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DESIGN TIPS:

Preliminary design:
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Renovation schedule:
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Before your begin your renovation:

-Decide what problems you want to solve and what features you would like to incorporate in your renovation.

-Determine the look you want: contemporary, traditional and eclectic.

-Find photos or magazine articles of kitchens you like.

-Decide what appliances you need and visit showrooms. If you are using existing appliances, make sure you take measurements for us.

-Meet with us either at your home or in our showroom. You may want us to visit your home so that they will have a better feel for your personal tastes.

Kitchen design:

- To properly design your kitchen the designer requires precise details of any planned changes that will affect your cabinet layout.

- Replacement or relocation of windows.

- Replacement or relocation of appliances.

- Specifications are required for all appliances including sizes, cut-out sizes for built-ins, required clearances for gas ranges and any other pertinent information.

- Relocation or changes to plumbing, heating or electrical.

- Type of floor covering (hardwood or ceramic tile may be up to an inch thick which could be significant to the design of the kitchen.



CABINET CARE:

Wood Cabinets :

As with all wood products, avoid excessive moisture on your wood cabinets. Simply wipe with a clean, damp cloth. Wipe dry immediately with a dry, soft cloth. We recommend that you use a 100% cotton cloth. This process may be done as often as needed. It is recommended that you complete a small area at a time so that any moisture from the damp cloth will not sit on wood for an extended period. For best results, wipe in the direction of the wood grain, rather than in a circular motion.

Please avoid using :

Products containing ammonia, bleach, wax or silicone. The use of these products may damage the finish on your wood cabinets.
Wood has a tendency to expand during humid seasons (spring & summer) and contract during dry, cold seasons (fall & winter). Ideal humidity levels are 40-50%, which should be maintained throughout the year.

Lacquer Cabinets:
Can be cleaned with a solution of warm water and a small amount of mild dish detergent. Simply wipe clean with a cloth dampened in the water/detergent solution and dry immediately with a soft cloth to avoid streaking. You should avoid cleaning with products containing bleach, ammonia or silicone. Though this finish is very durable, repeated use of harsh chemicals may damage your lacquer finish.

Melamine Cabinets:
Can be cleaned with a solution of warm water and a small amount of mild dish detergent. Simply wipe clean and dry immediately with a soft cloth to avoid streaking. Melamine may be damaged by excessive water that may seep into seams, so pleas ensure your cabinets are wiped with a dry cloth after washing. Please avoid using cleaners containing ammonia, silicone, or bleach.

Everyday Cleaning:
Liquid spills should be cleaned up as they occur. Areas around your sink and dishwasher may need to be cleaned more often. Never hang a wet dishcloth or dishtowel over your wood cabinet door. Eventually the moisture can cause permanent damage to your door.
Cabinet interiors may be cleaned with warm water and a very small amount of mild dish detergent solution. We recommend that you dry with a soft cloth immediately after washing. Due to the nature of melamine, excessive water left behind may seep into seams and damage this material.

Self-cleaning appliances create a great deal of heat during the cleaning process. Since there is a chance that some of this may escape through seals or gaskets, we recommend you either pull your oven out approximately eight inches, or remove doors and drawers that are directly beside the appliance while the self-cleaning feature is in use.

Cleaning the Hardware on your Cabinets:
 Wash your hard ware with a solution of warm water and a small amount of mild dish detergent. Dry your hardware and areas around the cleaned area immediately after. Hinges can be cleaned with a dry cloth or cotton-tipped swab. Brass and silver cleaners are not recommended for cleaning your handles. Some of these solutions may contain harsh chemicals that can damage the finish on your handles.

 

Custom :     Kitchens /Bathrooms / Entertainment Units  / Build In Closets / Media room ... more
Custom Manufacturing :     Cabinets / MDF Doors
Pulsar Design Inc.     440 Brimley Road, Unit #3       Scarborough,   ON CANADA   (M1J 1A1 )
E-Mail :
     Lillian@Pulsar-Design.com        Tel :     416-288-6092