By Aidan Payne. The Kitchen. Published at Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 - 02:36:29 AM.
Even if you happen to be short of space, try to keep surfaces clean and free of clutter. Not having enough space to move when you are doing a range of tasks or preparing food, can be a recipe for disaster. Keep areas neat and tidy, keeping everything you need close at hand. It is easy for the workspace to become greasy and dirty and this can lead to issues with bacteria so keeping on top of cleanliness across all areas, i.e. worktops, hob and oven surfaces, floor and wall coverings is all part of good housekeeping, whilst protecting the health of your friends and family.
There are not many elements you could have altered which will better enhance your kitchen area than by getting stone countertops fitted. A custom made stone fabrication can rejuvenate any space, creating a feeling of extravagance. The key step to this technique is to decide on the appropriate stone. Probably the most common stone choice is marble, because of its luster and appearance. The elegance and natural beauty of marble brings quality to any home. Marble tends to be most commonly used in bathroom vanities, fireplaces and tiling because it is able to withstand a great deal of heat. However, it is now becoming increasingly popular for use in kitchen counter tops largely because of its ability to give the kitchen a clean and elegant look. However, despite the beautiful aesthetic value of Marble, it does have its disadvantages.
To Distress Or Not To Distress? When it comes to installing stone kitchen counter tops, Granite tends to be the material of choice because it is so durable. Marble is much more likely to chip and break and it is more at risk form the day to day kitchen accidents like broken glasses and spilled food or wine. Granite is much more able to withstand this type of ongoing punishment and is far less likely to fall victim to staining like Marble is. Some people actually see this as positive thing in relation to marble. They like the aesthetic effect of a little bit of wear and tear on their counter tops to give a slightly vintage look to them, in such the same way as people often do with intentionally distressed clothing. Marble is quite often likened to a fine wine which gets better as it matures. One of the main benefits of Marble is that it is completely waterproof and will not suffer damage from steam or splashes from washing dishes. However, to really prolong its life the stone does need to be sealed by a professional. This needs to been repeated every so often to maintain the seal. The manufacturer should be able to offer advice about how often this needs to be carried out.
When it comes to fire safety in the kitchen, you should pay attention to what you are doing. Kitchens burn down because people sometimes forget about shutting off the stove, the microwave, or oven. Once the oil gets hotter, it starts to smoke, then bursts into a fiery blaze which can be impossible to extinguish alone. For small fires, you can certainly do something about it by getting fire extinguishers. They are truly valuable when combustion unexpectedly occurs.Also, watch carefully your electrical wires. Cord snags can pose problems and may get someone electrocuted. Never plug or unplug kitchen equipment and appliances especially if your hands are damp. You do not want to become a kitchen casualty just because you have forgotten that cardinal rule.
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