- Project Review
- Design Process
- Design Review
- The Contract
- Schedule Production
- Care & Cleaning
- Each project starts with an initial call or email.
- During this conversation, we review the webform and requirements together.
- Before we move into a more in-depth consultation we want to be sure that our services are a fit for your specific needs.
- Once an estimate is approved, a design fee is invoiced and we begin the Design Process.
- Once we are ready to proceed, a Designer will sit down with you in your home to discuss what currently works and what doesn’t in your space. We will also take all measurements needed to design your project.
- We will talk about your desired features, design and style.
- We will go through your specific must haves, ensuring you are satisfied with the final product.
- Rather than focusing too heavily on current trends, we put our attention on longevity and your personal style, ensuring your new cabinetry is a direct reflection of your personality in connection to the rest of your home.
- Once we compile all of the information from you and your space, you come to our showroom to review a video 3D rendering of the proposed design.
- Real-time changes can be made on screen, helping you see your entire vision come to life.
- You’ll receive a quote and a full set of drawings to take home.
- Once the final design drawings are decided upon, a formal contract will be drafted for you to sign.
- Final plan drawings including dimensions will be left with you.
- Remember, all of our cabinetry comes with a written 10 year warranty.
- Your project will now be scheduled into production based on the installation date we have agreed upon.
- Our dedicated team of professional craftspeople will get to work creating your custom cabinetry in our manufacturing shop.
- We take delivery times very seriously. Committing to the arranged timeline, we plan and track every step of the project, from start to finish, ensuring your new cabinetry will arrive on schedule.
- Approximately 6-8 weeks from the signing of your contract, your cabinetry will be ready to install.
- Cabinet Effects custom cabinetry is always installed by professional installers, ensuring every detail is perfectly finished to our quality standards.
- Countertops, hardware, and final finishes will complete the project leaving you with your beautiful new cabinetry to enjoy for years to come.
Care & Cleaning
The high-quality surfaces of our cabinets are extremely easy to look after. Nevertheless, in order to maintain the value and service life it is important for you to clean the surfaces regularly and properly.
Our coating systems can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to fully cure (in optimal conditions) from the date that the coatings were applied. While the cabinets are dry to the touch and very much usable from the time an installation has been completed, the finish is still not as strong as it will eventually become. In these first 6 to 8 weeks it is extremely important that no water or moisture (damp rag, spills, etc..) are left standing on the finished surfaces for any period of time whatsoever, or water/stain spots will form and may not be possible to remove.
Laminate/melamine/foil-wrapped fronts and cabinet boxes can be cleaned using a damp rag or household and commercially available cleaning agents, dried immediately afterwards by a soft towel. Never use abrasive cleaners. Depending on the degree of soiling, dilute the cleaning agent with a small amount of water and apply with a soft clean cloth. Afterwards, remove any cleaning agent residue with clear water and a Leather Chamois or paper towel before wiping the surface dry.
Stubborn marks, such as paint/glue residue or grease splashes, can be easily removed using household detergents and commercially available plastic cleaner fluid. Nevertheless, it is advisable to test these beforehand on an inconspicuous area.
Vinegar-based cleaners as well as nitro- based cleaners and abrasive cleaning agents are not suitable for cleaning these surfaces.
All that is required for cleaning these surfaces is a soft cloth and warm water and a little liquid detergent or glass cleaner. It is important to wipe the surfaces dry afterwards using a soft cloth.
Any marks, especially those caused by intensely coloured substances and fluids, should be removed immediately, using a non-abrasive cleaning agent and plenty of water. The same applies to grease marks and fat splashes. Afterwards, remove any soap residue by washing down the surface with lukewarm water and rubbing the surface dry with a leather chamois. Do not allow marks to dry on. Marks that have been allowed to dry on or substances that have penetrated the surfaces over a longer period of time can lead to permanent staining.
One of the characteristic features of lacquered surfaces is that they are extremely easy to clean. This is because the surface is closed and, unlike many other surfaces, dirt can be removed without the need to apply great pressure or use chemical substances.
