Kitchen Cabinets – Moisture, Heat and Light

Avoid Moisture Damage
Excessive moisture is an enemy of any finish or wood product. Do not allow water or other liquids to be in contact with kitchen cabinet surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Water will eventually be absorbed by the wood and cause swelling. Steam from kettles or dishwashers should be directed away from the underside of cabinets or the bottom edge of doors as this could eventually affect the adhesion of the edge-banding and may also dull the finish. Avoid draping damp clothes or dishtowels over cabinet doors as this moisture can cause permanent damage — such as peeling and discoloration — to the cabinet’s finish. Dampness next to dishwashers, sinks and toe kick areas can also cause finish damage and eventual damage to the underlying wood if not dried as it occurs. Always keep finished surfaces dry.

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 cabinet 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 products. Sunlight can also fade painted wood surfaces, laminated surfaces and thermofoil surfaces. You could consider draperies or blinds to shield your cabinets from direct sunlight.

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