Cabinet Care

How to Care for Your Tree Fever Kitchen Cabinets and Furniture

Our solid wood kitchen cabinets and furniture are built to last. Wood changes with age, a gradual process depending on the type of wood, colour, and even sunlight.

Sometimes you may notice slight variations in the appearance among different pieces (the primary exception to this rule would be cabinets painted a solid colour). Each piece is unique because no two trees are alike. Naturally, just like us, every tree is unique in knots and grain variations.

Our cabinets and furniture are finished with the latest advanced stains and conversion varnish to make them durable and water resistant. After staining, the wood is sealed with a high-quality conversion varnish sealer for extra moisture resistance; this sealer offers excellent durability and protection for your cabinetry and furniture. If you are having your cabinets painted, the seal comes first, followed by the paint.

After the sealer dries, we hand-sand the sealer, then apply two coats of a post-catalyzed conversion varnish for even more lustre and durability, with sanding between the two coats.

No wood finish is impervious to moisture and heat. Protect surfaces from moisture and heat by using coasters and pot trivets and always wipe up spills immediately.

Some Tips to Minimize the Impact of Moisture on Wood

Wood is organic. It continues to move, shrinking and expanding in response to changes in relative humidity, and the changes of the seasons. Wood’s natural response to dry air is to lose moisture and shrink, while moist air causes swelling.

  • Always store table leaves as close to the table as possible, never in a damp basement.
  • Avoid placing furniture in direct proximity to heat sources.
  • If furniture is placed in continuous direct sunlight, close blinds or drapes occasionally.
  • If you live in a dry climate, you may want to use a humidifier or an air conditioner.
  • If your kitchen or furniture is in an infrequently used home (a vacation condo, for example) and a heat source is left on without an exchange of outside air for long periods of time, use a humidifier or keep a window slightly ajar.

Cleaning Your Tree Fever Cabinets and Furniture

By using advanced technologies and products, we give our cabinetry and furniture a high-quality, unbeatable durability and a consistent finish.

Cabinet interiors are UV-coated plywood and may be cleaned with a damp cloth. Please be certain not to let moisture collect in the cabinet corners or where shelves join slides. Always wipe dry after cleaning.

When cleaning cabinets, avoid abrasive-compound cleaners and products containing ammonia or alcohol, as they will compromise the finish of the material.

When using the self-clean cycle of your oven, it is necessary to fully open adjacent cabinet doors and drawers until the cleaning cycle has finished and the oven has cooled down. This will avoid heat damage and possible delaminating issues with the cabinets.

Dust with soft cloths (wipe with the grain) and feather dusters; vacuum with a soft brush.

Clean with a soft cloth using mild dish soap and water, then wipe dry immediately. Many furniture sprays and polishes build up over time, leaving an uneven finish.

There are many waxes, including touch-up pens, on the market specifically for furniture. If properly applied, these can eliminate surface scratches, however, be sure to use on a test area first.