How to Clean Melamine Cupboards
If your melamine cabinets have rece...
If your melamine cabinets have recently accumulated a noticeable amount of grease, dirt, and debris, you'll want to clean them. But, do you know how? Fortunately, your melamine cabinets can be successfully purged of dirt with a few basic cleaning tools.
Step 1 - Dust Your Cabinets
Before proceeding to clean your cabinets, you will need to give them a thorough dusting. Begin by removing everything from inside, and then use a mini vac, feather duster, or a damp washcloth to remove all traces of dust from both the interior and exterior. Once the cabinets are dust-free, you'll be ready to move on.
Step 2 - Mix Your Cleaning Solution
If you'd prefer to use a commercial cleaner for the cabinet cleaning process, you're free to skip this step. However, if you like to know exactly what goes into your cleaning products, you'll be pleased to learn that you can easily produce your own cabinet cleaner with nothing more than warm water and mild liquid soap. Combine these two ingredients in an empty spray bottle, and then shake the bottle until your cleaning solution takes shape. This solution works particularly well for getting rid of dirt.
Step 3 - Apply Your Cabinet Cleaner
Now that you've decided on a suitable cabinet cleaner, proceed to vigorously spray down the cabinet's interior and exterior. If you're using the homemade soap-and-water solution, allow it to set in for three to five minutes. If you're using a commercial cleaner, consult the product's packaging to determine the recommended amount of set-in time. After your cleaning solution has been given ample time to sit, use a sponge, washcloth, or paper towel to wipe the cabinets clean using broad, circular strokes. Once you're satisfied that your melamine cabinets have been sufficiently cleaned, you'll be ready to proceed.
Step 4 - Rinse Your Cleaning Solution
Having successfully carried out the cleaning process, you're just about finished. Begin the final step by lightly dampening a sponge, washcloth, or paper towel and once again wiping your cabinets in broad, circular motions. You may have to go over the cabinets several times before entirely removing the cleaning solution. Alternatively, you can fill a spray bottle with warm water and apply it to your cabinets. Then, use a dry cloth, sponge, or paper towel to wipe away the water.
Step 5 - Keep Your Cabinets Clean
Now that your cabinets are clean, you can easily keep them that way by performing some regular maintenance. Once or twice a month, make sure to thoroughly dust the outside and inside of your cabinets; then wipe them down with a lightly dampened cloth. This should help cut back on the number of full-scale cabinet cleanings you will need to administer.
Top 4 Benefits of Melamine Doors in your Kitchen
When it comes to choosing the doors...
When it comes to choosing the doors for your new kitchen cabinets, you want them to be functional as well as attractive. If you’re not sure what material you want to go for with your cabinets, melamine could the just what you’re looking for. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the benefits of choosing melamine doors for your cabinets.
1.Range of colours and finishesOne of the best things about choosing melamine doors for your kitchen cabinets is that you have access to a huge range of colours and finishes. This means you can create a customised space and won’t be restricted by limited options. Whether you want to opt for a neutral palette of white, cream, grey or pale blue, or you want to inject some vibrant colour into the space, you’ll be able to find just what you’re looking for with your melamine doors.
2.Highly durableIn a high-traffic, heavy-use area such as the kitchen, it makes sense that you want cabinet doors which can stand up to wear and tear. Melamine has a tough outer coating which makes it resistant to excessive moisture, heat and stains. Melamine’s hard-wearing reputation is due to it construction, with the hardened resin in melamine making it able to withstand dents, chips and scratches. Melamine also resists fading over time, so you don’t need to worry about it looking shabby in a short amount of time.
3.Budget friendlyRenovating your kitchen can be expensive, particularly if you need to factor in other expenses such as splashbacks, benchtops and new appliances. Melamine helps you stay within budget due to it being very cost effective, leaving you with additional funds for your renovation. Despite the low price point, melamine has an attractive aesthetic and stands up to other more expensive kitchen door options.
