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Old 08-07-2015, 11:30 AM   #1
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Cabinets Cleaning and Is It all Simulated Wood?

So getting my list of interior cleaning products together, and I am not sure what to do with the cabinetry. I know the cabinets themselves are a simulated wood covering over fiberboard, but what about the doors and the wood trim?

What cleaners do you recommend for these, or any other parts of the interior?
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Old 08-07-2015, 12:29 PM   #2
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I just use Pledge over all of the cabinets, doors and frames. Always looks good when it's done and have never had any damage that I can see.
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Old 08-07-2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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Mike, my owner's manual has a whole section of how to clean everything (section 9).

If you don't have a manual, you can download it here.

Incidentally, my manual says the cabinets are made of "high quality hardwoods".
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:02 PM   #5
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Mike, my owner's manual has a whole section of how to clean everything (section 9).

If you don't have a manual, you can download it here.

Incidentally, my manual says the cabinets are made of "high quality hardwoods".
Mine says partially or completely of real hardwoods. I know the cabinets are fiberboard because I can see the edge of the vinyl covering in the interior of the cabinets. I have also had a couple parts out in the front and they were fiberboard with vinyl covering.

The cabinet doors and much of the trim look like hardwoods - but I'm not an expert and would not want to ruin them because I chose the wrong product. The manual switches back and forth between the terms mild detergent and mild soap depending on where in the MH were talking about.

So for the wooden cabinetry, furniture and trim they say soft cloth and good quality wood finish cleaning product. Then vinyl simulated wood surface, water based cleaner and soft cloth. So by that, I would use two different products and need to know which is wood and which is vinyl covered fiberboard. I would rather use one product on both and was hoping for some suggestions to accomplish that.

I was thinking Pledge Multi Surface?
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That was one of my initial choices, but I am not sure how it would work on the vinyl covered fiberboard.
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Mike ...

I know that fiberboard is really wood particles / chips and GLUE ... exposing it to water (over time) will cause it to "expand" ... this will cause the vinyl to lose it's adhesion to the fiberboard.

So the secret to cleaning the vinyl is to not saturated the fiberboard (with water or anything else) ... so if you are wanting to clean your cupboards use at most a cloth dampened with your favorite cleaning agent ... and wipe with a damp cloth ... then with a dry cloth.

We in fact use a damp cloth on ours ... and use a cleaner only on the spots that require more than that ... but then we are not extreme cleaners ... we do not follow dust particles around waiting for them to land ...
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That's what I decided on, it was cheaper than Pledge and says it can be used on vinyl.
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:26 PM   #10
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Pledge is oily and leaves a film on the plastic and wood that over time can darken the light woods and soften the finishes turning them gummy. Murphy's Oil Soap is good all around.

Note that for weight considerations much of the cabinet box is a light wooden frame (potentially finger jointed) covered with a thin 3/16 inch luan or chip board with a vinyl veneer on it. Even the seat on the dinette and the table are made this way with the exception that the middle of the panels contain foam board insulation to stiffen it up.

I have a good friend who repairs high end furniture and he hates Pledge with a passion for what it does over time to finishes.
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I have a friend who has been in the furniture business since 1965. He said to use Pledge, he has never seen any finish harmed by it.
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