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Protect your investment: caring for cherry kitchen cabinets

Like human wisdom, the gorgeous color of cherry cabinets deepens with the passage of time. As with human health, cherry cabinets can be ruined without the proper care. To nurture your cherry kitchen cabinets into healthy old age, take these tips from KitchenCabinets Design.

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How to make your cherry kitchen cabinets age like fine wine

  1. Use Murphy's Oil Soap for gentle cleaning. Mix one quarter cup of Murphy's to one gallon of water. Dampen a lint-free cloth with the mixture and rub it into the wood in a circular motion, going with the grain. Never pour soap directly onto the surface of your cabinets. Wipe off excess Murphy's Oil Soap with a clean cloth. Do this every couple of months.

  2. Polish your cherry kitchen cabinets once a year. Clean them first, and let the cabinets dry for at least 30 minutes. Polish with a product like Guardsman furniture polish cream. Dilute, apply and wipe off as directed, using a microfiber cloth. Never use any furniture polish that contains silicone, which can create a smudgy film that is difficult to remove from the wood's surface.
  3. Camouflage scratches by dipping a cotton swab into iodine. Touch it to the scratch, and then quickly wipe away the excess with a soft, clean cloth. For lighter cherry finishes, you can use a mixture of iodine diluted with denatured alcohol.
  4. If you have lur cabinets with glass panels, you can use window cleaner on the glass. Just be extremely careful not to get window cleaner on the surrounding wood, because it will strip the finish from a cabinet's surface.

By consistently caring for cherry kitchen cabinets in these simple ways, the wood will retain its beauty, which deepens for decades. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, high end cabinetry also increases the resale value of your home.


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