Care & Maintenance
With Fehrenbacher, quality comes first.
This applies to all stages of a project, including while you are enjoying your cabinets. If any issues should arise, please call with your questions and we will find a solution.
To maintain the beauty of your wood cabinets, several items have to be considered. Wood has many natural enemies and excessive moisture is the worst. Lack of moisture is almost as harmful. Too much humidity will result in warping and mildew stains; too little will cause shrinkage which loosens joints and curls veneers. Temperature extremes are also harmful. Wood cabinets do best in a steady temperature between 65 and 75 degrees, with 45 to 50 percent humidity. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier when needed. Our stained cabinets are finished with three coats of oven-cured conversion varnish which produces a very durable surface. This surface requires no waxing. When cleaning your stained, glazed, or painted cabinets, never use any type of strong or abrasive type cleanser. This finish may be wiped clean using a soft, damp cloth and mild detergent. Be careful not to use an excessive amount of water. Rinse with a cloth dampened with clear, warm water and then dry with a clean cloth.
Butcher Block Counter Tops
For routine cleaning of butcher block top, after scraping off any food or dirt particles, clean the wood using a wet cloth, sponge, or paper towel, being sure to dry surface afterwards. At least once a month, apply pure mineral oil to the wood surface. Rub the oil into the wood, let it soak in for a few minutes, then wipe off any excess oil using a clean paper towel.
Zodiaq Counter Tops
Limited 10 Year Warranty For routine cleaning of Zodiaq, use a damp cloth or paper towel, and if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, non abrasive cleanser. Do not place hot skillets or pans directly on top. Use hot pads or trivets. Though stain resistant, when exposed to liquids, such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda, or fruits and vegetables, wipe up food and liquid spills as soon as possible. For more difficult spills, please refer to the Zodiaq Care Brochure. Zodiaq will keep its lustrous gloss and ultrasmooth surface without polishing. Since Zodiaq is nonporous, it does not require sealants or waxes.
Warranty Information for Zodiaq and Corian:
Laminate Counter Tops
For routine cleaning of laminate top, use a damp cloth with a mild soap or detergent. Abrasive cleaners should not be used. More stubborn dirt, greasy fingerprints or glue spills may be removed with lacquer thinner. Do not use a hotplate. Excessive heat will cause discoloration, de-lamination or blistering of laminate. Also, slicing can damage the surface. Use your knives and other sharp implements on a chopping board. KEEP ALL SEAMS DRY! Excessive water standing in the area of a seam, especially behind the sink, may cause permanent damage to the backsplash. Damage caused by excessive water in a seam area is not warranted by manufacturer.
Pat’s Affordable Appliance Service – Contact for Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko, Vent-A-Hood, and Scottsman products.
Preferred Appliance Repair – For in and out of warranty work on Whirlpool branded products (KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Maytag, Jenn-Air), we recommend that you contact Preferred Appliance Repair to do the repair. Have your model number, serial number, and purchase date available when calling.
Do NOT adjust the 2-screws that fasten the hinge to the back of the door or cabinet frame unless they become loose..
There are 3-screws on each hinge that can be used to adjust the doors.
- The first screw, probably the one you will use the most, adjusts the door left and right. This screw is used if your pair gap is too tight or too large.
- The middle screw, recessed into the hinge, adjust the door up and down. NOTE: Any adjustment to this screw must be made equally on all hinges on the door.
- The third screw adjusts the door in and out. (It controls how close the door lays to the frame.)
Corian Counter Tops
Limited 10 Year Warranty For routine cleaning of Corian, washing the surface with soap and water is usually sufficient. Unlike most other counter top materials, abrasive household cleaners can be used, such as Ajax with bleach and a Scotch-Brite pad. Do not place hot skillets or pans directly on top. Some heat generating appliances like electric skillets or crock pots can damage the surface. The use of a trivet or hot pad equipped with small rubber feet is recommended. If further information is needed, please refer to the Corian Maintenance brochure.
Granite Counter Tops
Granite, because it is a natural stone, carries No Warranty For routine cleaning of Granite, use mild liquid detergent to remove mineral deposits and soap scum. Restore dull surfaces with a light application of a stone countertop cleaner-polish. Avoid using ammonia products such as Windex as they may leave a film. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, scouring pads, scrapers, or sandpaper. Though tops are sealed when fabricated, with use, Granite tops may require sealants. Water should “bead up” on the counter top surface, similar to water on a freshly waxed vehicle. If the water does not “bead up,” it is time to reseal your granite tops.
Visit www.stonecare.com for further maintenance suggestions and products available.
If you should chip your stone top or a piece should come loose, it is important to save this loose fragment. In many cases this can be fixed. Contact us to see if we can help.
Cultured Marble Tops
For routine cleaning of cultured marble tops, use only liquid or foam, non-abrasive cleaners, then apply a coat of non-yellowing wax or polish. Remove hard water scale and rust stains with a mild vinegar and water solution followed by a polishing compound. Grease stains and oil residues can be removed by mineral spirits available from paint outlets. Mold or mildew can be removed with a dilute solution of Clorox or with Lysol. Never let pure bleach come in contact with your marble. For more information, refer to the Marble Care Instructions from the manufacturer.