Polyurethane is a very tough, durable varnish that coats a piece of wood with a plastic-like coating. Polyurethane is impenetrable by many substances, even those that are acidic, making it ideal for use on cabinetry. When cleaning a cabinet coated in polyurethane, remember that you are cleaning the finish
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It was fun, but now we’re getting ready for the next round, and we need to clean up our act. Cooking oils, grease, and dust add up to some dirty kitchen cabinets. The good news is that as bad as they may look, you can improve the appearance of your cabinets very easily — and just in the nick of time.
Cabinets might be solid wood, veneer over wood, or vinyl-coated wood. The wood might be sealed with polyurethane, wax, or varnish, or left natural. Care depends upon the surface treatment. General-purpose oil-soap wood cleaners work well for general care.
Harrington Kitchens are able to match the paint on your new polyurethane kitchen to suit your floors, tiles or any other aesthetics in your kitchen. This ensures that the kitchen blends seamlessly together and with your current furnishings.
We tried four cabinet cleaners — two spray formulas, a plant-based product, and a traditional oil soap — to find the best tool for the job.
When you choose painted Cleaning Polyurethane Kitchen Cabinets, they will usually be assembled with materials that accept and hold paint well, such as poplar, veneered plywood or MDF. The key is having a nice, flat surface, free of knots and heavy grain patterns. Some cabinet manufacturers perform all the finishing work on their cabinets in-house. At Canyon Creek, an elaborate system of spray booths, ovens and an overhead drying line make it possible to finish hundreds of cabinets a day. Cabinets leave the plant boxed and ready for installation.
The kind of paint used on your Cleaning Polyurethane Kitchen Cabinets will impact how they look, how they wear, how much they chip and whether they are resistant to water. When purchasing a stock or semi-custom cabinet, ask what kind of paint is used and if there are other options. There are many paint options: oil- or water-based paints that may or may not include alkyd resins to help with curing, and even solid-body conversion varnishes. Having an extended conversation about the options and their impacts (off-gassing, longevity etc.) might be helpful. Earlier this year I looked into using a zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint on some custom cabinets, but received less-than-positive feedback from the paint shop about using it. Using a low-VOC paint instead yielded good results. Paint companies are constantly working on formulating coatings with fewer VOCs, and as time goes on, they will only get better, so look at all of your options.