Cleaning your IKEA cabinets and your new kitchen

Congratulations! You finally have your beautiful, dream kitchen, and of course you want to keep it in great shape. Here are the care instructions from IKEA–this information is an excerpt from their 25 Year Warranty.

Our cabinet doors and drawer fronts are built to withstand everyday life in the kitchen for many years. That means, for example, wet cloths, sticky fingers and the grease from frying.
So, to test them, we throw water on them and daub grease on them and leave it there for 24 hours. After 23 hours, we add alcohol and coffee for good measure and leave that for an hour! Then we clean up the worst of the mess with kitchen paper – and wait another 24 hours. Only then do we clean the surfaces properly. And the only surfaces we approve are those that don’t show the slightest mark or defect. But that’s not all! We even test the edges to ensure they can cope with temperatures up to 85°C (185°F), water (1 hour’s soaking) and steam at 50–60°C (120–140°F) without coming loose. Then and only then are our doors and drawer fronts deemed good enough for day after demanding day in your kitchen.

Care instructions

Cabinet frames, fronts, shelves and drawers

At IKEA we recommend using a soft cloth dampened with water or a mild cleaner,
if necessary, for cleaning your cabinet frames, fronts, shelves and other wooden surfaces. Use only cleaning agents that are intended for the materials you have. Avoid any agents that contain ammonia, alcohol, bleach or an abrasive. Rinse with clean water, then dry with a clean, dry cloth. If you happen to spill, do not allow the liquid to stay in contact with the surface, wipe off immediately. Don’t forget to wipe under the base cabinets and the edges of the cabinet doors.

Don’t place e.g. the coffee maker or electric kettle so the steam flows up against the underside of the cabinet frame and doors. And don’t open the door of the dishwasher immediately after the programme has ended. Exposure to heat and the high humidity increases the risk that the worktop or door may absorb moisture and swell.

Stainless steel sinks

After each use, wipe the sink clean with a cloth or sponge damped in water or a non-abrasive detergent, if necessary. Rinse the bowl with water and then wipe the sink with a dry cloth to avoid lime stains from dried-up water. You should also wipe up washing-up detergent or cleaner to avoid stains. Do not use scouring-powder, steel wool, hard or sharp tools which can scratch the stainless steel surface. The damp surface can be discoloured if substances containing iron, such as steel wool, nails or gravel, are allowed to remain on it. Discolouration is caused by the foreign material. Always wipe and rub the sink lengthwise when cleaning.

Solid Wood Worktops

Our solid wood worktops are factory-treated with one coat of wood oil. Please remember, however, to oil a wooden worktop with BEHANDLA wood treatment oil before installing it. The oil prevents water from penetrating the surface, protects the surface from stains, and gives it an attractive lustre that is easy to keep clean. The first week after installation, treat the worktop every other day, and after that once every three days until the wood is saturated. To maintain the appearance and function of your worktop, oil it as necessary, about 3 to 5 times a year and more regularly around sinks and nobs.