Superior Stone is Phoenix’s premier supplier and installer of kitchen and bathroom cabinets. We have a wide variety of cabinet styles, colors, and variations available, and we offer professional installation throughout the Valley. Get started on your remodeling project by calling us for a free in-home estimate, or by stopping by our centrally located showroom here in the Valley.

Caring for Your New Cabinets

Since you know your cabinets are designed to fit into specific public areas and are built like fine furniture, we would like to share with you some of the things you can expect from your cabinets.

1.) Cabinet finishes (stain colors, clear coatings, glazing, and distressing) will vary from samples you may have seen on displays or in the Showroom. This is due to the inherent nature of hand-crafted wood and finely-applied finishes.  As you know, different woods and door styles will show stains differently and no two pieces of your hand made cabinets are alike, so expect your cabinets to reflect your unique taste in your one-of-a-kind home.

2.)  Care for your cabinets, and they will reward you with many years of beautiful service.  Just as you wouldn’t leave a glass of water on an unprotected wood surface like an end table, be mindful that standing water, household chemicals, or personal care products that fall onto your cabinets could damage the finish permanently. For an enduring finish, wipe up any residue immediately.

3.)  Children and fine furniture can coexist, but only when careful attention is paid to the appearance of your new cabinets.  Since the surface coating applied to the wood is designed to provide a pleasing appearance that compliments your home, it is not the ideal showcase for your youngsters’ creative talents. Crayons, markers, and other writing tools can permanently mar the finish.

4.)  Acrylic finger nails or nail extensions can cause damage if not careful.  Since the acrylic material is harder sometimes then the hardened finish of your cabinets, care must be taken when opening the drawers and doors with finger pulls only.  Some suggest the use of knobs and pulls to minimize the damage that they might cause.

5.)  Your cabinets must be climate controlled.  Your cabinets are designed to have a certain amount of moisture in them.  Usually, just living in your home will keep the cabinets at the desired temperature, and the moisture from washing dishes, showers, and running the washing machine puts enough moisture in the air to prevent damage.  But, if you are going to leave your house unoccupied for a long period of time, it is a good idea to keep your thermostat at 80 degrees or below, and set a few buckets of water throughout the house.  It is also a good idea to close curtains, to keep direct sunlight off the cabinets.

It is also a good idea not to clean your cabinets with any oil polishes like Pledge or Old English. Wood furniture is treated a little different the most cabinets during the finishing process and the cabinets will not absorb the oil like other furniture. So I recommend using a damp cloth for wiping down your cabinets and dusting them. If you have oil splatter from cooking use a small amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap mixed in with lots of water. Always try this in a hidden area first to check reaction to the finish.

Measuring for Granite and Cabinets

If you decide to measure your kitchen or bathroom for new cabinets or granite here are some tips to help you out.

Cabinets

Always draw your room from a top view to get an accurate view of the room. Make sure to measure all walls from one end to another. Write down measurements as close as possible at least to the 1/2″. In the drawing be sure to indicate locations of your appliances and sink. Also measure these locations to ensure they are put in the correct spot in the new design. If you are keeping your existing appliances measure their height, depth and width. If you are getting new appliances then bring model numbers or specifications. Don’t forget to measure all window and door locations. This includes the width of windows and distances from both sides to the walls. It is also a good idea to measure the height of the window from the floor as well. Finally always measure your ceiling height from the floor to ensure the uppers and crown you select will work. If you have all of this information when you show up at the cabinet shop it will go much smoother for you.

Granite

Measuring for granite is not as hard as measuring for cabinets but still requires accurate measuring. When you measure granite always do a top view drawing as well. Measure all areas that you are wanting the granite to go. Mark all areas on the layout that require a bull nose end by using a “O” symbol on the line. Draw a parallel line along the back edge of all the areas that you would like a back splash. If you are thinking of doing a full back splash then you must measure the distance between the counter top and the bottom of the upper cabinets. It is also important to look at your overhangs if you have a sitting area. When using most granite tops 10″ is the maximum overhang you can have without having additional top support. If you have a wall behind your island or peninsula be sure to measure the thickness of the wall. If you have any questions call your granite company for instructions. When in doubt measure it.