Care & Cleaning for DIY


Precautionary actions

1. Wipe off all liquids immediately.

2. Avoid direct sunlight.

3. Make sure appliances - especially dishwashers - are correctly installed and insulated. Consult the manufacturer specs as well as your installer to evaluate if heat shields are needed on the fronts or cabinets in the vicinity. Appliances may have vents on the sides, top, or back that may contribute to damage if not shielded properly. Damage due to excessive heat or moisture is NOT covered under warranty.

4. Never "vent" your dishwasher or oven by cracking open the appliance door. Using the 'self-clean' feature may cause damage to the surrounding material.

5. Never operate a top-loading toaster below wall cabinets. 

6. Avoid close proximity to radiators, heaters, or mobile heating units.

7. Protect surfaces when using sharp tools or cumbersome equipment.

Occasional cleaning

1.  Surfaces should be cleaned with a soft, non-abrasive cloth lightly dampened with a mild soapy solution, followed by a wipe-down with a similarly soft, but dry, non-abrasive cloth.

2.  Avoid all cleaning compounds with alkaline reagents - like ammonia or alcohol.

3.  Do not wax or polish thermofoil (Supermatte) or textured melamine (Impression) doors.

Consult with a professional when it comes to prepping, priming, painting, and finishing your DIY fronts. Improper finishing may cause issues down the line, which is not covered under warranty.

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