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Cabinets and Humidity

When humidity conditions are high, which they can be here in Omaha, wood will absorb moisture and swell or expand. To avoid problems, it is recommended that relative humidity be maintained within a range of 35%-50%. Expansion and contraction of the kitchen and bath cabinetry often results from improper humidity levels during site storage, installation, or use. All solid wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when it is exposed to air it will release or pick up moisture until it is in equilibrium with the humidity and temperature climate. As humidity levels increase, wood products will expand due to moisture in the air. In a dry climate home with no humidifier, wood will shrink and expose gaps at the joints. Wood can expand and contract depending on the moisture content, but it does not always move equally or in the same direction. Larger cabinet doors are more prone to warping and center panels may also be affected by shrinkage. Although some cabinets have finishes on them, they will still take in moisture through contact with liquid or absorption through the air. This movement may cause hairline fractures in cabinets or drawers where the wood is joined.

Examples of humidity imbalance include swollen cabinet doors or drawer fronts, butt doors which no longer close properly, door or drawer front panel expansion or contraction, joint separation especially in mitered doors and bowing of rails and stiles. Some hardwoods, such as cherry and maple, are more sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Raw or unfinished wood can also show effects of humidity. Small lines in the finish may appear at joinery points if cabinetry is in unstable humidity conditions.

               The best way to balance humidity in your home is to make sure that you are consistently running air conditioning, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers if needed to help maintain proper levels of moisture; 35%-50%. During storage of your cabinets, keep them in a room temperature space with temperatures anywhere between 60 and 90 degrees. Before installing your new cabinets, bring them into the space they are going to be installed so the cabinets have time to acclimate to the temperature and environment. Check with manufacturer to ensure that you are keeping your cabinets at the proper level of humidity for their specific cabinets.

Cabinet Care

It is recommended that you clean the interior and exterior of your kitchen or bath cabinets once a month with a clean cloth and dry immediately with a cloth. Any spills need to be wiped up as they occur, they could soak in and leave permanent damage or discoloration to your cabinet’s finish. It is advisable to dust or vacuum panel ledges, use caution around the edge profiles and use vacuum attachments that are soft.

Paper towels are often not recommended because of their abrasiveness. The best option for wiping kitchen cabinets is a clean, soft cloth. Avoid using your dishcloth to clean or dry cabinets because they could have remnants of grease or harsh detergents. Always dry the interior and exterior of your cabinets with a clean cloth using light pressure. A common cause for damage to cabinetry is over scrubbing during maintenance which can raise the gloss and destroy the original finish.

Avoid using harsh detergents, strong soaps or any cleaners that have abrasive additives, bleach, or ammonia in them. If food or grease gets on your cabinets dampen a clean cloth with a mild soap and water mixture. Following the cleaning, rinse and wipe any existing moisture off the front and back doors of the cabinets. Liquid waxes and self-polishing waxes contain cleaners or silicone and can cause deterioration on the cabinets finish.  Furniture polish can be used if waxing is preferred. Make sure to wipe off any extra polish to avoid buildup.

Laminate Countertops and Our Shop

Being one of the few kitchen dealers in Omaha with an in house shop, we’re able to bring you laminate countertops at a great price. Marissa is our shop tech and she takes great pride in her craftsmanship. Laminate countertops could be the addition to your Omaha home that brings everything together. Formica and Wilsonart now offer more patterns for your countertops that are more realistic than ever. Wilsonart offers Wilsonart HD with etchings that mimic natural stone to bring you convincing look at a low price. Furthermore a variety of edge profiles give you more of an opportunity to personalize your kitchen or bathroom. Having an in house shop we’re able to get you your laminate countertops in approximately a week, depending on the intensity of the project. Come on in to Cabinet Factory Outlet, Plus for a quote to make some life changing improvements to your Omaha home.

 

 

Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

Often called “European style”, frameless cabinets have been becoming more popular in the US as of late. Typically the US market has praised kitchen cabinets with a face frame, but trends are bringing frameless into the lime light. Frameless cabinets are sometimes referred to as “full access” cabinets due to the fact that they offer up to 20% more storage space.

So how do they get away with this? Well frameless cabinets are built out of higher-grade case material. This keeps the cabinet strong while ditching the solid frame. Therefore, frameless kitchen cabinets are slightly more environmentally friendly as they use less resources. Although frameless cabinets tend to be the way to go for more modern looking kitchens they can also be used for more traditional kitchens while keeping that extra storage. Come down and talk to one of designers about making the switch to frameless cabinets!

Koch Cabinets Just Keep Getting Better!

