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Cleaning Out Your Kitchen Cabinets Before you Paint

Cleaning Out Your Kitchen Cabinets Before You Paint

Before Painting your Kitchen Cabinets – You’ve heard the expression, “a little paint can go a long way” before, haven’t you? Well this is not false information. It’s especially important if you’ve been looking at your outdated kitchen cabinets thinking that it’s about time you updated them. Before you call a contractor and spend thousands of dollars on replacing them, you might want to consider doing a major update yourself for much less. Painting the kitchen cabinets will, if done properly, have your kitchen looking like a million dollar renovation.

Now that we’ve thoroughly convinced you that this is the way to freshen up the look of your kitchen, we should share the one catch with this particular project: surface cleaning. You need to thoroughly clean the interior surface of your kitchen cabinets prior to starting this project.

How to prepare your Kitchen Cabinets for Painting

You may not be able to see it, but your cabinets’ interior surfaces may have a lot of grease and grime buildup from all the cooking that’s been done in the kitchen. Using tri-sodium phosphate to clean out your kitchen cabinets will help to remove the grease much more efficiently than just soap and water. This preparation is particularly important because you absolutely need to rid all surfaces of food residue and anything else that could be stuck to the cabinets. Removing the kitchen cabinet doors may make them easier to wash than if you left them on to clean them.

Sanding is another very crucial step before you begin painting the kitchen cabinets. In addition to cleaning the cabinets thoroughly, sanding will remove extra tough grit and smooth them down nicely. Our recommendation is to clean them thoroughly first and then sand them. If you don’t want to undertake this second step be sure to do the first one. If the cabinets are not properly cleaned prior to painting then the paint will have trouble adhering to the surfaces. This could lead to the paint bubbling, cracking, or peeling. If you want your cabinets to look as good as new after a fresh paint job then clean them well!

Now that you understand the importance of cleaning before painting the kitchen cabinets you’re guaranteed to do a great job that will last a long time. If the prep work and cleaning seems easy enough, but the painting is more of a daunting task, give HPT a call! Call us today at 416-494-9095 or email us at Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com.

Brian Young - Home Painters Toronto

From The Owner & Founder


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Since 1987 when I was at York University simply earning my way through school, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of amazing homeowners like yourself.

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