However, despite the fact that these cabinets add a very stylish and practical element to our homes, the reality is that they can be a costly investment too. For this reason, it is important to be able to make sure that we keep up them well enough so that they will not need fixing or replacing in just a few short years.
The first thing to keep in mind when thinking about cabinet maintenance is that you will need to remember to clean up any spills or stains as soon as they occur, as this will help minimise staining and damage to your cabinets. This can be done simply by using a slightly damp cloth to absorb any spilt liquid that can damage the surface.
You may find that there are many stain remover products that are advertised as being suitable for your kitchen cabinet, whether they are natural wood or painted white or grey cabinets. If you prefer to use one of these – or at the very least have one on hand to treat spills and stains – it is important to check whether they are suitable or not with the manufacturer and retailer.
The next way to keep up your kitchen cabinets is by ensuring that they first have a great water – and stain-resistant finish, and second to ensure that this is ‘topped up’ on a semi-regular basis. Many manufacturers will offer a variety of finishes, including eco-friendly water based ones, so make sure that you choose one that suits your requirements and preferences.
Those who use their kitchen often might prefer something tougher, because others who do not spend much time in the kitchen might prefer a finish that favours style over substance. Put some thought into what suits your needs and preferences and then get in touch with your cabinet supplier and see what they have available to match these.
Cleaning should generally be done with gentle products, and your manufacturer will often be able to recommend some to you. In many cases, a damp cloth should suffice, although some gentle detergents may be desirable in some cases. Soft cloths should always be used, as abrasive ones can ruin the integrity of the protective and water-resistant finish.
It is important that after every clean that you make sure that there is no water left on the surface, as this can damage the wood. Ensure that all moisture is wiped up with a soft cloth, and then that any polish is applied if necessary to add a protective layer back to the cabinet surface.
This applies to the interior of cabinets as well, as you may very well find that dirt and grime can easily build up here. Again, take care that there is no moisture is left on interior surfaces as this can cause damage to the wood at the interior or cabinets, make sure that you use gentle cleaning products and cloths, and apply protective products or polishes if.
By following all these steps you will be putting in place a great cleaning routine for your cabinets – whether you have opted for the modern white and grey cabinets mentioned above or prefer something more traditional – and are ensuring that they will stay in great condition a long time. Just make sure that you do not use any abrasive products on your surfaces, and be gentle when cleaning.