Care & Cleaning

Proper cleaning of your cabinetry ensures its beauty and longevity.

Read on to discover how to care for your new cabinetry from Stoll’s Woodworking.

Cabinetry Care & Cleaning

How to Clean Cabinets

There are many things that will collect on the surface of wood finishes. Such as cooking oils and fumes, fingerprints, and dust. Generally, a soft damp cloth followed by a dry cloth will be all you need to clean the finish.

Keep Cabinets Out of Direct Sunlight

Every effort should be made to keep your furniture out of direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators, hot air outlets or wood stoves. These conditions will cause the wood to dry out and subsequently split.

Check Humidity in Your Home

Humidity between 35 to 45 percent guards against shrinking and cracking or expansion. Basements with high humidity should be avoided. Do not place furniture near heat sources. You may choose to dehumidify or humidify depending on your environment. Extreme temperature and humidity will ruin hardwood.

Allow Wood Time to Cure

The materials that protect your finished cabinets are dual component products that in our oven require 5-8 days to achieve maximum protection of the natural wood. In the curing process, damage can and will occur if caution is not used to protect this finish from hot materials placed on it. Use extra care to protect these products so your investment really can last a lifetime!

Protect Your Cabinets

You can place coasters under hot cups or serving bowls. Use a table pad when possible to keep hot and heavy materials off the wood surface. In time, your finish will achieve its full protective properties, but for the first few weeks, it needs tender care.

Helpful Care Tips

  • Blot up spills immediately.
  • Lift items rather than dragging them across the cabinet surface.
  • Don’t place hot items directly on your cabinets. If something is too hot to hold in your hand, it’s too hot for your cabinets.
  • Do not allow cleaners containing ammonia to come in contact with the finish, ammonia may turn oak black.
  • Do not use cleaners containing bleach or wax.
  • Dyes and inks may discolor the finish. The ink and dyes from newsprint and plastic bags may penetrate into the finish when moist.

Quartz Countertop Care & Cleaning

Quartz is a popular choice for countertops, floors, and other surfaces due to its durability and low-maintenance nature. It is a non-porous material, which means it is resistant to stains and does not require sealing. To care for and clean quartz, you can follow these guidelines:

Daily Cleaning

  • Wipe the surface with a soft cloth or sponge and warm water.
  • For routine cleaning, mild dish soap can be used if necessary. Make sure to rinse the surface thoroughly with water afterward.

Dealing with Spills

  • Clean up spills as soon as possible to prevent staining.
  • For tough or dried-on substances, gently scrape off with a plastic putty knife or a non-abrasive scraper. Avoid using metal tools that may scratch the surface.

Avoid Harsh Cleaners

  • Avoid using abrasive or acidic cleaners, such as bleach, ammonia, vinegar, or products containing lemon or lime.
  • Harsh chemicals can damage the surface and dull the quartz’s shine.

Removing Stubborn Stains

  • Remember to try any and all cleaning techniques in a small hidden area first to prevent etching or damage to your counter tops.
  • For stubborn stains or dried spills, you can make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently scrub with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Protecting the Surface

  • Although quartz is resistant to scratches, it is still recommended to use cutting boards or chopping blocks to prevent potential damage.
  • Use trivets or hot pads under hot pots, pans, or heated appliances to protect the quartz from heat damage.

Avoiding Impact and Pressure

  • Avoid dropping heavy objects directly onto the quartz surface, as it can cause cracks or chips.
  • Use caution when placing heavy items on the countertop to prevent excessive pressure on a specific area.

Remember to always check the manufacturer’s guidelines or consult the installer for specific care instructions, as certain quartz brands may have their own recommendations.

Granite Countertop Care & Cleaning

Granite is a popular choice for countertops and other surfaces due to its durability and beauty. To keep your granite looking its best, it’s important to follow proper care and cleaning practices. Here are some tips to help you maintain and clean your granite:

Regular Cleaning

  • Wipe down the surface with a soft cloth or sponge and warm water to remove everyday dirt and debris.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners, or abrasive materials like steel wool, as they can damage the granite.

Mild Soap Solution

  • For routine cleaning, you can use a mild dish soap or a pH-neutral cleaner mixed with warm water.
  • Apply the solution to the surface and gently scrub with a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.

Removing Stubborn Stains

  • Remember to try any and all cleaning techniques in a small hidden area first to prevent etching or damage to your counter tops.
  • Act quickly to clean up spills to prevent staining. Blot the spill with a paper towel or cloth rather than wiping it, as wiping can spread the liquid and make the stain worse.
  • For oil-based stains, such as grease or cooking oil, use a poultice made of baking soda and water or a specialized granite stain remover. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.
  • For water-based stains, like coffee or juice, use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia. Apply the mixture to the stain, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse and dry.


  • Our Installers always seal your countertops before and during installation so in normal situations no sealing needs to be done for 10-12 years.
  • Granite is generally sealed to protect it from stains and damage. Check with the manufacturer or your installer to determine if your granite has been sealed.
  • If your granite needs sealing, reach out to us directly so we can match up your countertop with its needed sealer.

General Maintenance

  • Avoid placing hot pans or pots directly on the granite surface, as extreme temperature changes can cause thermal shock and potentially damage the stone.
  • Use coasters or trivets under glasses, bottles, and cans to prevent water rings and etching.
  • Consider using cutting boards when preparing food to prevent scratching the surface.
  • Avoid using acidic substances like vinegar, lemon juice, or citrus cleaners, as they can etch the surface of the granite.

Remember to always refer to the specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer or installer of your granite to ensure you’re following the appropriate guidelines for your particular stone.