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Taking good care of your custom made home cabinets will help to keep them in an excellent condition over the years. Those with wood finishes tend to require more frequent care in order to keep them looking good. Although your kitchen cabinets are exposed to all sorts from spillages, to light and cooking exhaust, you do not need to use any special products to keep them clean. In this article we will explain how to care for your custom made home cabinets.
Keeping your cabinets clean
If you notice that your custom made home cabinets are starting to look a little grimy or you feel like doing a spring clean, you will simply need to use soap, water and a soft lint free cloth. Start at the top of the cupboards and work your way down. You may find that there is a build-up of grime around the handles. This is caused by people touching the cabinet handles with oily, greasy and sometimes even dirty hands! The dirt may take a little effort to remove, but refrain from using a scouring pad as they can scratch the surface of your custom made home cabinets.
Once you have cleaned the cabinets make sure you dry them immediately with a separate clean cloth. Excessive moisture can cause permanent damage to cabinets with wood finishes. If you spill water or splatter your cabinets, make sure you dry them as soon as possible. Always make sure the cloths you are using are clean and refrain from using dish cloths as they may contain grease.
Although many people think that wooden cabinets dry and crack due to lack of oil, it is actually a change in humidity that causes this issue. There is no need to use wax, polish or oil-based products on your cabinets. It is also important to avoid using cleaning products that contain bleach, ammonia and other harsh chemicals. These cleaning products can permanently discolour and damage your custom made home cabinets. If you feel the need to use a specific wood cleaner (though soap and water is just fine) make sure you test it on a small hidden patch first.
Hinges and handles
Over time you may notice that your cupboards begin to stick, making them hard to open and close. In order to prevent this from happening you will need to lubricate the hinges. White lithium spray grease is a good lubrication to use on the hinges, but it must not be sprayed onto the wooden surface. If the hinges or handles on your cabinets become loose, you will need to tighten the screws. Maintaining your custom made cabinets will help to extend their life and keep them in a good condition.
Organising your kitchen
When organising your kitchen take care not to place small kitchen appliances like kettles and toasters too close to your cabinet surfaces. The heat and steam produced by the appliances can cause a build-up of moisture on the surfaces, which as we mentioned before, could cause permanent damage. It is also a good idea to keep drawers and cupboard doors closed at all times to prevent a build-up of dust.
So there you have it, out guide to caring for custom cabinets is now complete, it’s hoped this article will help with your future care and maintenance.
Despite what others may say, there is no need to use any specific cleaning products on your custom made home cabinets. Simply using soap, warm water and a lint free cloth will do the job perfectly. Giving your cabinets a wipe every week will help to keep them in a good condition.
You may also want to think about doing regular ‘spring cleans’ where you remove all of the items from the cabinet so that you can wipe the shelves inside as well as the outside surfaces.
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