Care and Cleaning

Crown Select cabinetry is handcrafted to be some of the finest cabinetry, designed to look beautiful, perform flawlessly, and last year after year. Very little is required to maintain your cabinetry. However, even beautiful cabinetry may need a little help from time to time.

Basic Cleaning

We recommend the use of any mild general cleaner (Fantastic, etc.) or a cloth or sponge dampened with a mild soap and water.

Cabinet Interiors

Interiors are easily wiped cleaned with a damp sponge or rag. We recommend cleaning twice a year, or on an as-needed basis. As with any use of a water-dampened sponge or rag, ensure no standing water exists when you are done.

Spills

Spills of food or water should be cleaned up immediately using a slightly damp rag or sponge. Ensure that no standing water exists when you are done.

Damage Control

In the event your cabinetry becomes scratched or nicked during installation or normal household use, your Consumer Maintenance Kit contains items that can help keep that “like new” look.

  • Small bottle of matching paint is provided for minor scratches.
  • Fil-Stick: Used to repair a deep scratch that gouges the wood. Rub the stick back and forth across the deep scratch until it is completely filled. Remove any excess fill with a soft rag. (Paper towels aren’t durable enough.)
  • Stain and Topcoat: Used to repair a scratch that exposes bare wood.
    • Stain can be applied with the applicator cap. Shake bottle vigorously, unscrew cap, and wipe excess stain from brush tip. Apply stain directly to scratch, using only enough to color the wood. Replace cap, and wipe away excess immediately. Allow to dry for one hour.
    • Topcoat is applied in the same manner as the stain. Shake bottle vigorously, unscrew cap, and wipe excess topcoat from brush tip. Apply topcoat directly over the dried stain. Replace cap, and carefully wipe away any excess. For best results, allow one hour dry time and repeat topcoat procedure to apply second coat.
  • Zenith Tibet Almond Stick: Crazy name, but a product that can work wonders! Use it to conceal any slight, white scratch in the topcoat. Take stick out of can, and upwrap one end. Simply wipe the stick along length of scratch, and watch it disappear. Wipe dry with soft cloth or paper towel. Return stick to can and replace cap. This will probably your most common method of repair.

Moisture Control

Damage from moisture will have many different symptoms: blushing of the topcoat, deterioration of the finish, or black stains in the wood. Moisture damage, though unusual, is easily minimized or even eliminated simply by being aware of certain items:

  • Sink cabinet: Take the time to wipe away all water that splashes over the front of the cabinet.
  • Cabinetry around a coffee maker: It is possible that steam coming from a coffee maker being vented directly onto the overhead cabinetry may blush the finish. If possible the coffeemaker should be located with clearance overhead.
  • Cabinetry around dishwashers: Loading or unloading a dishwasher can cause water to splash onto the nearby cabinetry (especially if your little ones are “trying to help”…) Once again, take the time to wipe away all water.
  • Bath cabinetry: The main awareness here is to ensure your bathroom is properly vented. Venting that meets current code is adequate and satisfactory.
  • Seasonal changes: While excess humidity from wet seasons will not directly affect the finish, it can contribute to other situations, possibly aggravating them. More likely, wood being the natural product that it is, you might see some seasonal movement; i.e., slight swelling of doors and drawer fronts in the warmer, humid months, and slight shrinkage when the weather turns cooler and drier. If this normal condition is unacceptable, climate control in the form of a dehumidifier can help. At the other end of the spectrum (with dry weather, wood stoves, certain heating systems) is a lack of moisture. Although the cabinetry finish is unaffected, extreme dryness could lead to excessive shrinkage, splitting or even popped joints. A humidifier is recommended to help correct this situation.

Relative humidity of 40-60% is considered ideal for woodwork in the home.

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Crown Select Cabinetry

462 River Road

Claremont, NH 03743