4.Easy to keep cleanLet’s be honest, the easier your cabinet doors are to clean the better! Luckily, melamine fits the bill and is simple to clean. Simply wipe your cabinets over with soapy water on a regular basis and then dry them with a soft cloth. Wipe away food and liquid spills right away to avoid staining. Remember to avoid abrasive cleaners or scourers as this can eventually lead to micro-scratches on the doors.
Here at Universal Doors, we offer customised flat packed kitchen cabinets for your home. With no modular sizes, you can be confident that your cabinets will fit perfectly into your space, and you have over 200 colours and finishes to choose from for a personalised product.
The Pros And Cons Of Walk-In Vs. Cabinet Pantries
It’s only natural to debate w...
It’s only natural to debate whether to go with a walk-in or cabinet pantry when you’re building a new home or redesigning your existing kitchen. Some homeowners want a roomy nook with wall-to-wall shelves and customized inserts, while others are satisfied with just a few shelves and pull-outs tucked inside a kitchen cabinet. Here are the pros and cons of both styles.
Pro: They have more storage capacity.Walk-in pantries are a home chef’s best friend. They take the cake when it comes to sheer volume of storage space. With multiple walls of floor-to-ceiling shelves, they’re big enough to store dozens of ingredients, cookbooks, snacks, pots, pans, medium to large cooking appliances and more.
Con: Storage is more spread out.Bigger isn’t always better, especially when you’re in the mood to whip up a quick dinner. It may take a few extra minutes to gather your ingredients in a large walk-in pantry. You may have trouble remembering where you put your sugar and flour. Walk-in pantries are also some distance away from appliances and prep space, which can reduce efficiency when you’re cooking. Some homeowners prefer the convenience of having ingredients on hand in their kitchen.
Pro: They can be better organized.Cabinet pantries aren’t inefficient by any means, but walk-in pantries let you get a little more creative with your organization techniques. You can sort your items by row or column, by food group and so on. Consider dedicating a column of shelves to non-refrigerated fruits and veggies or your most-used oils and spices. You may even have room to house your baking sheets with built-in tray dividers.
Con: They can require more upkeep.Unfortunately, a highly organized pantry comes at a price. You know the drill: More space plus more shelves equals more to keep clean and tidy. It takes time and effort to dust off dirty surfaces and declutter shelves. If you’re looking to cut back on your weekly to-do list, you may prefer a cabinet pantry with less storage and less upkeep.
Pro: They can store bigger appliances with ease.Cabinet pantries can house toasters, coffee makers and mixers too, but it’s usually at the expense of valuable storage space. Walk-in pantries can comfortably fit larger appliances like microwaves, slow cookers, juicers and deep fryers, freeing up counter space and ensuring they’re ready to grab when you need them. Some pantries may even have enough space for a second refrigerator.
Con: They take up a lot of space.A major downside to walk-in pantries is that they require a lot of space to be functional and efficient. If you’re designing a new kitchen or remodelling an existing one, you’ll have to shrink your kitchen’s footprint to accommodate a walk-in pantry. This can be an issue for homeowners who are short on space to begin with and want to maximize the size of their kitchen.
Pro: Storage space is more centralized.Whereas walk-in pantries feature several walls of shelves, cabinet pantries confine all of your snacks, ingredients and small appliances to a single space. You don’t have to spend time searching through several walls of shelves to find what you need. Less time looking means more time cooking.
Con: They have limited storage space.A single cabinet devoted to pantry storage won’t be enough for some homeowners, especially avid cooks. While you can fit larger appliances inside a cabinet pantry, they use a good chunk of the limited space. One way to get an excellent storage capacity with cabinet pantries is to insert more than one into your kitchen, but that will eat up more counter space.
Pro: Storage is more accessible.Having your pantry smack dab in the middle of your kitchen will cut down on the time you spend walking to and from your pantry. Placing it next to your refrigerator and across from your range will create hyper-efficient workstations.
Inside features can also increase your cabinet pantry’s accessibility. Pull-out drawers, for instance, allow you to see every snack and ingredient at once, which reduces the amount of time you’ll spend rummaging. They’re easy on your back too.
