|Forum topic by Carya||posted 09-17-2014 12:58 AM||954 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
09-17-2014 12:58 AM
A friend of mine has asked me for help cleaning beautiful custom cherry kitchen cabinets. Around the pulls there is now years of accumulated skin oil, dirt, etc. It’s not really bad but you can see it’s darker by the pulls and can feel the texture change. The cabinets were installed around20 years ago.
I’ve searched the net and cannot find anything for the manufacturer – Heritage Doors of New Holland PA – or the installer – Kitchens Furnishings Inc. of Orange, CT. – to get their cleaning recommendations.
The stain used was Heritage Custom Kitchen Stain; finish no. 57-4A and finish name Fireside. Over the stain is a semi-gloss to matte gloss clear top coat. Exactly what is unknown. I haven’t been able to find anything on the stain manufacturer either.
On the net I’ve found several recipes for ‘safe’ cleansers for kitchen cabinets. They involve a dilute mix of warm water and orange juice, lemon juice or dish detergent. To me the diluted warm water and dish detergent makes sense.
Is anyone familiar with that stain and and top coats used? What is the recommended cleanser? If not, does anyone know of a safe home grown recipe for a cleanser that will not damage the top coat. There are also a few deep scratches that need a stain touch-up. Shellac, varnish, lacquer and polyurethane are too glossy. Any ideas on what to use as a top coat touch-up over the stain?
My friend, who also used to be my boss, spent big bucks on the cabinets 20+ years ago and I’d hate to be the one to ruin them.
Any help is very much appreciated.