How To Renovate And Clean Kitchen Cabinets

By Jeremy Foxe

If you intend to install custom cabinets, you should expect it to take up approximately half the cost of your kitchen installation, according to a top designer-architect, quoted in Consumer Reports. After sending such a hefty sum of money, you need to take extra care in maintaining the cabinets. On the occasion that your cabinets need a facelift, you can apply some creative and cost-effective renovation strategies.

Cost-Effective Renovations for Kitchen Cabinets

Your cabinets might not require any major improvements, but all you want to do is give them a new look. This can be easily done through refacing, which involves replacement of the doors and drawers. You can also add veneers to the face frames to complete the new look.

If you want something more than just a new look, you can also alter the functionality of these storage units. This is easily achieved by installing high-utility pull-out drawers and retractable trash cans. Of course, you can also go for semi-custom units, which offer a 30% cost saving compared to custom units (based on information by Consumer Reports).

Taking Care of Cabinets

Proper maintenance of cabinets is necessary if you wish to avoid needless renovation in future. Understandably, maintenance practices would vary depending on the material used to construct such storage units.

(I) Cleaning Laminate And Thermo foil Cabinets

Thermo foil and laminate cabinets possess a clear and shiny appearance that gives the look of an expensive custom unit. Such laminate and thermo foil finishes are ideal for French country kitchens.

Although cleaning grease on these surfaces is quite easy, you must always try to clean up any spills as soon as they occur. Such spills may end up being much harder to clean later on, which would necessitate more aggressive measures that can affect the cabinet surface.

Caring for laminate and thermo foil is quite similar to wooden surfaces, only that you won’t need to apply polish meant for wood. Simple food messes are easily wiped off using mild detergents or soap and water. Greasy spills would require a damp cloth followed by the appropriate cleaner.

Remember to avoid abrasive substances or powdered agents when cleaning thermo foil and laminate surfaces. Such substances would easily create unsightly scratches. You should also take extra care when removing sticky substances such as chewing gum and wax spills, which are more effectively removed by applying a bag of ice until they can be crumbled off.

(ii) Cleaning Wooden Cabinets

Standard cleaning procedures necessitate cleaning up of spills as soon as they occur. If left on for too long, a previously easy-to-clean spill may become quite hard to remove. Similarly, you should also prevent spreading by cleaning spots starting from the outer edges and working inward.

Food and water messes are best cleaned using mild, non-abrasive detergents. On the other hand, grease, lipstick and oil stains are first cleaned using a damp, lint-free cloth, before polishing using wood-specific cleaning products.

Such issues as nicks, scratches, dents and burns would require more extensive maintenance strategies. This would require use of such products as:

– Touch-up markers: A useful tool for dealing with small scratches.

– Putty sticks: Minor dents, scratches and nail holes are conveniently dealt with using this handy product.

Jeremy Foxe has been in involved in renovation of numerous kitchens. These insights are based on his vast experiences. You can get the best kitchen installation services from Apollo Kitchens, visit us at

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