Practical Considerations For Kitchen Flooring

February 28, 2010  //  Posted by: Home Makers  //  Category: Flooring, Kitchen Care

nullWhat is the most important consideration when we select kitchen flooring? Is it the design or color that goes with the current décor or should we lay emphasis on the comfort? Well if you spend a large part of day standing in kitchen then if the floor is not comfortable you will soon realize that your feet and legs will hurt. Here are some practical considerations for kitchen flooring which should be kept in mind:

Select fabric like linoleum, carpet and vinyl for floors if your spend a good part of the day in kitchen as these materials will provide sufficient cushioning for your feet thereby providing relief from pain

If you have kids and pets at home then selecting a kitchen flooring material that is easy to clean and doesn’t get spoiled due to spills and messes is a good idea. It would not be a good idea to make use of floors made of natural stones because any liquid spill will make the kids slip and could be hazardous.

And for working professionals selecting tiled flooring is an excellent option which not only looks good but is also very easy to clean.

Silestone Countertops Require Little Care

February 24, 2010  //  Posted by: Home Makers  //  Category: Kitchen Care, Kitchen Coutertops

nullSilestone countertops made of quartz may initially appear to be quiet heavy on your pocket but easy maintenance and durability of these countertops make them more cost effective in the long run. Silestone countertops are extremely strong and are nonporous by nature which makes them scratch, stain and burn resistant. You can prolong the life and maintain the beauty of the silestone counters using these basic tips:

Even though these countertops are made of strong quartz and can withstand high temperature and pressure still it would be a good practice to not use them for placing excessive hot items. Also don’t use these countertops like chopping board to completely eliminate the chance of an unlikely scratch.

Also silestone countertops usually don’t get stained but in case concern arises only use a product that is recommended by silestone manufacturer for cleaning these countertops.

In case of a spill or mess wipe clean the surface using a damp cloth and then dry it using a soft cloth. You can use a mild cleaner for wiping out dirt and minor spills for the surface. Being nonporous you won’t need a harsh abrasive for cleaning these countertops.
A little bit of care can keep your countertops appear good as new in the long run.

Basic Care For Concrete Countertops

February 20, 2010  //  Posted by: Home Makers  //  Category: Kitchen Care, Kitchen Coutertops

nullThe ease of molding concrete into desired shapes and sizes are making many people use this material for creating customized countertops. Following some basic care tips you can preserve the beauty of these wonderful concrete countertops:

Concrete countertops are extremely durable but can get damaged in case you place or drop heavy objects on them. Hence avoid placing extremely heavy objects on these countertops which can cause cracking.

Concrete countertops cannot get damaged by knives but the sealer that is used for protecting these countertops can get damaged and hence do not use these concrete countertops like cutting boards

Again the sealers of these concrete countertops can get damaged due to excessive heat and hence use a hotplate when placing a hot dish on these countertops to prevent damage.

Concrete countertops sealer can get easily stained and hence to avoid discoloration wipe away spills immediately using a sponge or clean cloth.

It is also important to reseal the concrete countertops immediately when the cracks or holes appear to prevent further damages. Using these basic care tips you can extend the life of your kitchen concrete countertops.

Cleaning and Care Of Corian Countertops

February 16, 2010  //  Posted by: Home Makers  //  Category: Kitchen Care, Kitchen Coutertops

nullCorian countertops are clear winners when it comes to durability and good looks. A man made material corian countertops gives the appearance of granite without requiring the need for a seam. Some of the basic rules which should be followed while taking care of tough corian countertops include:

Avoid using the corain countertop surface for cutting or chopping purposes to preserve its beauty.

Heat can really hurt these countertops and hence never place a hot vessel directly on these countertops to prevent the damages. Also never drop heavy items suddenly on these countertops to avoid cracks and fractures on the surface.

The cleaning routine of corian countertops depend upon the surface you have selected. When using a matte finished or semi gloss surface cleaning can be done using normal mild dish cleaning liquid and water or an ammonia based solution. To prevent bacteria growth use a cloth dipped in bleach and water solution and use it weekly for cleaning the surface. Remember to wipe the surface dry after cleaning. On the other hand a soft polish and tender care may be required to maintain the beauty of high gloss surface.

Always use products endorsed by Corian manufacturers for cleaning so that these beautiful countertops can endure the test of time.

Selecting Kitchen Countertop Materials

February 12, 2010  //  Posted by: Home Makers  //  Category: Kitchen Care, Kitchen Coutertops

nullGood looks, high performance, durability, hygiene and good heat and thermal resistance are some of the desired features of perfect kitchen countertop materials. However it might be tough to get all the qualities in one material. Here are some of the kitchen countertop materials which is being used extensively:

Ceramic is a popular kitchen countertop material which is available in large range of colors, design, texture, color and prices. This heat resistance material is easy to clean but doesn’t give a smooth finish to the surface and can chip or break easily

Composite is another good option which is durable, seamless, stain proof and is available in wind range of colors. However this material made of quartz, pigments and resin binders is not stain resistant and heat proof.

Concrete that can be molded in desired shape is used for creating beautiful countertops.

Engineered as well as natural stones are used by people wanting to create an elegant décor. These materials are heat and thermal resistant and are easy to maintain and clean.

So what kitchen countertop material would you prefer?

Kitchen Window Coverings Ideas

February 08, 2010  //  Posted by: Home Makers  //  Category: Kitchen Care, Windows & Valances

nullAre you tired of looking at the drab café curtain covering your kitchen windows or you feel that frilly or fruit patterned curtains doesn’t go well with your kitchen décor then here are some kitchen window coverings idea that doesn’t even require sewing:

You can get hold of some beautiful napkin rings that match your room décor and slip them over curtain rod. You can then pull the fabric or scarves of your choice through these rings and enjoy low cost beautiful window covers

You can tuck lovely curtain rings to a colorful table runner and create a simple yet elegant window cover.

Take out the colorful scarves that you no longer wear and attach drawer pullers to it to create wonderful kitchen window covering

Curtain ring clips could be used to attach your favorite placemats to create wonderful kitchen window coverings

These creative ideas can be used to come up with amazing kitchen window coverings.

Granite Countertop Care and Maintenance

February 04, 2010  //  Posted by: Home Makers  //  Category: Kitchen Care

nullHard to scratch, variety of colors and affordability make users opt for granite countertop. The daily granite care is as simple as saying ABC. All you need to do is to clean your granite countertop using a mild soap or dishwashing liquid. You can use a synthetic scrubber for removing all dust and grime that will keep your granite countertop appears as good as new. Here are some simple granite counter maintenance tips:

Clean the spills immediately. Use a mild soap and warm water for cleaning these counters. Wipe the counter dry after cleaning it with water.

In case your granite counter gets stained then in most cases you can remove the stain by making a paste of a cup of flour with a tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid. Apply this paste on the stain and leave it overnight. In the morning scrap this paste using a wooden spatula and see the stain disappear. You can even remove an ink stain using acetone or hydrogen peroxide.

It is better to use a good quality sealer on granite counters which will certainly reduce your maintenance efforts.