Damage of kitchen cabinets is a basic problem we all face. It happens when there is water system installed. Water can wreak on the cabinets outer shell. Moreover the damage will not only destroy the exterior finishing but also can cause structural damage to cabinet.
This will definitely decrease the credibility and durability of the cabinet. So if the cabinet got wet when the water line burst or if it discolored by a sort of humidity. But you can keep the damage level at minimal as long as you dry out the cabinets. So it is very important to know how to repair water damage cabinets to keep them useful and functioning because if you heir some professional it may charge a lot of money. So in order to save money we pile up an easy guide, lets follow the following steps. Keep it mind you would not have to miss any of them.
Steps to Repair Water Damaged Kitchen Cabinets:
1. Once you have notice the damage, repair it as soon as possible otherwise the cabinets will be unsalvageable and you may need to go through costly replacement. Resolving the water damage under kitchen cabinet takes a good observation first before starting the procedure. So first of all clean the cabinet and check what you have have there. Put them outside.
2. Now take a complete look and determine what is the cause of the damage. If the cause is water leakage, start by shutting off the valves of water supply.
3. So after taking care of the source of the damage. Get rid of standing water and pat it dry so you can repair most of the structural damage and it would make your work more comfortable.
4. Now gather all the necessary tools: screw, clamp, glue etc. now. If you have delaminated cabinet. Use C-clamps to clamp the sheets together in a place by using the delamination layer of glue.
5. If you have particleboard cabinets, the fix is little bit different. Find the separating bracing if you can have to replace with the old one. Spread the carpenter glue to spread it over the damage and screw to repair them. Eventually, it will help to restore stability.
6. If the braces are too much damaged, try to replace it with a new one rather than repairing it.
7. If this has been going for a while, the woods/particles may get stained or get darkened. You will notice the black spots on the board. To get rid of them use oxalic acid. Add some water into oxalic acid to make a saturated solution and apply it on the blackened areas or stains using any brush. One you applied the solution examine the difference after drying it out. If not, brush more strokes.
8. Now for neutralizing the acid make a solution of baking soda and water. And apply the solution on stroked areas. Always use clear water to wash the woods to give it optimal durability. Once dried it’s ready for refinishing.