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Need Help Caring for Your Custom Order Cabinets? We Have Some Tips!

You decided on custom order cabinets precisely to fit into your kitchen, with your careful selection of colors, hardware, high-quality materials, and design styles all combined. Because you’ve put so much effort into choosing the exact cabinets and type you want, caring for your cabinets has become something you’re thinking about more often. After all, you want them to stay lovely and looking new  for as long as possible!

At Red Rose Cabinetry, we know how much you love your kitchen cabinets and want to protect them, so they stay gorgeous for a lifetime. With some of our tips for caring for your cabinets, you can extend their longevity and aesthetic appeal for decades.

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What Should I Use to Repair Scratches?

Investing in new custom kitchen cabinetry is an exciting way to spruce up your home, but what happens when you drop a pot, hit a door with a cooking utensil, or accidentally scratch your cabinet somehow? Repairing scratches, dings, and dents in your cabinets doesn’t have to be a costly, time-consuming process.

Wooden cabinets are the easiest to fix when they have minor scratches or other imperfections. Depending on the color of your cabinets, you may find the walnut trick is useful! Rub the walnut over a tiny scratch for a few moments, and then run your finger over the spot.

You will see the scratch fade away quickly through this camouflage method! Of course, you should reserve this trick for minimal scratches and not for a significant ding.

If your cabinets are painted or have a finish that prevents you from using the walnut trick, you may be able to conceal the scratches with a coat of paint, a wood stain, or a touch-up pen.

What Do I Do if I Have a Large Gash in My Wooden Cabinets?

In the case of a more significant imperfection, you may need to have a gash in your custom kitchen cabinets addressed with a repair kit or even with the help of professionals. If you have questions about how to repair a more prominent gash in your cabinet doors, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

How Do I Clean My Custom-Built Kitchen Cabinets?

After installing your new cabinets, it’s challenging to walk into the kitchen without looking right at them and getting distracted from what you were doing! You’ll want to keep them as clean as possible, so you can keep enjoying how they look. While we do go over how to clean your cabinets in more depth in another recent blog post, we will briefly discuss how to keep your cabinetry clean without damaging them:

  • Keep cabinets dry and immediately wipe up spills or moisture.
  • Use a microfiber cloth on your cabinets.
  • Only use gentle detergents—don’t use harsh chemicals or cleaners on your wooden cabinetry.
  • Wipe down the cabinets regularly to prevent buildup, grease stains, or other grime from sticking to the cabinets.

Should I Be Concerned About Light Damage?

Light damage or sun bleaching can affect custom-made cabinets like many other materials. Think of a neon green hose fading as it spends its summers in the direct sunlight of your backyard. In the same way that the hose loses its vibrant green color, painted cabinets can fade or finishes can discolor in the sun.

This discoloration or fading is due to the natural color in the cabinets breaking down over time because of the sun’s UV rays. Close your curtains and keep your cabinets out of direct sunlight as much as possible, and they will remain vibrant looking for much longer.

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What’s the Best Way to Care for Wooden Cabinetry Every Day?

Don’t let the fear of your cabinets getting scratched or having your dream kitchen remain pristine stop you from using your cabinets every day! After all, they are gorgeous, but you wanted your custom order cabinets built for use! However, you can get yourself into some good habits to help keep your cabinets looking their best for as long as possible.

  1. Step One: Wipe down the cabinets after cooking, or at least once a day to prevent buildup.
  2. Step Two: Make sure your cabinets are dry and clean up any spills or mess as quickly as possible to prevent staining or permanent damage to your cabinets.
  3. Step Three: When you’re not in your kitchen and admiring the perfect cabinet doors you chose, pull your curtains or blinds shut to keep the direct sunlight from hitting the cabinets for extended periods.
  4. Step Four: Deep clean the inside of your cabinets once a year to keep them from collecting dust, spices, or other debris.

At Red Rose Cabinetry, We Are the Experts on Custom Order Cabinets

Maybe you are planning a kitchen remodel and excited about cabinet design style options, or you’ve already got your new custom order cabinets in your home. Either way, you may have questions about them and how to keep the cabinets “showroom floor beautiful” for as long as possible.

As the experts in all things cabinetry-related, Red Rose Cabinetry has the experience and the knowledge to address any of your concerns! Let us help you cook in the kitchen of your dreams. Stop by our showroom in Lititz, PA, and see some of the cabinetry work we could do for you!

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