Since starting in 1999 Koch and Co continue making improvements to their kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Keeping up with the times is important to the company. Here’s some of the things they’ve been doing to stay on trend. The finish is now applied flat lined. This results in a thicker, more durable application that’ll outlast the competitions. Since the cabinets are made in their factory making changes to keep up with current door style trends is easy to do versus those who outsource. Koch has been able to simplify cabinet construction while keeping it stronger with a ½” back, making it more durable than competitors at similar price levels. Getting rid of the middle style on wall cabinets has not only added more space and accessibility, but looks much cleaner. As far as hardware goes Koch now offers plenty of premium upgrades. Self-closing drawer guides, under mount drawer guides, concealed hinges, and soft closing hinges just to name a few.

We’re proud carry such an innovative cabinet line!

Benefits to Downsizing your Kitchen

When remodeling a few people are opting for a smaller space rather than typically expanding it. Downsizing has quite a few benefits. Opting for a smaller kitchen can promote a more intimate family experience, this can be said for all rooms in the house.  Another benefit of downsizing is kitchen organization. With less space to fill more of your budget could go into the cabinet organization. Here at Cabinet Factory Outlet we have plenty of options for your kitchen cabinets to become more functional. With companies like Rev-A-Shelf we can certainly deck out your kitchen cabinets with all of the bells and whistles to make your cabinets organized. Along those lines, another benefit of downsizing is the ability to buy higher quality kitchen cabinets you may not have been able to afford with a bigger space. Here at Cabinet Factory Outlet we have price ranges that are sure to fit your budget. Also, with less ground to cover opting for granite or quartz countertops over laminate could become a reality that might not have been before with a bigger layout.  

Dovetail Drawers for Durability and Longevity

One of the most heavily used rooms in a home is the kitchen. It’s a place of fellowship and of preparation. Aesthetics and function are all important for a kitchen’s versatility. From countertops and cabinet style to storage function – our kitchen designers at Cabinet Factory Outlet Plus in Omaha can design a beautiful and functional space to fit your needs.

With the extensive use a kitchen endures, quality, and longevity should be a priority when selecting kitchen cabinets. We are selective about the manufacturers we carry, and ensure the utmost quality in our product. But, beyond that, our Omaha kitchen designers can suggest specific styles and qualities that will resist wear and tear.

A kitchen drawer is opened thousands of times each year. To withstand the wear and tear of constant use, we recommend a dovetail joint: considered to be among the strongest joints used in kitchen cabinetry construction. These drawers have ‘locking joints’, constructed from wedge-shaped channels cut into the wood that interlock with one another from either side of the drawer, creating a box. They offer a stronger drawer, with a larger holding capacity.

An experienced kitchen designer at Cabinet Factory Outlet Plus can help pick a kitchen cabinet style that works for both aesthetics, function and durability. Visit our Omaha showroom to see our quality kitchen cabinets for yourself. 

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Bertch Cabinets for Beautiful, Quality Cabinets

Among the long list of quality manufacturers offered at Cabinet Factory Outlet Plus is Bertch. With a history of quality and excellence, Bertch is a bathroom cabinet manufacturer we are proud to carry.

Located right here in the Midwest, Bertch has been perfecting the art of bertch bathroom logokitchen cabinet and bathroom cabinet making for 35 years. This family-owned and operated business makes all its products to reflect a commitment to reforestation, recycling and a general respect for the environment.

From traditional to contemporary, brass to stainless steel, large to small vanities, Bertch provides any style or accessory for a customized dream bathroom. Our Omaha designers can provide options that will match your needs and budget, adding many specialized vanity features for comfort and ease of use.

Our Omaha designers are proud to recommend Bertch as a premier kitchen bathroom vanity and hardware manufacturer. Visit our Omaha showroom and see these quality products for yourself, and start planning your dream bathroom remodel!

Kitchen Sinks

When designing your new kitchen it’s often easy for smaller details like sinks to be over looked. Kitchen sinks are an important part of the functionality of your space and finding one that suits your needs could make or break the success of your project.

The first step to picking your kitchen sink is figuring out what kind of countertops you want. When going with laminate countertops you could go the most common route with a simple drop in sink. Here at Cabinet Factory we have single and double bowl options with varying sizes. These come with different options like quieter sinks or opting for other materials like quartz. The other option for laminate countertops is a Karran sink. A Karran sink is the only undermount sink option for laminate and offers a seamless edge that is both aesthetically pleasing and useful when cleaning. Karrans are also available in stainless steel, acrylic, and quartz in different colors.

When opting for a stone countertop the selection for sinks gets a bit wider. Currently farm sinks are all the rage and add timeless charm to your space. Drop in sinks are still an option for stone tops but tend to be less common as under mounts are again more aesthetically pleasing and functionally make sense. Under mounts in stone tops come with more options than laminate tops. A variety of shapes, sizes, depths, and materials can all play to your advantage and we’re sure we can help find you the one to suit your Omaha home.