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Cabinet Care: How to Keep Them in Pristine Condition


If you have recently installed custom cabinets or custom closet organizers, you may be wondering how to care for them. Custom cabinets, custom closet organizers, or wallbeds are all beautiful pieces of furniture that can last a lifetime if they’re properly cared for.

Clean Up

Always clean up spills immediately after they happen. Leaving them on the cabinet will cause permanent staining and will ruin the finish of the cabinets. Anything from water to hot or acidic spills can severely damage your cabinets.


  • Melamine- Most of the work we install are made with Melamine laminate. Melamine is both attractive and very durable. A damp cloth with a general house hold cleaner such as 409 or glass cleaner will remove most spots. If you should get a touch spot (grease, glue, etc.) a small amount of lacquer thinner or mineral spirits on a clean cloth should remove the stain. You should follow all instructions and safety precautions as listed on the container when using strong chemicals such as lacquer thinner or mineral spirits. Avoid using any abrasive cleaner.
  • Formica-We most often use Formica or another brand of hard laminate for our counter tops. The same cleaning instructions indicated for Melamine above will work on a hard laminate surface as well.
  • Wood-Some of our systems are made with real wood veneers and solid wood fronts. Wiping with a clean dry cloth is best for normal maintenance. For heaving cleaning, standard wood furniture cleaning product can be used successfully without damaging your finish. Do not use solvents such as lacquer thinner or mineral spirits on wood. Immediately wipe off and dry any other liquids such as water or coffee that may come into contact with your wood finish. 

If you are looking for custom cabinets, custom closet organizers, wallbeds or numerous other custom wood items, come visit us at Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets for friendly knowledgeable service.

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