Top Tips for Maintaining Kitchen Cabinets
A kitchen just doesn’t seem complete without beautiful cabinets. Keeping these cabinets in good condition, then, should be one of your top priorities. Here are our top tips for maintaining your kitchen cabinets.
Seal Cabinets with Quality Coatings
Though your cabinets aren’t directly exposed to the outdoor elements, they’re still vulnerable to multiple threats inside your home, including sunlight, impact, moisture, mold, grime, and more. As such, your cabinets deserve proper protection in the form of quality coatings. Whether you choose paint, stain, varnish, or another material, the goals remain the same: guard your cabinet surfaces from deterioration while embellishing their appearance. Cabinet finishing specialists can help you find the best paint finish for your cabinets to save you time and money. It’s also worth hiring these professionals to tackle the project for you, as it involves several steps and can take a long time to complete without an experienced team at the helm. Prior to coating your cabinets, they must be dismantled, cleaned, sanded, and primed (unless painting over painted cabinets that are still in decent condition).
Keep Your Cabinets Clean
Properly coating your cabinets will make them easier to care for. Dust, dirt, and moisture will still threaten these features, but you’ll have less trouble wiping away residue and maintaining appearances when they’re painted, stained, or varnished (especially when the coating is at least somewhat glossy). You must be careful when cleaning your cabinets, however, as the wrong approach can damage the coatings and the underlying surfaces. As a general rule, you’ll want to steer clear of abrasive cleaning solutions and tools, opting for gentler methods instead. Ask your cabinet painting company about which cleaning products are optimal for the type of finish with which you coat your kitchen cabinets.
Shade the Sun
It’s nice to let some sunshine in your home, but beware: UV rays can take a toll on your interior painting over time. If your kitchen cabinets happen to fall under direct sunlight at certain times in the day, try to block the rays by closing your shades or curtains. Otherwise, your beautiful cabinets might begin to lose their color. Of course, if you go with white cabinets, you won’t have to worry about the sun’s wrath nearly as much (though you will want to clean these blank canvases more often).
Ventilate Your Kitchen
If you cook often, you can expect things to get humid in your kitchen on a regular basis. A little water here and there won’t harm your cabinets, but humid environments can cause coatings to peel away. Extreme dry conditions won’t do your cabinets any favors, either. It’s important to properly control the temperature and moisture levels in your kitchen (and entire home, for that matter) to protect your surfaces and keep everyone inside comfortable and healthy. Make sure your HVAC system is functioning as it should, and always turn on the fans when steam is involved – your cabinets will thank you.
Finish your Cabinets Again
Even the best-maintained kitchen cabinets will need refreshing down the line. Still, if you take good care of your cabinets, you won’t have to worry about cabinet refinishing for a decade or more. Indeed, at Nash Painting, we fully expect our painted cabinets to last anywhere from 8-15 years without needing a fresh coat of paint (under normal conditions). We’ve transformed countless kitchens and homes across Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN.
To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!