some of the world’s  most ancient and treasured monuments and buildings. Granite also has been, is, and may always remain the primary choice for kitchen counter tops by homeowners everywhere. These days, granite is used in about 85% of all kitchen remodels not only because granite receives the highest overall performance rating as a kitchen countertop material but also because of its timeless beauty and endurance, its versatility, natural properties, and endless array of colors and styles. While some synthetic surfaces scratch easily and melt under hot cookware, granite resists heat. Granite is also one of the most bacteria-resistant kitchen surfaces, and it is not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, or wine. It is also nearly impossible to scratch, and with proper cleaning, will not stain under normal use. In recent years granite has become affordable, available and accessible. This means that many of us can now have another ‘natural’ surface in our home just like wood, wool or cotton and not have to buy artificial and engineered products.
 

Some industries, producing other synthetic and manmade material for countertops, have made many untrue statements about granite which is the reason why there is a lot of conflicting advice about granite countertops, for example, that it is very difficult to maintain. These rumors are simply not true, and are mostly due to a lack of understanding and mis-interpretation of correct methods.
Caring for granite countertops is easy, and following a few simple instructions will keep your new granite looking lustrous and new for decades to come.

SEALING
Most stones should be sealed with a high quality stone sealer. This is because all stone is slightly porous. Kitchen counters should be resealed whenever water will not bead up on the surface, which is usually about once a year. Sealing a stone surface is not difficult, or expensive. To seal a stone surface, clean the stone with a mild detergent that does not contain ammonia and allow it to dry for several hours. Next apply the sealer according to the directions and wipe off the excess as directed. There are several types of stone sealers available, we recommend using (……).

CLEANING
To keep granite countertops clean, use a microfiber cloth to dust off countertop surfaces. Wipe down the granite countertops daily and as needed using warm water. Once a week wipe down with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners.