Avoid Kitchen Unit And Worktop Damage Repairs To New Kitchen

Avoid Kitchen Unit And Worktop Damage Repairs To New Kitchen

It is possible a to pre-plan the layout of your kitchen to avoid kitchen unit repairs and kitchen worktop repairs to ensure you get the most from your new kitchen. Firstly we must identify the sources of common damages that happen around the kitchen and then how to avoid them. I have gathered experience from visiting peoples properties on a day to day basis making repairs kitchens amongst other items. I am fortunate that this also gives me the opportunity to chat to clients and gather a great deal of information on their experiences on what they should and shouldn't have done. I have discovered a number of kitchen unit repairs or worktop repairs could have been avoided. By simply planning the kitchen layout and placing items in the correct places damage can be reduced, these factors are often missed. Frequent repairs are from water damage, heat damage, or traffic damage. We'll go into a little more depth on these contributing factors in the paragraphs below.

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Kettle Damage

Steam is a major factor in damage to kitchen units and cabinets

 

Steam from the daily use of boiling kettles can damage kitchen units, consider positioning a kettle below an open area or away from wall units to allow the steam to dissipate into the air. Regularly we see damaged kitchen surfaces from boiling kettles the signs of damage are often obvious but people neglect to notice them. We often make worktop and kitchen unit repairs to bubbled areas in laminates and vinyls where the moisture has manage to get in behind the top surface and begins to break down the adhesive underneath. Moisture often works its way in through joints and open seems and creates the surface to de-laminate.

Food Steamer Damage

kitchen steamers create large amounts of steam and can potentially cause areas in your kitchen to become damp and deteriorate the surfaces

 

Kitchen cabinet repairs are an often occurrence from food steamers that damage the area. Electric food steamers are becoming more common in recent years with the ever busier family life style. Electric staged food steamers are an easier method to cook large amounts of vegetables and require less attention with digital timers then hob appliances. Another advantage is in most cases it would be cheaper to run one electric steamer then multiple hops to cook food. Food steamers can damage the surrounding surfaces when venting heat and steam from the appliance. Kitchen unit repairs to steam and heat damaged items can be avoided by moving the appliance to a near by open window to help exhaust the moisture from the room.

Dishwasher Damage

damage caused by steam from a dishwasher

 

Dishwashers suffer from laminate or veneer peel around the opening of the door, plastic heat wrapped surfaces tend to have less joining edges then some other materials that kitchen surfaces are manufactured from. Always ensure the dishwasher has finished the drying period and you have provided sufficient time for the steam to settle before opening the door, ensure door is shut properly. This will help you to avoid any surface damages in the future and reduce damage to your kitchen.

Cooker Damage

A well designed kitchen cooker hood extractor will prevent heat and steam damage to the surrounding area

 

Cookers should be situated under extractor hooded units to prevent water damage and stain damage. Constant daily use of a cooker can create a build up of grease which can stain kitchen surfaces. When combined with the constant grease, heat and water damage it can quickly deteriorate the overall condition of the furnishings. When choosing a cooker opt for one that is well insulated and when cooking ensure door is closed properly and avoid leaving the door open for long periods of time. Consider Fitting a splash back surround to the rear of the cooker that extends the length up to the extractor fan.

Dryer Damage

Choosing a Dryer that produceses less moisture into the room can help avoid damage to your kitchen

 

Laundry dryers should have the extractor hose positioned outside to remove moisture away from the kitchen area to prevent over all moisture damage in your kitchen, it is also a good idea to have a window cracked open to help aerate the room while in use. It is unusual for a repair to be made from dryer damage but it still happens. Most modern laundry dryers now a days have a catchment tank built into the appliance to lower the amount of moisture that is released into the atmosphere.

Toaster Damage

Hot toaster with element glowing red hot, this demonstrates that people often carelessly leave toasters under cabinets wilst in use. over time this can very quickly damage the surface of any kitchen carcase or cabinet material

 

Toasters should be positioned away from kitchen cabinets; it is good practice to have a free space above to completely avoid doing any damage to the area around the toaster.

Damage From Microwave Ovens

Kitchen appliances can produce damaged items in your kitchen, an uncommon appliance that can cause heat and water damage is an old microwave that does not have sufficiant amounts of space around the the vented exit of the machine.

 

Electrical microwaves are not one of the most common appliances I have seen damage a kitchen surface. But to avoid kitchen unit repairs it is advisable to have the area well ventilated around the machine. Ensure the machine does not exhaust onto any surfaces that could easily be damaged and that they are easy to clean.

Damage From Lack Of Ventilation

reduce kitchen repairs by using this white extractor exhaust unit

 

Ventilation plays a major part in avoiding kitchen unit repairs, air extraction units are less affective when struggling against a pressure caused by room closure. Unless you open a window to equal out the negative pressure and improve the air flow throughout the room the extractor vent will be of little use. Simply opening a window when cooking will help vacate the area of most of the moisture and and heat build up in a room.

Surface Damage From Traffic

Traffic from people and pets can cause a great deal of damage over a period of time, cutlery, tinned food and jewellery, using a protective polish can help avoid some of these as it offers a little protection. Avoid installing High gloss surfaces as they scratch relatively easy, eventually some areas can become worn which becomes apparent when the finish begins to matt.

Moving in new appliances often causes scuffs and scratches, it is advisable to wrap items in a soft foam packaging wrapped in clear plastic, especially corners. That will help to reduce the damage and marks if an accident does eventually happen.Builders and tradesmen can play a major role in how well your kitchen is fitted, if a kitchen has been poorly fitted and the finish is not up to scratch you could be plagued with problems. Splinters and sharp cornered edges could potentially cause harm to people using the kitchen and also create damage to the surrounding kitchen area.

When inviting a tradesmen into your home ensure they protect areas being worked in and areas traveling to the place of work throughout your home sufficiently.

Ensure to make allowance for space for people to move freely around your kitchen when planning. This will help in avert the possibility of traffic damage happening to the kitchen surfaces. Avoid fitting end panels constructed from poor inferior materials and use well known hard wearing surfaces that will resist damage. Hopefully this will help you get the most out of your new kitchen.

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