How to Remove your Kitchen Cupboards to put into your Skip Properly
Home renovation is a common reason for hiring a skip. If you are refitting your kitchen, then you will need to dispose of the old kitchen fittings. These are usually bulky, and even if broken down make a lot of waste. Therefore, it is often more convenient to hire a skip to put your kitchen furnishings into.
Preparing to Remove Your Kitchen Cupboards
Getting ready to remove your kitchen fittings requires preparation of the workspace. First, clear out the kitchen. Put the contents of the cupboards in another room. This will also prevent contamination of any food items. It is then essential to turn off the electricity, gas, and water supply to the kitchen. Turn off all appliances and make sure that nobody in the property tries to use the power or water. If you are going to be disposing of the kitchen as you work, then book a skip for arrival in time to start. Protect your kitchen floor with drop cloths and make sure that you wear protective gear like gloves and goggles where necessary. Make sure that you have all the necessary tools such as screwdrivers and extractor drills in order to remove the fittings. Lastly, having people help can make a big difference.
Removing Appliances and Sinks
If you need to get rid of the sink, this will mean disconnecting it from the pipes. Appliances will also need to be disconnected from power points to be removed. For safety reasons, it is best to not try to do this by yourself unless you are a qualified plumber or electrician. You should hire a professional to handle this part of the process for you, if not the entire kitchen dismantling and removal process.
Removing Kitchen Worktops
Once you are ready to remove the kitchen cabinets, you must first remove any worktop surfaces from on top of the base units. Worktops can be much heavier than they look, so make sure that you are able to lift them and move them. Undo the joint fittings that hold the worktop in place to release the slab. You might need a pry bar to help you lift it. If you have splashback tiles, then you might also need to remove these to free the back edge of the worktop. Avoid breaking them into pieces as this could result in sharp edges that can easily cause damage. Pry them off carefully and dispose of them.
Removing Doors and Drawers
Your kitchen cupboards should already be empty, but you will also need to remove empty drawers. You should be able to lift drawers off the runners to pull them out. There might be clips to detach before you can take the drawers out. After the drawers, take off the doors from all of your kitchen cabinets. If they do not have a release clip, then you will need to unscrew the hinges. Getting rid of the drawers and doors will make the cabinets easier to move because they won’t be sliding out or opening and closing. You can put them straight in a skip or keep them to reconstruct the cupboards. Remove any interior shelves inside the units as well and put them aside with the drawers and doors.
Removing Base Units
Start by removing the kitchen cupboard units on the floor. It is easier to do it this way because then you will have more working space when manoeuvring to remove the upper cabinets. Remove all the fixings to allow removal of the units with minimal damage to the wall and floor. Dismantle cabinets one side at a time for ease of removal. If there is a plinth, then you may need to remove this from the base before you can remove the cabinet floors. You can stack the flat pieces up to save space.
Removing Wall Units
When removing upper cabinets, you will need at least one extra pair of hands. Get a person to help by holding the pieces as you unscrew them so that they do not fall and cause damage. You can lift them down safely and stack them with the other cabinet pieces. They can be heavier than they look, especially when lifting them from a height, so lower them carefully to the ground. Be careful when you remove screws and anchor points that are fastening the cupboards to each other or to the wall.
Removing Kitchen Tiles
If you are removing trimmings, tiles, or splashbacks, try to use the flat edge of a screwdriver to prise them up. You may end up having to smash tiles with a hammer to get them off, so you should wear protection against sharp splinters and shards of tile. Gather all the pieces up in a thick refuse bag so that any sharp edges will not puncture through it and cause damage by scratching things or people.
It is a good idea to keep a small bag or box handy for collecting the fastenings from the cupboards. You can put all the loose screws and hinges together for convenience if you want to keep them for future use. It will also help if you are putting them in a skip with the rest of the kitchen fittings if you keep materials of the same type together, so you can keep the metal or plastic fastenings together.
Disposing of Kitchen Cupboards
Finally, once your kitchen cupboards are completely dismantled, you will need to get rid of them. There are services available for reusing old kitchen fittings if you think that you could sell them on. Otherwise, or if they are too old or damaged from removal, then you can just dispose of them. In general, kitchen cupboards can go straight into a skip, as they should be made of non-hazardous materials. You can put wood, metal, plastic, and tile into a skip for recycling wherever possible if you are unable to transport the waste yourself. Remember that you need to fill skips to an even level, so stack sheets of material by laying them flat or break up any larger pieces to make them fit properly.