Gemstone Kitchens was formed in 2005 under the direction and vision of owner Kyriakos (Kiddy) Diogenous. With over 30 years experience in the cabinetry industry, his expertise and design knowledge will help you bring your ideas to life.
Care & Cleaning
Caring for Your Cabinets
Grease and grime buildup can damage cabinets and destroy the look and feel of a new kitchen. To remove buildup wipe down cabinets using a soft cloth dampened with warm water. If water alone does not clean cabinets completely, mix a little mild dishwasher soap with the water. Wipe down wood cabinets in the direction of the grain. Use a soft cloth to remove any residual moisture that may be left on the cabinets. Refrain from using other common household cleaners which may contain oils and waxes that could harm the finish on your cupboards over time.
When wiping cabinets that have been glazed, do not clean any tight grooves between moldings aggressively. Gently run a cloth over the grooves and do not insert finger nails, abrasive cloths or any sharp-tipped objects as they may damage the glaze. Excessive cleaning may damage the finish or remove glaze over time and your warranty does not cover this.
This is one of the worst enemies of any finish. Cabinetry near the sink and dishwasher and baseboards are most susceptible. Dry off any areas immediately where water has spilled. Avoid draping dish towels or other wet items over doors or placing coffee makers where steam vents directly onto cabinet surfaces.
Extremes in temperature and humidity can cause wood to expand and contract, swell or warp, and dry out– possibly damaging the finish of your cabinetry. It is important to control the temperature and humidity in your home all year long. You should allow minor warping to go through one heating cycle before considering replacement.
Direct exposure to sunlight can have a damaging effect on your cabinets especially those made from natural wood. Painted wood cabinets and laminated or Thermofoil surfaces also are susceptible to fading from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Use window coverings to help reduce or eliminate damage caused by exposure to direct sunlight.
Harsh cleaners can damage the finish of your cabinetry. Avoid cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, citric acid (including orange and lemon oil) and organic solvents.
Use a clean, soft lint-free cotton cloth for regular dusting.
Packaged dusting sheets are not required or recommended. Do not use pre-moistened dusting sheets, and do not use aerosol products made for dusting.
Laminate CountertopsClean the counter with a damp soft cloth and mild soap. Never use a laminate countertop as a cutting surface. Use a chopping block when cutting to avoid chipping and scratching.
- DO NOT use abrasive cleaners or steel wool; permanent scratches may result.
- DO NOT allow household bleach to remain on the surface of the counter.
- DO NOT put hot pans on laminate worktops.