Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Doors, drawers and dust: kitchen remodel cleanupby Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
If you are like most homeowners who opt for a kitchen remodel, you will put a great deal of time and energy into the project. From in-depth research to budget-wrangling to choosing the right contractor -- the build-up to your new kitchen doors can be exciting and tedious by turns.
But when the job is done, what's next? Your cabinets might not be move-in ready: There's still some serious cleaning left to do.
Replacing kitchen cabinets: dust control
Copious amounts of dust go hand-in-hand with any remodel. Simply removing the kitchen drawers and doors can stir up dust. Add in sanding, drilling holes for new hardware and other necessary work, and you might find dust flying everywhere.
These tips prove that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure:
If you are replacing kitchen cabinets yourself, clean up as you go along. If you have hired a contractor, expect them to clean up after themselves. Most contractors do a great job of this, but even so, there could be plenty of dust left after they have said their goodbyes to a job well done.
New kitchen doors: conquering the dusty residue
Even the best contractor might miss a few spots of that pesky dust. After they have gone through the cabinets with their shop-vac and other tools, give the cabinets a thorough cleaning with a dustrag and appropriate cleaner. Make sure to use a damp rag, as this will capture the dust and prevent it from spreading around.
Finally, thoroughly clean every other area of your kitchen, from the light fixtures to the floor. This helps ensure that no dust is lurking in the corners, waiting to settle on your clean dishes.
About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a journalist and occasional novelist with a serious weakness for real estate. Her current home was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her necessary hobbies.