Con: They’re an added cabinet expense.If you’ve ever tackled a full kitchen renovation, you’re aware that cabinets aren’t cheap. Cabinet pantries cost significantly more than standard base or wall cabinets, primarily due to their height and any custom features they may include (such as pull-out drawers and spice racks).
Pro: They don’t take up a lot of space.Cabinet pantries are on the smaller side compared with walk-in pantries, which require a large footprint. Most measure 24 to 36 inches wide. They’re an efficient storage solution for small or medium-size kitchens, providing a little extra shelf and drawer space without giving up too much in return.
Con: They take up counter space.You’ll definitely lose some counter space, no matter how small your cabinet pantry may be. If you’re designating multiple cabinets as pantry storage, be prepared to give up a significant amount of prep space. Either way, it’s important to navigate the delicate balance of storage and counter space with due diligence. This loss is felt less in larger kitchens but can impact the way a smaller kitchen functions. Consider the size of your kitchen and the way you cook when deciding.
Top 6 Reasons Why White Cabinets Are A Nice Idea
If you’re considering investi...
If you’re considering investing in new cabinets, but are on the fence about choosing white, here are six reasons why white cabinets are a nice idea for a kitchen.
1. White Cabinets Can Make Your Kitchen Seem LargerIf you have a small kitchen the last thing you want to do is invest in dark coloured kitchen cabinets. Dark cabinets can make your space look and feel much smaller. By investing in white cabinets your kitchen will visually appear much larger.
2. Variety Of Wall Colour ChoicesWith white kitchen cabinets you’ll never have to worry about the question “will this match my cabinets?” You can easily decorate your kitchen around your white cabinets.
You can select any colour backsplash and never have to be concerned about it clashing with your cabinets. You’ll also have the ability to choose a signature wall colour. If you decide you want to repaint your kitchen in a few years, selecting another wall colour will not be an issue because any colour will work with your kitchen cabinets.
3. White Cabinets Never Go Out of StyleYep, that’s right. White kitchen cabinets are timeless. You’ll never have to fret if your cabinets will go out of style or date themselves based on the stain of the wood.
4. White Cabinets Work With All StylesNo matter what style of kitchen cabinetry you select, you won’t have to worry about style. White kitchen cabinets coordinate with all types of styles like traditional, modern, country, European and contemporary.
5. White Cabinets Make A StatementChoosing white cabinets over stained cabinets will help you make a statement and become more creative with the décor of your kitchen.
A great example of making a statement is selecting a kitchen island that’s a completely different colour, texture, and material. It creates a beautiful focal point in the room and it’s an easy fix if you get bored with it and want to update your kitchen.
If your kitchen isn’t large enough to house an island, you can get creative and make a statement with your kitchen backsplash. There are many things you can do with a backsplash with texture, pattern, material, and colour. You can truly feel free to release your inner designer, and know that whatever you decide to do in this area, it will all work well together.
6. Add Colour Inside Your CabinetryWhite kitchen cabinets will allow you to have a certain playful flexibility that stained kitchen cabinets will not. Choose kitchen cabinets that have glass front doors and let your cabinets be the focal point in your kitchen by painting the back of them.
Benefits of Laminate Countertops
Laminate Countertops have been a...
Laminate Countertops have been around since the 1950’s, and have undergone some dramatic changes since then. Also known as Formica or Laminex counter tops, they were recognised, at the time, as the revolutionary material for kitchen counters. Now, six decades later, and with immeasurable advances in technology, laminate countertops are available in a vast range of designs and finishes, to suit not only the kitchen, but also the bathroom and laundry.
Laminex countertops are extremely hard wearing and durable. Primarily, the material is made from a combination of kraft paper, melamine, resins and high quality print paper, where the image or surface finish is printed on to. These are all layered and fused together under heat and pressure to produce laminate. The finished product is available in a range of surface textures to suit every taste and decor; from glossy to satin, matt or textured.
The advantages of laminate countertops
Caring for products made of laminate
If your laminate countertops and cabinets are cared for correctly, they will continue to look great for many years.
Universal Doors can incorporate laminate countertops and laminate cabinet doors into your next kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovation. For more information on planning your renovation see