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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.



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Three Tips To Protect Your Kitchen Cabinets Fro Common Forms Of Damage

by Scott Gordon

Your cabinets are critical components for both the look and functionality of your kitchen. Unfortunately, there are many people that may not have a very thorough understanding about the steps that should be taken to protect these cabinets from common forms of damage. By using these three tips, you can help ensure that your cabinets are kept in the best condition possible.

Repair Any Scratches As Soon As Possible

Scratches can be among the more common types of damage that your kitchen cabinets can sustain. Unfortunately, it can be a common mistake for individuals to underestimate the threat that these scratches can pose. For example, these scratches can make it easier for moisture to seep into the cabinet where rot can develop. To mitigate this risk, you should use a wood repair kit when you notice scratches. This kit will have a filler material that can be used to fill the scratch and prevent moisture from entering it.

Clean The Cabinets To Remove Grease

Over the course of time, it is likely that your cabinets will develop a thin film of grease residue. This can occur due to grease becoming airborne while you are cooking or it getting on your hands before you touch the cabinets. If this grease is left in contact with the cabinets for an extended period, you will find that they can become permanently discolored. Additionally, the cabinets might develop a rather foul odor as the grease gradually attracts bacteria and decomposes.  

Fortunately, it is fairly simple to remove grease from your cabinets. You will simply need to purchase a degreaser that is safe for use on wood cabinets. After applying this to the cabinet, you should be able to wipe them with a cloth to remove the grease accumulations.

Apply A Sealant To The Cabinet Exterior

Moisture damage can be another source of wear and tear for kitchen cabinets. Cooking, cleaning and washing the dishes can help to fill the kitchen with steam. When this steam condenses on the cabinets, it can leave water marks as well as contribute to the risk of rot developing. You can mitigate the risk of this damage striking your cabinets by coating them with a waterproof sealant. This sealant will form a protective layer over the cabinets, which will prevent the condensation from having the opportunity to soak into the wood. To ensure that your cabinets are protected against the risk of water damage, you should apply a new coat of sealant to them every few years.

For more information, talk to a professional like Facets RTA Cabinetry.