Restoring A Water-Damaged Kitchen Or Bath Cabinet

Water can find its way into your home through a variety of access points. Whether you experience a roof leak, leaky plumbing, or simply an excessive amount of water generated through operator error, you might find that some of your belongings can become damaged when exposed to water.

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are especially susceptible to water damage, since these pieces of furniture are located in close proximity to a water source. Here are some simple tips you can use to help restore a water-damaged cabinet.

1. Begin by drying out your damaged cabinets completely.

Before you can begin restoring a kitchen or bathroom cabinet that has been damaged by water exposure, you must first ensure that no excess moisture remains in the wood grains. If you fail to dry your cabinet completely before beginning the restoration process, you could deal with hazardous mold in the future.

There are two efficient ways to dry out water-logged cabinets. The first drying method (commonly referred to as injection drying) involves pushing heated, dehumidified air underneath the cabinets to dry them from the interior outward. The second drying method (known as tenting) traps cabinets in a dry and heated environment, forcing them to release the water within them through evaporation.

Since special tools are needed to complete either drying method, and failing to follow correct procedures when drying out your cabinets could cause warping, it can be beneficial to rely on the help of a skilled contractor when it comes to making sure your cabinets are completely dry. Contact a professional water damage repair company, such as Complete Restoration Services, for help drying out your cabinets.

2. Laminate cabinets must be sanded to remove bubbling.

If your kitchen or bathroom cabinets are made from laminate, you will probably notice some bubbling in the laminate finish after the drying process is complete. You can easily get rid of this bubbling by using 150-grit sandpaper and working with the grain of the laminate.

Once the surface is smooth and no bubbles remain, you can use a stain or waterproof paint to refinish your cabinet.

3. Consider protecting your cabinets from future damage by installing vinyl tiles along the interior.

Preventing water from getting into the wood grain of your cabinets can help you avoid additional damage in the future. Installing vinyl tiles along the interior of your cabinet provides an affordable solution.

Since vinyl tiles are essentially a peel-and-stick product, they can easily be applied by even the most novice home improvement specialist. Vinyl tiles come in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing you to not only protect your cabinets, but make them more stylish as well.

Restoring a water-damaged cabinet doesn't have to be difficult. Rely on the help of a skilled contractor to completely dry your cabinets, then sand down any bubbles in the laminate surface and install vinyl tiles to ensure your cabinets look new after sustaining water damage. 

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