The beauty of solid hardwood is much more than skin deep. Neither
synthetic nor engineered, it comes from the heart of nature–the simplest and
most reliable of origins.
The solid hardwood furnishings and materials used in your kitchen and
bath are made up of many pieces of wood. Each is unique and if you look
carefully, you may notice natural variations in color. The lighter pieces
were closer to the tree's bark, while the darker pieces were closer to its
center. All are equally strong and impart the beauty and value that make
hardwoods second to none.
unique grain patterns in solid hardwood are related to the tree's growth
rings. The distinctive differences come about as the wood is prepared for
use in your home.
All trees grow limbs which fall to the forest floor as the tree matures.
The tree trunk, however, will always have a knot where those limbs once
were. Parts of that tree, knots and all, may find new life in your hardwood
cabinets, countertops or flooring. These natural markings are proof of your
hardwood's origins; they have absolutely no effect on its durability and
structural integrity. Knots and other characteristics are much like the nubs
you find in such fine natural fabrics as silk and linen; they are
indications of genuine quality.
Trees absorb minerals and other essential
elements as they grow and prosper. You may see their traces in the hardwood
cabinets, flooring or finishings in your kitchen and bath. These natural
characteristics let you know you are enjoying the authentic item, and not an
artificial wood imitation.
Clean your cabinetry as needed with a lint-free cloth dampened with mild
detergent or soap and water. Dry immediately with a lint-free cloth. Wipe up
spills, spatters and water marks as they occur, keeping the surface dry. Use
a non-abrasive cleaner on all surfaces as needed.
Avoid using scouring pads or powdered cleansers as these may scratch and
penetrate the surface, allowing dirt, food or moisture to enter and cause
deterioration of the finish.
Wood cleaning products that use aerosols, non-aerosol spray cleaners,
and all silicone based wood products are not recommended. These products
will permeate the wood grain and ultimately ruin your cabinet's finish.
Also, because these products permeate the wood in which they are
applied, they inhibit the resurfacing of your cabinets.