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Cabinet Refinishing: How Can I Prevent Scuffs and Imperfections on Cabinet Finishes?

The kitchen in any home is the hub of most daily interactions. Busy kids and spouses filter through for a quick breakfast in the morning, family members pass by for a light snack in the afternoon, and everyone crowds inside for a family dinner later in the evening. 

Whether it’s just your family laying witness to your kitchen or a whole host of dinner guests, it’s important that this particular room is one that you can be proud of. Certainly, pristine kitchen cabinets are a vital part of the equation to ensure that your kitchen is a place where people want to spend time. 

If you want to ensure that your kitchen cabinets stay in top shape without shelling out the money (and spending the time) for a full cabinet refinishing, be sure that you do everything you can to prevent scuffs and imperfections on your cabinets’ finishes. 

Here’s what you need to know about proper cabinet maintenance. 

Careful Cleaning

Obviously, it’s important to clean your cabinets. When left unattended, dust and grime can build up, eroding cabinet finishes and leaving them vulnerable to chips and scuffs.

Even so, it’s important how you clean your cabinets. Here are a few tips for careful cleaning of your cabinets to best maintain their finishes: 


It’s recommended that you avoid using any oil products on wood cabinets. This will actually result in more buildup of grease and grime, as the oil sits on top of the wood finish. 

For the most part, simple dish detergent and water with a soft cloth can be effective for cleaning wood cabinets. 


Glass cabinets are incredibly durable and can typically be treated like any other class surface. A little bit of glass cleaner and paper towels will get the job done efficiently. 


For laminate cabinets, you may want to be extra careful and make sure that you clean with a soft cloth and hot water/dish soap solution. You may also find that there are special kits to care for laminate cabinets. 

If you have cabinets that require special attention, be sure to use the appropriate tools for cleaning. 

Added Protection

In addition to cleaning properly, there are a few small things that you can do to protect your cabinet finishes from degradation. 

By installing small, simple foam pads on the corners of cabinets where the inside of the cabinet door meets the cabinet frame, you can help to prevent paint from chipping and corners from getting nicked. 

You can also convert your cabinet drawers to easy-close fixtures. This ensures that your cabinets won’t be slamming and that they won’t be suffering tons of damage from daily use. 

Intentional Finishing

If you want to maintain healthy cabinets, it’s important that they’re installed properly the first time. 

Hiring interior painting services like those at ELCO Painting can help you to be sure that your cabinets are being finished with high-quality materials that will stand the test of time. 

In many cases, when factory-grade or cheap cabinets are assembled, low-quality adhesives are used to keep paint on the doors and drawer fronts, which puts you at risk for damage and makes it easier for paint to chip off. 

At ELCO Painting, our experienced  carpenters only use the highest quality materials to ensure that your home painting projects are completed to the best of our abilities. You can rest assured that your cabinets will look just as good on day 100 as they did on day one. But don’t just take our word for it—give us a call!

Whether your next home renovation project is cabinet refinishing, an exterior home painting job, or a painting service cost estimate, ELCO Painting is the perfect choice for painting companies in RI and Southeastern Massachusetts. Let our experienced professionals meet your home’s unique needs and help bring your design dreams to life, while making the planet a little greener.  

Give us a call (401-295-2201) or contact us online today to see how ELCO Painting’s home painting services can make a difference for you.