I may be wrong but I have neen told you can clean the cabinets but with the finish they put on them nothing will get to the wood.
I totally agree. The finish is totally sealed be it lacquered or other modern finishes. I think the reason for top coats is to keep it from drying out or mostly to look shiny.. As for lifetime protection I don't think any of us will outlive the finish applied to modern cabinets, my gun stocks included and including my hand rubbed oil stocks. I have a Remington from the 40's that looks like new but I lemon oil it. We "oilers" have to admit, it does give us that warm fuzzy feeling that we are doing the best we can for our woodwork. Lemon oil makes it look bright & shiny but does nothing for the wood... . IMO..
I must back up a bit. I told my wife never to use anything but oil based polish on our dining room table that I consider the best piece of furniture in the house. I guess she forgot and has been using "ENDUST". I just noticed after she got through "dusting" that the finish was dull. Bottom line, upon inspecting the table, the ENDUST has dried out the wood to the point that the grain has started to show. That stuff penetrated through the finish to the wood. I was wrong. Seeing is believing. I have been rubbing lemon oil on it and it seems to be starting to come back. The ENDUST is in the garbage...
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Many products contain ingredients that can dry out wood and worst of all--the finish applied to protect it. Check the label for chemicals, alcohol...
Nearly all cleaners/polishes contain some kind of oil. They will help dress up the surface, clean, help protect from damage and minimize appearance of minor surface scratches & dings.
I've found Pedge multi-surface cleaner/polish works nicely for surfaces in great condition. However Old English and Orange Glo do a great job of evening out surfaces that show some wear, especially darker woods.
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I agree with others about the wood being sealed with laquer. Twice a year, I use a light coat of Pledge to wipe down all of the cabinets. If you haven't tried it, Pledge works great on EVERYTHING. I've been washing and waxing my own vehicles for 40 years and I've used Pledge on all of them. It works great on stainless, vinyl and plastic dashes, tires, wood cabinets and countertops.
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