How to Maintain Your Recently Remodeled Counters & Cabinets

April 5, 2012

Have you recently remodeled your counters and cabinets? Do you know how to take care of them properly? Whether or not the surfaces are new, here are a few ways to make sure they last:

Counters: It’s important to know what kind of countertops you have. Are they scratch/heat resistant or scratch/heat proof? Are they porous or non-porous? Those answers will affect the care you take in maintaining your counters. General tips to keep in mind:

  1. Unless they’re scratch proof, always use a cutting board or butcher’s block.
  2. Unless they’re heat proof, always use heat pads.
  3. Regardless of if they’re simply resistant or proofed, limit long exposure to extreme elements.
  4. Clean spills up right away, especially if they can stain.
  5. Although it can generally be prevented, keep an eye out for mold problems if your counters are porous (this may happen due to over-absorption) and call a trained professional right away at the first sign of trouble.

Make sure you ask your contractor (or C.A.G.E. Design Build) about any specific requirements, too. For example, stone/granite counters need to be re-sealed every few years. Home Depot has a great sealer that prevents stains, water spots and more.

Cabinets: Dust gathers in cabinets just like on furniture throughout your home. A big part of maintenance, then, is simply dusting. Use a damp, lint-free cloth and follow the grain of the wood to prevent scratches. Additional general tips include:

  1. Keep your home climate under control. As the moisture in your home changes, your cabinets can expand or contract, cracking or warping the wood.
  2. Wipe up spills right away to help keep the cabinets dry. Make sure you use a soft cloth as opposed to anything that can scratch the surface like scouring pads, steel wool or powdered cleaners. Avoid the dishcloth or sponge, too, as it may contain grease or detergent remnants.
  3. Steer clear of products made with harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia.
  4. Don’t drape wet cloths or dishtowels over the cabinet doors as moisture can damage the wood.

Ask us for more ideas specific to your cabinets and your home’s potential problem areas!

Photo courtesy of Walker Zanger

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