Drawer glides are normally designed for indoor use only. The type of drawer glide that is used on a particular cabinet varies between manufacturers. Therefore, it is important to know what type of glide is used on your cabinet to properly operate the drawers.
Self-closing glides only require the drawer to be pushed in to a certain point and the closing mechanism on the glide will draw the drawer in the rest of the way. With these types of glides allowing the closing mechanism to draw the drawer in rather than pushing it through the closing will prolong the life of the glide. Non self-closing glides do need a gentle push on the drawer all the way in to close.
With both of these types of glides do not ‘overfill’ the drawer as the extra weight will shorten the life of the glide. When opening the drawer do not allow the drawer glide to stop the momentum of the drawer at full extension. This will severely shorten the life of the glide. Gently open the drawer to full extension controlling the momentum of the drawer.
Cleaning Because drawer glides are lubricated, the performance of the glide can be affected by extreme temperature, humidity, chemicals, dust, dirt and other particles.
Use a soft cloth to clean the side of the glide periodically, being careful not to remove the grease as this could shorten the life of the glide and prevent smooth operation.
How to care for door hinges:
Hinges are normally designed for indoor use. The hinge is usually lubricated to allow the door to open and close smoothly.
Some hinges, usually on cabinets requiring assembly, allow for manual adjustment for the leveling of the door. Some hinges have been installed by the factory and are pre-leveled.
Hinges require little maintenance. Periodically check to make sure the hinge is secure on the door frame. Tighten any screws that may have become loose with normal use.
Cleaning Because a hinge is lubricated, wipe it with a soft cloth periodically to keep dust and other particles from affecting the smooth action of the hinge without wiping off the lubrication.