Water Damaged Kitchen Unit Repair

Restoring a water damaged kitchen unit

Water damage can occur in many ways especially in a potentially damp and moist area such as the kitchen. The kitchen area is used daily in most households and businesses regardless of which industry you occupy. Kitchen units can suffer damage from a number of factors but water is possible the most destructive form of damage in a kitchen.

Water Damaged Red High Gloss Kitchen Unit Carcase

water damaged kitchen unit under sink, this was created by a leaky pipe making the timber swell and staining the bottom of the cupboards in the process.

water damage to kitchen unit has been completely removed

Results after kitchen unit water damage had been repaired

How Does Water Damage Kitchen Units

Water can damage a kitchen unit in a number of different ways and in most cases a water damaged kitchen unit repair can be easily implemented without the stress and time consuming activity of changing the damaged item. All areas should be sufficiently dry to ensure repairs are permanent.

Water Staining Damage

Water stains kitchen units and carcases in various different ways depending on the material the items are formed from.
Water staining to timber or wooden kitchen units can be an extensive amount of damage to repair depending on how deep water has worked its way beneath the surface. Obviously any water or liquids should be cleared up and wiped away to avoid any serious long term damage. The longer the liquid spill is left sitting on the area more time the water has to seep deeper into the timber.

How To Make a Damaged Kitchen Unit Repair

It is possible to make some repairs yourself at home using some in-expensive items with a little knowledge of the task you are facing. Under no circumstances should anyone continue to carry out works if you are unsure or worried about making the damaged area worse.

Ensure the kitchen unit to be repaired is solid timber and not veneer faced, if it is veneered then you could end up sanding through the veneer stripping

Most surface stains can be cheaply and easily removed providing it has not worked its way to deep into the timber graining.

Identify that the stain is only a surface stain has not worked its way deep into the timber. If the stain has worked its way deep then it pointless trying this method and you will only create more damage.

Lightly sand the area with some medium to fine grade sand paper.

Ensure when sanding you work your way outwards from the stain, changing grades and making the area slightly larger each time. This ensures that dipping is not be obvious, otherwise you’ll create a bowl effect, also this will reduce tram lines from sanding.

Ensure you have smoothed the area sufficiently enough to be coated, remember some timber or coating will need to be smoother then other. E.g. most paints will be fine with a sanded finish up from grade 200 to 400 grit paper.

Protect the area with an appropriate coating whether its oil, lacquer, stain or paint, and leave to dry for the specified amount of time.

If the water damage to the kitchen units has worked its way deep within the graining of the timber the only practical thing to do is replace the area if it is easily accessible. Alternatively get a professional in to do the job, a patch repair can easily be done and the area can be made good in little time.

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