FAQ > Caring for your New Kitchen
Your new kitchen has been handmade using traditional cabinet making methods and using the highest-grade materials available,
and whilst your new kitchen is very robust and durable we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some basic guidelines for the care of your beautiful new kitchen.
We strongly recommend that you do not store or fit your kitchen in an unfinished, unheated room. These are wooden cabinets and ideally need to acclimatise to the space before they are fitted. It is natural for a newly fitted kitchen to have some movement in the wood as it acclimatises to the environment that it is now in. This is natural – dont worry.
You may notice some hairline cracks around the joints forming as the wood moves or even a crack along a rail of a door – this is where the wood is acclimatising to the environment and settling. If this happens all you need to do is let it settle completely (Usually a few weeks) and then use a fine wood filler to fill the crack and then sand and repaint. It wont harm the integrity of the door at all.
Wood will soak up moisture and release moisture depending on the humidity of the room, this causes the wood to expand and contract, if the cabinets are screwed together and they expand or contract then this can cause splitting or joint problems.
Likewise we would NEVER advise fitting a wooden kitchen in a freshly plastered room that isnt fully dry. For the same reasons above.
If you are getting your kitchen delivered Raw or Primed this is even more important as the wood isnt sealed until it is fully finished and will soak up more moisture.
Temperature and Humidity
It is important that the room temperature should never be allowed to wildly fluctuate between hot and cold. We advise the ambient temperature of the room be maintained between 18 and 20ºc if possible.
This ensures the furniture will not be subject to any extreme levels of moisture. This is really important and the primary material in your kitchen is wood and will soak up moisture in the environment and let out moisture as the humidity levels change.
This is of particular importance in new-build houses and where under-floor heating is in use. Under-floor heating should not be turned on and off suddenly, nor should the temperatures be raised or lowered quickly or to a very high temperature as this can result in dimensional changes to the timber which can cause shrinkage and cracking, this happens regularly and causes a lot of damage to kitchens, which ultimately you are responsible for if you have done this.
Underfloor heating should NEVER be installed underneath any wooden cabinet as it will dry out the wood and cause ongoing problems.
Your heating installer should be able to advise you accordingly on how to run your system correctly and efficiently.
If you are not ready to install your kitchen straight after delivery – you should avoid storing it in damp or outside rooms.
If we painted the kitchen for you we have used a special paint designed for use in a kitchen that has a chemical hardener in it.
However it is paint and as such can be scratched or chipped.
We do supply a small touch up kit with every kitchen we paint and the instructions supplied with this should be followed at all times.
For cleaning we recommend a NON abrasive damp cloth
Oiling and caring for your kitchen –
If you have chosen our fully painted and Lacquered option or the pre Primed and Lacquered, this will not aply to you
If however you have chosen to oil the interiors of your kitchen, you will have to choose a “non colour stained” oil – otherwise any wood filler used will soak up the colour more and be a different colour to the main wood.
You will need to apply several thin coats, making sure they dry well between coats (Following the oil Manufacturers instructions), it is also advisable to rub them down between coats with a wire wool, as this will get rid of any nibs, and give you a smoother nicer finish.
This should be repeated as and when needed, depending on the environment the cabiets are in, typically every 6 – 12 months.
If you have a particularly dry or underfloor heated room, this may need to be more frequent as the wood and oil drys and evaporate very quickly.
With any kicthen you buy (Not just a handmade kitchen) the manufacturer will always recommend that you do not open the dishwasher door as soon as teh cycle has finished, you should let the dishwasher cool beforehand – otherwise steam will pour out and steam does not go well with any kitchen, it will penentrate almost any material.
Soft Close hinges –
The nature of soft close hinges means they have a lot of adjustment – this enables them to be adjusted so the door sits squarely in the frame.
Because of this amount of adjustment it is inevitable that over time doors will slowly drop (especially if you have a heavy spice rack on it)
They can be easily adjusted back up with a slight turn of teh adjustment screw on them.
Soft close drawer runners –
As with soft close hinges, drawer runners have adjustment, but again as you open and close the drawers they can slowly drop (especially if heavily laden)
Underneath the drawers you will find rollers to adjust the drawer front back up – see the instruction pack you received when the kitchen was delivered on how to do this.