Kitchen Cabinet Do's and Don'ts
by Miriam Kasdan
Now that your kitchen cabinets are newly refaced or installed, you'll want to keep them clean and well-maintained. Here are some easy tips to follow:
- Don't hang wet towels on the kitchen cabinet doors or drawer fronts. The moisture from the towel affects the wood and can leave a mark.
- Don't let your kids (or their playmates) swing on the kitchen cabinet doors, or use the drawers as monkey bars! Hinges or drawer guidance systems that are bent or twisted can't be repaired easily.
- Clean up any spills promptly. Although most finished surfaces are resistant to household foods and liquids, timely cleaning helps them stay that way.
- Don't apply wax or commercial polish to manmade countertops. These substances build up undesirable coatings. Just use a small bit of detergent to keep them clean.
- Don't place hot pans on countertops. Use a trivet instead.
- If you want to paint or resurface your kitchen cabinets in the future, use caution. Many paints arent compatible with cabinet finishes, and the paint could peel or blister.
Get Expert Advice
The best thing to do would be to consult a kitchen cabinet expert for maintenance advice. They know their products well, and are knowledgeable about the materials the cabinets are made of. Ask the professionals who reface or install your kitchen cabinets for tips on maintaining them and keeping them looking new for years to come.
About the Author
Miriam Kasdan specializes in marketing and home improvement features. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.