Are White Kitchen Cabinets Hard to Keep Clean?

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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White kitchen cabinets are wildly popular right now, and for a few undeniably awesome reasons.

They’re clean, bright, versatile, make your space feel bigger, and are timeless too. So, while they’re in style now, you can be confident that they’ll still be in style ten years down the road. This kind of functional neutrality makes them marketable, an important detail if you’re selling your home anytime soon.

Are there any drawbacks?

The one concern we hear over and over and over again is that the white will be tough to keep clean, or that necessary scrubbing will wear the finish.

Is it true?

The Truth About White Kitchen Cabinets

Yes, they do show spots, splatters, and smudges. But in one sense, isn’t that a good thing? If your bubbling cauldron of famous marinara sauce splashes a little, you likely want to know where it landed for the sake of easy cleaning. If you don’t, you might want red cabinets...

White is an unforgiving color, but it’s not more dirty than any other. It just shows it, which makes for simpler cleaning.

This leads us to an essential next point.

Choose the Right Finish for Your White Kitchen Cabinets

If you hear a horror story about painted kitchen cabinets failing quickly, ask the person sharing the anecdote if they painted them themselves. More often than not, it’s a DIY adventure gone wrong. Blame home improvement shows, Youtube, or any other source you might like, but it’s true that painting cabinetry is often portrayed as a simple weekend job. Pick up a few cans of paint and masking tape, and you’re three hours away from an epic finish.

In reality, painting kitchen cabinets is best left to a professional painter who has the right tools, experience, and product knowledge to ensure that your finish is just as durable as it is beautiful.

Priming, painting, glazing, and applying clear coat are all important steps that can’t be hopped over.

Some painting companies even offer the benefit of an in-house spray shop. This means that they can paint many components in your home, and take the rest back to their shop for a controlled climate and exceptional finish. And, it keeps the process off-site which is always nice!

If you want a really professional aesthetic, your paint also needs to be sprayed rather than brushed. This takes skill, training, unique tools, and an experienced hand or else you could be left with a very uneven finish.

Are Painted Kitchen Cabinets Durable?

In short, they certainly can be. It’s just absolutely essential that the right steps are taken and the right product is selected. That’s the true difference between a project that looks okay for a few months, and one that is an enduring, beautiful asset to your home and daily life.

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