How To Keep Your Cabinets Looking New

How To Keep Your Cabinets Looking New

You’ve just completed a kitchen with brand new cabinetry and you want it to look that way forever. With a few simple guidelines, it is easy to maintain that fresh, new look in the kitchen.

For general cleaning, it is best to use a damp soft cloth followed by a dry towel to wipe up any excess water. For a deep clean, there are commercial cleaners available that are safe for your cabinets. Keep in mind the cleaning products should never be sprayed directly onto the cabinet door or drawer. Frequent dusting of the cabinet surfaces is also recommended to prevent a build up of dirt and grime.

Of course, spills are inevitable in the kitchen. The key is to wipe up these spills immediately with a soft cloth. Prolonged exposure to water or moisture will cause damage to the cabinets. Here are the main things you want to avoid with your cabinets:

Close Up of Drawer

Avoid water exposure. If water does reach the cabinets, wipe up immediately.

Avoid sponges and dish cloths. These items could scratch the doors and drawers. They could also add excess water or moisture to the wood.

Avoid draping damp cloths over doors. Draping the cloths over doors traps in the moisture and will cause damage.

Touch up kits are also a great accessory to have on hand to repair minor damages over time. Small scratches or marks could be easily patched up with the paint marker or crayon. Examining the cabinets a few times of year for possible touch ups could help maintain that fresh appearance.

Looking for a commercial cleaner that is safe to use on your cabinets? One recommended product for both stained and painted cabinetry is Wood for Good Daily Clean by Method. This is a no-wax formula which leaves no residue on the surface and can be found at most retail stores.


Sales & Marketing Manager at US Cabinet Depot

  • Laurie Scott
    Posted at 11:39h, 14 January Reply

    My cabinets are 3 years old. White uppers and grey lower cabinets. Nothing I try on the cabinets gets them clean. It always looks like there are greasy fingers smudges around the door handles. I’ve tried a damp cloth, warm soapy water and vinegar/water. Please recommend a cleaning process that will clean my cabinets.

    • Mandi Ardans
      Posted at 10:12h, 10 March Reply

      Hi Laurie,

      We recommend using Wood for Good by Method. This non-toxic, plant-based cleaner safely eliminates dust, crumbs, and more from wood surfaces. Plus, the no-wax formula gently polishes and conditions without leaving a hazy residue.

      Please note: Mention of this product does not imply USCD endorsement, does not control or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or efficacy of the information contained in any advertisement or sponsorship. USCD cannot be held responsible for the misuse of this product.

  • Kris Hillenburg
    Posted at 10:12h, 19 May Reply

    Do you supply a touch up kit for your cabinets?

    • Mandi Ardans
      Posted at 11:38h, 19 May Reply

      Hi Kris,

      Yes, we offer a Touch-Up Kit for all of our cabinetry styles and finishes. If you are already working with a dealer, they should be able to assist you with purchasing information. If you need to locate a dealer, please feel free to submit a dealer request form found here.

  • Dennis Laudenslager
    Posted at 11:42h, 10 April Reply

    How do I adjust your cabinets? Do you have a pdf or info on your website?

    • Mandi Ardans
      Posted at 12:28h, 10 April Reply

      Hi David,

      Thank you for reaching out! Have you had the chance to check out our video library? We have adjustment videos for the cabinet door hinges and drawer glides under our ‘Product Demonstrations” that show you how to utilize the 6-way adjustment features.

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