How to protect your investment in kitchen cabinets
Published: June 4th, 2021
Did you know that kitchen cabinetry is one of the biggest expenses of a kitchen renovation? It accounts for up to 30% of the overall budget, so, understandably, homeowners are adamant about protecting this investment – especially when it comes to custom kitchen cabinets in Calgary.
While custom cabinets provide a beautiful look unique to your home, you’ll want to protect this investment as much as possible. Doing so will increase the value of your home and ensure they last for a lifetime. With that said, let’s take a look at some simple steps you can do to keep your custom kitchen cabinets looking brand new for as long as possible.
Apply the correct cleaning methods
Most homeowners run a cloth over their cabinets with a multipurpose cleaner. While this is usually effective enough for a surface clean, be sure you’re using the proper methods that won’t damage your cabinets in the long run. We recommend:
- Using a soft cloth and a drop of mild dishwashing liquid with warm water
- Never use brushes or abrasive sponges as this can scratch and damage the cabinet surface
- If you’re trying a multipurpose cleaner, do a “patch test” on a small area of the cabinets first
Make it a habit to wipe away any splashes or spills after cooking to avoid staining. Hot oil, foods, and liquids that remain on custom kitchen cabinets can stain the surface, especially with light-coloured material. Again, use a mild dishwashing liquid and warm water with a soft cloth to clean.
Avoid oil-based products
For wood or painted cabinets, oil-based products will sit on top of the finish and attract more grime. Ask your custom kitchen renovation company what type of products to avoid and which ones are best to use on your cabinets.
Always choose a reputable company to work with
Last but certainly not least, the quality of your cabinets is highly dependent on the craftsmanship of the company you choose. No matter how well you clean the cabinets and how diligent you are at avoiding bumps and scrapes, poor-quality cabinets won’t stand the test of time.
When searching for custom kitchen cabinets in Calgary, read through customer reviews, browse their website, look through their portfolio of projects and pictures, assess their customer service, and be absolutely sure you’re hiring a reputable company. It could be the difference between professional artistry with quality materials and a poorly finished product.