Make sure that the cleaning materials used, e.g. cloths (but not micro-fibre cloths), sponge, etc., are absorbent and clean. Any soiling should always be removed as quickly as possible using water, and stains of any kind should never be allowed to dry on. Dirt marks, such as fat deposits or grease splashes, can be dissolved with a luke- warm soft soap solution. In order to avoid streaks, always ensure that any traces of detergent are completely removed. Never revert to using waxes, polishes, bleaching agents or furniture cleaners. Any mineral decontamination caused by sand, sugar or dust particles, can scratch the surface, so it is advised to remove all minerals before cleaning.
You should also refrain from applying any self-adhesive films or stickers, as these contain solvents and plasticizers that can attack and ultimately damage the surfaces.
Where fronts with an integral routed finger-grip/strip handle are involved, care should be taken that finger-nails, and jewellery do not scratch the surfaces when doors, flaps and pull-outs are opened and closed. Liquids that have run down the front, condensed moisture or residual moisture from cleaning can collect in the routed finger-grip/strip handle as well so any moisture should be removed immediately, as it could otherwise lead to swelling.
The surfaces of the interior fittings can be cleaned with a damp commercially available household cleaning agent. Do not use any abrasive cleaners.
Depending on the degree of soiling, dilute the cleaning agent with a small amount of water and apply with a soft cloth. Afterwards, remove any cleaning agent residue with clear water and quickly wipe the surfaces of the interior fittings dry.
For the cleaning of kitchen furniture handles refrain from using any cleaning agents containing solvents or aluminium-damaging substances, like vinegar-based cleaning agents as well as those containing steel as these chemicals can induce irremovable stains.
Our soft closing hinges and drawer glides from BLUM are maintenance free, and require no lubrication or service for their lifetime. In the event one of your doors or drawers becomes mis-aligned for any reason there are provisions for adjustments, in most cases with a Phillips screwdriver. Please see the BLUM website for details, or contact us at any time.
Do not allow heat and steam from small electrical appliances, such as microwaves, coffee makers, kettles or egg boilers, to directly affect cabinetry parts, since steam can cause our materials to swell.
Whenever cooking, always use the fan and then continue running for at least 15 minutes after cooking. Only in this way can the steam dissipate and a normal room climate be achieved. You should also avoid leaving the oven/ dishwasher door partially open immediately after use.
At the end of the wash cycle the steam condenses and runs down the dish- washer’s inner walls. You can safely remove the clean dishes approximately 30 minutes later, which allows the steam to dissipate and will not impact the surrounding cabinetry.
Modern cabinetry materials are generally resistant to most forms of wear and tear, however, as with any material there are tolerance limits.
To ensure that your new cabinetry gives you satisfaction for many years to come, please ensure the area stays warm and dry, maintaining an optimal room temperature of 21 to 23 degrees Celsius, and a consistent relative humidity level of 40-50%. Any variations outside of these parameters can accelerate expansion and contraction in solid wood seams and cause greater stresses and cracks on finished surfaces, and in some cases split and open joinery.
Damage caused by exposure to extreme elements of heat/cold and humidity will not be covered by the warranty.
Electrical work and plumbing should only be performed by professional contractors.
Not every material used in the kitchen is listed here. It is therefore important for you to always observe the “Product and Care Information” provided by the respective manufacturer in order to ensure that your cabinetry does not sustain damage as a result of improper use and care.
We are also here to assist you with any questions you may have, so if you have any specific questions on the care and maintenance of any of our products please feel free to reach out through a phone call or email.
All Cabinet Effects Inc. products are guaranteed to be free of defects in materials and manufacturing and are covered under our limited 10 year warranty from the date of installation, and will be fulfilled at the full discretion of Cabinet Effects Inc.
Our Green Business Certified, Catalytic Drying System in our workshop features innovative, adaptable and eco-responsible flameless heaters. These are the perfect solution for all applications requiring high performance drying and curing. They also ensure all off-gassing is captured before leaving our manufacturing shop and entering our customers home.
All of our cabinetry and custom woodworking coatings are water-based and environmentally friendly. We use sustainable and renewable raw materials in our paint, which are formaldehyde free, ultra-low in VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) with no isocyanate.
We can also use plywoods for cabinet boxes that have ‘No Added Urea Formaldehyde’ (NAUF). The other materials we use to build boxes are considered CARB-2 Compliant and promise a safer level of chemicals in the bonding process.