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How to Protect Your Cabinets From Humidification

Real wood cabinets will experience swelling and shrinking in harsh conditions, just like any other type of wood. Cabinet components are typically manufactured with a relative humidity target of 40-50%, which is a good range because even in non-humidified homes, humidity levels typically stay between 20-70% during normal years when cooking and washing take place.

Steps You Can Take:

  1. It’s important to monitor the humidity levels in your home to prevent any adverse effects on the environment and your belongings. One way to do this is to invest in a digital thermometer-hygrometer unit to measure humidity accurately.
  2. It’s crucial to control humidity levels to prevent any damage caused by extreme moisture or dryness. Ideally, you want humidity levels above 20% when the temperature falls below 20 degrees. If the temperature is higher than 20 degrees, then you want a humidity level of at least 35%.
  3. There are several ways to control humidity levels in your home, such as using a humidifier to humidify the whole house or a portable humidifier in specific rooms. You can also place pans of water at strategic locations. However, it’s essential not to go overboard. If you notice significant condensation on your home’s windows, this is a sign that your humidity levels are too high compared to outdoor temperatures.
  4. It’s worth noting that any changes in the environment can affect the wood in your home, and it may take several days or weeks to return to its normal state. Keep an eye on the humidity levels and take appropriate measures to control them to avoid any adverse effects.

This article was written by Jordan Legault, Jordan is the owner of The French Refinery. Founded in 2015, The French Refinery quickly built a name and reputation for high-end cabinetry with quality craftsmanship and attention to fine detail. We strive every day to provide the utmost in customer service because our customers deserve the best we can provide. We have built a hand-picked team of talented craftsmen with over 100 years of combined experience. Building custom cabinets in Tampa is our craft, we love what we do, and we make it show through in the work we provide daily.

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