Sunday, 1 April 2018

How to Keep Your Kitchen Cabinet Looking New

Kitchen cabinets are a big investment, and often fail to hold up when treated improperly. There is a lot of expense and inconvenience involved in replacing damaged cabinetry. Homeowners are often unaware of underlying problems until the damage starts to become overwhelming. There are many complications that can cause indoor cabinets to go bad. Outdoor climate can play a big part in how you care for your cabinets. Geographical regions that tend to remain warm and humid throughout the year can put a lot of pressure on wood interiors. Those living in Singapore may need to take some extra precautions while caring for their kitchen cabinets.

Moisture and Humidity
Moisture can become an issue for cabinets in any home. Even when the outdoor temperature is moderate, moisture can concentrate on surfaces from in other ways. Water often splashes from sinks while dishes and hands are being washed. These small water droplets sit on the surface of the wood and cause small amounts of damage over time that eventually ruins the surface.

Moisture in the air from outside climate can cause the humidity in the home to rise. The moisture in the air slowly corrupts wood items in the home over time. Since this damage can start out slowly, many people do not notice it at first. By the time individuals notice there is a problem, it is often too late to repair, and a replacement must ensue. Kitchen cabinet maintenance is key to making your
investment last.

Cooking can also cause some problems with the moisture content in the kitchen. Stoves are often used to steam and boil various food items. The rising steam from pots of food enters the air and can warp the wood on the cabinets. Bubbles on the surface of the cabinets can form, and they may not open and close properly. Paint or finish on the surface may become worn or discolored, as well. There are a few things you can do to avoid ongoing issues.

· Keep towels nearby to wipe off water immediately that splashes on the cabinets
· Use the overhead fan when cooking to eliminate some of the steam.
· Use a dehumidifier in the home and keep air filters fresh.
· Air out the home after many days of rain to release the humidity.
· Use lids on pots while cooking on the stove.
· Place extra fans in the kitchen area to keep the air clear and dry the cabinets.
· Coat cabinets with a good stain, paint, or sealant to repel moisture.
· Thoroughly dry dishes before placing them in the cabinets.

High Temperatures
When temperatures rise, many materials tend to expand. Wood is one of these materials. Many people take extra care to protect wood flooring in hot weather, however, they seldom think about the kitchen cabinets. The wood on kitchen cabinets may expand during if the temperatures reach too high of a degree. Carefully place cabinets may not have room to expand. The result is bent wood that causes a warped appearance. When the temperatures fall, often at night, the cabinets may return to normal size. When this happens repeatedly, however, they do not go back to their normal shape. All homes have different insulation and cooling systems. A lot of the results depend on how your home is constructed. There are a few things to look out for when you homeowner.

· Cracking woodwork
· Creaking sounds coming from the cabinetry.
· Warped pieces of wood (may be most noticeable on the bottom or front frame)
· Doors that do not close properly or fit in the frame all of a sudden
· Uneven surfaces inside the cabinets (shelves that are not flat)

There are some preventative measures that may help you to avoid these problems.
· Properly insulate your home to keep the heat out
· Run the air conditioning on a regular basis
· Ensure ventilation by checking air conditioning filters and keeping the unit in optimal condition
· Use your ceiling fans
·  Keep windows and doors closed during the hottest part of the day

Prior to Installation
It can be an exciting experience to remodel your home and make your kitchen beautiful. New cabinets can make the entire kitchen look fresh. It can be frustrating, however, to spend a lot of  money on new cabinets, only to have them ruined by heat and moisture in a few months. Take into account the climate you live in long before the installation process. Take the time to prepare the area and the cabinets properly.

Cabinets may come from a climate controlled warehouse prior to being in your home. This means they are acclimated to a certain temperature setting and may respond differently when the heat sets in. Plan ahead so that you have time to set the cabinets out in your home for a few days to a month, prior to putting them into place. While they are loose in the room, they can expand or shrink as needed
without the restriction of the walls. This allows for a proper fit, and ensures less changes over time.

This also gives you some time to prepare the walls where the cabinets are going. Moisture barriers are important in every area of a home in an area where there is no winter. Seal of the walls, paint, or both. This helps to avoid moisture that could adhere to the walls and infiltrate it before you install. This small step can protect your new cabinets from anything that formerly resided on the walls.

Cabinets in the kitchen are a necessity for storage, however, they take effort to maintain It is pertinent to protect you purchase by implementing proper preventative measures. Prepare your home and cabinets prior to installations, keep your home cool, and invest in a dehumidifier. Take care to wipe off any moisture that accidentally gets on to your cabinets, before it has a chance to cause damage.
Make sure the wood is properly painted, stained, or sealed in some way. You can enjoy your cabinets for many years when you take care of them properly.