It is important to wipe up any spills and watermarks as they occur. Excessive moisture is one of the worst enemies of any wood and finish. Woodland's fine furniture finish is durable and moisture resistant, but it is not moisture proof.

Clean your cabinets as needed with a lint-free cloth, dampened with warm water only. Use a very mild soap and warm water only if needed. To remove grease, use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. After wiping and cleaning an area, dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.

Avoid the use of scouring pads, harsh chemicals, powdered cleansers or any ammonia based products to clean your cabinetry. These items will dull and harm your finish. Do not use a dishcloth to wipe your cabinets, since it may contain remnants of grease and other contaminants. Avoid draping damp or wet towels over a door or drawer front. Over time, this constant moisture will cause permanent water damage.

Natural hardwoods and hardwood veneers used in our products vary in color and grain pattern. Colors may vary from white, to red, to black, and even green, sometimes in the same door or drawer front. Some wood species such as maple have fairly smooth and even grain patterns, while others like cherry, have more open and sometimes even “wild” grain variation. Any natural wood material will have mineral streaks, worm tracks, small knots, and pitch pockets which are not considered a defect. Some woods, particularly cherry and maple, are susceptible to light and the environment, causing the wood tone to mellow and darken over time. All the variations described above are created by nature and are acknowledged as the “beauty of wood” and therefore are not considered defects.

By its very nature, wood moves to expand and contract as it absorbs and releases moisture into the environment. As wood absorbs moisture, the wood grain expands, and conversely, when the wood releases moisture the wood grain contracts and shrinks. The wood will expand and contract disproportionately meaning in unequal directions. The resulting movements can emphasize joints on cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and front frames to be more pronounced even though they are a “finished” product with stain, sealer coat, and top coat applied. Miter joints are more susceptible to open or gap as result in humidity level fluctuations. In most cases, the wood product will return to “normal” position if not exposed to extremes of humidity for a prolonged period and maintained in a stable atmospheric environment. These changes are caused by the environment and are not considered a manufacturing defect.

Humid environments by definition contain a high amount of moisture in the air. Cabinets exposed to these high humidity levels will absorb excessive moisture and therefore expand or swell. This means that joints, scratches and other imperfections may become more pronounced and visible to the naked eye. If wood products are exposed to humid condition for a prolonged period of time, they may not return to their normal condition once the atmospheric conditions become more stable. Arid or dry climates can also result in wood movement. The moisture in the wood product has been absorbed by the environment causing the wood to dry. Shrinkage of wood can cause joints to open and become more pronounced and magnify and scratches and other imperfections, even though the product has a stain, sealer coat, and top coat applied. Wood products exposed to arid environment for a short period of time may regain moisture and return to their normal condition in the appropriate atmospheric conditions.

Keep an eye on the humidity inside your home. Reasonably accurate digital thermometer-hygrometer units are available from general goods retailers and hardware stores. Maintain the humidity between 30% and 50% at all times. There are several ways this may be accomplished. Installing a whole-house humidifier on the furnace is the best method for dry climates. Running a portable humidifier in key areas also helps. In very humid climates, air conditioning helps to dry down the air to the desired range.

Yes, specialty finishes have their own characteristics.

Painted finishes are uniquely different from stain finishes. Changes in climate conditions cause wood products to expand and contract. Wood’s expansion and contraction will result in finish breaks and/or seam lines at panel, stile, and rail joints. This is a simple fact of life with painted cabinets and therefore is not considered a defect.

All glazing techniques are hand-applied and may have variations in appearance due to different levels of glaze build-up and coverage. This is natural with hand-application and is not a factory defect. Distressing – the beauty of distressed furniture is its individuality.

All distressing techniques are hand-applied and are considered to be random and unique. No two components will be alike. The distressing characteristics present on my cabinetry may be different from those present on an individual door sample. Additionally all components may not receive the same amount of distressing characteristics.

We are committed to environmentally responsible manufacturing procedures. We take pride in processes designed to respect and preserve the environment while still giving you the finest custom cabinetry.

All of the cabinets we sell, proudly display the seal of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association’s (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). Manufacturer's accepted into this program continue to take positive steps towards protecting the environment and producing environmentally responsible cabinetry. Whenever you buy cabinets with the ESP seal, you can be assured that you’re doing your part to protect the environment. To learn more, please visit www.greencabinetsource.org