Painted Cabinets

Maintaining Your Painted Cabinets’ Finish

When you make the decision to invest in custom cabinets for your home or business, you want to make sure they last. This is especially true if you choose painted cabinets for your space, as paint can peel and chip over time.

While there’s no guarantee you’ll never have a problem with the paint on your cabinets, there are several measures you can take to help maintain the finish on your painted cabinets so you can enjoy them for years to come. 

The Easy Way to Maintain Painted Cabinets

Once your cabinets have been built, painted, and installed, it’s all about maintenance. A little bit of time put into your cabinets each week will save you a lot of time and money later on. All cabinets are prone to accumulate dust, dirt, and grime over time. This is especially true of kitchen cabinets, which are exposed to even more gunk, including grease, food, and dirty hands. For those who have children, you know exactly what we mean!

The key to keeping your cabinets in pristine condition is routine (and timely!) cleaning. We recommend carving out time one day a week to do a quick cleaning. Additionally, here are some helpful tips you can follow to maintain your painted cabinets:

Be mindful of what you’re using to clean. 

Because custom cabinets are made of natural wood — and painted, on top of that — you can’t treat them the same way you’d treat plastic or medium-density fiberboard cabinets. To keep your cabinets in the best shape, you want to be careful with what you use to clean them. When you have wood cabinets, it’s advised to keep away from harsh cleaning agents, like bleach, and only use soft microfiber cloths to clean, rather than sponges and scouring pads. 

Keep the surface dry.

It’s easy to spill water on your cabinets and leave it because you assume a little water won’t hurt and it’ll be fine. After all, water dries. However, water can severely damage your cabinets. So whenever you see a water spill, splatter, or spot, you should wipe it up as quickly as you can. This is one easy, but often overlooked, method of maintaining the finish on painted wood cabinets.

Move appliances away. 

For the most part, your countertops can withstand some heat. Your wood cabinets are another story. Steam and heat can quickly ruin the finish of your cabinets, and besides dishwashers, ovens, and microwaves, which are often built in, other culprits are toasters, coffee makers, and air fryers. If you can, move these appliances away from your cabinets; oftentimes, simply moving them over to your kitchen island will do the trick. No island? Take the time to wipe down your cabinets when you’re done using your countertop appliances, and this can help lessen the impact. 

Brand-new custom cabinets bring both beauty and function to your space, whether it’s a bathroom, kitchen, or office. But in order to keep your cabinets in great condition, you have to take the time to maintain them. By following these tips, you’ll be able to maintain the finish on your cabinets and get the most out of your investment.  

Is It Time to Update Your Cabinets?

Installing beautiful, handmade cabinets that are painted to your exact color specifications is the perfect way to transform any space. At Kustom Kabinetry, every order is built by hand in our custom cabinet shop in Perry, NY. 

If you’re interested in getting custom cabinets for your home or business, give us a call at (585) 237-3733, email us at, or fill out a contact form. 

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