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The Complete Guide to Caring For and Maintaining Your Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets are a significant investment in your home. You want to protect their beauty and keep your kitchen looking fabulous for as long as possible—not only for your own benefit but for the resale value of your home. Even though custom cabinets boast a higher quality than stock cabinets, they still require cleaning and maintenance to preserve their timeless elegance and tailored functionality. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the ins and outs of caring for and maintaining your custom cabinets, including: 

  • Daily cleaning and maintenance
  • Seasonal maintenance
  • Protecting cabinet finishes

Plus, we’ve included two free downloads to help you: a Kitchen Cleaning Guide and a Kitchen Maintenance Checklist.

Daily Cleaning and Maintenance

Daily cleaning and maintenance is simple. A basic wipe-down of your countertops and cupboard doors takes care of splatters and crumbs and prevents dust from building up. Wipe up spills quickly to prevent staining or warping of the wood.  

Harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners can damage cabinet finishes. Instead, we recommend a soft, microfiber cloth and warm water for daily cleaning. When you require something stronger, a mild liquid soap should suffice.

Here are a few kitchen cleaning tips to help you keep your kitchen clean with minimal effort. 

  1. Clean as you go. Fill the sink with hot, soapy water when you begin preparing food, and wash utensils, mixing bowls, and measuring cups as you use them. Let them drip dry while you finish cooking. 
  2. Enlist the family. Create a family routine that involves everyone and prevents after-meal clean-up from always falling on the same individual. 
  3. Don’t forget the cooktop. Even if you haven’t used it that day, it gathers dust just like other flat surfaces. Leaving splatters and spills on it overnight will only delay the inevitable and make the job harder.

A daily kitchen cleaning routine is quick and easy when you use it consistently. Download our free kitchen cleaning guide here. 

Seasonal Maintenance

A few times a year, take some extra time to inspect your cabinets for signs of wear, such as loose hinges or damaged finishes. Apply lubricant to hinges and drawer slides to ensure smooth operation. Tighten loose screws or hardware to maintain structural integrity, and promptly address minor issues like scratches or chips with touch-up kits or professional repair services. 

To prevent damage to shelves and hardware, avoid overloading cabinets. Prevent this by periodically decluttering and donating items you no longer use. As you declutter, you can also clean and organize the interior of your cabinets to prevent dirt and dust buildup.

Replace damaged or malfunctioning hardware promptly to maintain functionality. If you keep using your damaged cabinets, you can make the issue worse and cause further damage to other areas. Damaged cabinets can also become a safety hazard.

Control humidity levels in your home to prevent wood warping or moisture damage, and prevent pests and insects by sealing any gaps or cracks that could serve as entry points for them.

Download our free Kitchen Maintenance Checklists here, including daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal kitchen maintenance tasks.

Protecting Cabinet Finishes

When you choose cabinet finishes, consider your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. Some finishes require more maintenance than others, and some are more durable than others. 

Direct sunlight exposure can cause fading and discoloration of some cabinet finishes. Avoid this by installing window treatments to filter harmful UV rays. 

Prevent moisture and heat damage on kitchen surfaces by using coasters or placemats under glasses and dishes. 

Your Kitchen Cleaning & Maintenance Checklists

Maintain records of cabinet specifications, finishes, and any professional work performed. Referencing these records can be helpful if you decide to renovate in the future, and if you sell your home, the new homeowner will appreciate the information.

Taking care of your custom cabinets is not just about preserving their appearance but also protecting your investment. By following the tips and guidelines in this comprehensive guide, you can ensure that your custom cabinets remain beautiful and functional for many years to come. Make cabinet care a regular habit, and you’ll enjoy the enduring elegance and utility they provide.

For kitchen maintenance services or for help in selecting the most durable custom cabinets for your kitchen, consult an expert kitchen designer at Riverstone Kitchens & Renovations.

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