How To Avoid Wear and Tear Damage To Your Wood Kitchen Cabinetry

Like anything else your wood kitchen cabinetry is subject to wear and tear.  To keep your wood kitchen cabinetry looking beautiful for years to come follow these simple tips.

Avoid Moisture Damage

Avoid draping damp clothes or dishtowels over cabinet doors. This moisture can cause permanent damage — such as peeling and discoloration — to the cabinet’s finish.

Avoid Heat Damage

The heat generated when using an oven’s self-cleaning feature is much greater than during normal cooking. If this heat escapes from the oven, it can damage your cabinets. While this is a rare circumstance, you can minimize the risk of wood kitchen cabinetry  damage by removing cabinet doors and drawers nearest the oven before using its self-cleaning feature.

Avoid Light Damage

Exposure to direct sunlight tends to darken the color of natural wood kitchen cabinetry products. Sunlight can also fade painted wood surfaces and laminated surfaces. You should consider draperies or blinds to shield your cabinets from direct sunlight.

Avoid Scratches Gouges and Nicks

Most scratches and nicks occur when we are in a hurry or trying to do too many things at once.  It is easy to grab a heavy pot or pan and hit the cabinet with it on the way out or when putting it away.  Arranging your cabinets so you have easy access to the things you use most and plenty of clearance for larger items can help.  Knives or sharp utensils kept in drawers should be anchored with drawer liner or utensil trays so they do not slide around and potentially create nicks and scratches inside the drawers.  You may have children who play with toys in the kitchen, especially the riding kind that can unknowingly dent or bruise lower cabinets.  Pets can also unknowingly cause damage to your fine wood kitchen cabinetry.  It is best to keep play and pets out of the area where cabinets are. 

A Touch-Up Kit may be available to hide small surface damage. Contact the place of business where you purchased your cabinetry to purchase the color-matched touch-up kit for your specific cabinets.  Use the kit’s touch-up pen to hide minor blemishes. Use the kit’s tinted putty stick to fill small scratches, gouges or nicks. Detailed instructions are provided in each kit.

If you have deep or severe damage, it is best to contact your kitchen pro for repair advice.

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