Care and Repair Secrets
Several years of wear and tear as well as frequent closing and opening of cabinet drawers and doors will take a toll on your kitchen hardware. Kitchen is in fact the most used part of the house apart from the bathrooms. Due to the nature of the work carried out in kitchens the probability of damage in kitchens is very large. The looks as well as the utility of kitchen deteriorate with time due to several factors.
In a three part series we will be tell you how to resurrect your dilapidated kitchen and make it look like new. Watch out for Parts I, II and III of our ideas to beautify kitchens. But before that you have to know a few things.
Causes of Damage
It might seem rather surprising that kitchen cabinets are actually used more than any other thing in the house. This can cause structural damage to the edges and corners of the kitchen cabinets, there are chippings and scratches that start showing up after a few year of use.
Moisture, heat and food ingredients such as salt are lethal to the material of the cabinet. This will cause the cabinets to warp and bend as time passes by. Performance of the cabinets fall and shines starts fading which need to be maintained. Also, handles, knobs and other replaceable hardware has to be altered once in a while too.
Remedies and Care
If not daily then at least take out some time once a week to wipe clean your kitchen hardware and aluminum or steel parts with soft cotton clothes using a home made concoction of lime, water and vinegar. Try to avoid strong industrial cleaners as they may harm the sheen, also keep moisture out of wooden parts.
Reach all the top of your cabinets and wipe off all the dust, of it is way to high for you, use a ladder or a tall stool. Do not neglect anything. Glass doors can be taken care of using a moist soft cloth, you can also use a glass cleaner of good quality.
Keeping Harmful Elements at Bay
You can never imagine how much harm termites and other insects can inflict on your wooden cabinets, these will also make stored food unsuitable for consumption, hence keep these away from your kitchen cabinets.
Take care of all moving parts and ensure smooth movement. Keeping the hardware in good shape can help in increasing the longevity of cabinets. Check for all the hinges, drawers and slides and replace them if need be.
Over time, the colour and polish will fade, what you need to do is apply a fresh coat of paint whenever required and polish them with lacquer to put the shine back. While painting kitchen cabinets choose oil based ones if you want a more durable solution and a smooth feel, otherwise latex paints are good for ease in maintenance.
Alternatively, you can choose to laminate the cabinet surfaces with a wide range of laminate patterns that are available for every kitchen cabinet. This method of refacing the cabinets is not only cost effective but also easy on the pocket.
Kitchen cabinets take a lot of rough use every single day, therefore maintaining them once in a while is ideal for a good looking and long lasting kitchen.