Published at Tuesday, March 06th, 2018 - 15:26:31 PM. The Kitchen. By Aidan Payne.
You certainly do not want to screw things up by getting yourself cut or singed. When it comes to knife safety, be sure to sharpen the blades to balance your handling. Dull knives may slip off from your hands and may get you injured in the process. In using a knife, do not just cut with the edge facing you. If it slips, the blade will surge towards you so pay attention to your grip and where the blade is pointing. Furthermore, never leave sharp tools wobbly inside your kitchen drawers. Broken glass also poses risks since they can be incredibly sharp and may cut you. Sweep broken shards off the floor and clean carefully. Being barefoot is a no-no when it comes to walking on floor surfaces that have broken fragments that can pierce your heels. Also, do not just throw it out in the garbage bag and be sure to pour the shards in an old newspaper before plunking it down the bin. To prevent this accident, make sure that you do not break your glass and wipe them dry after getting them in the dishwasher.
If you use a quality polyurethane finish, it can prove to be just as water-resistant as other floor types. These have a beautiful sheen but will require a refinish annually. Polyurethane finishes last a very long time and do not need to be stripped, waxed, or buffed. With regular cleaning and dusting, you should be fine. Just be sure to look out for leaks - and fix the problem immediately if you find any. Something like a burst pipe can cause terrible damage if not discovered, so be on the look out. Equally important is the type of wood that you choose - the kitchen is a high-traffic area and therefore certain species of wood floors work better in the kitchen than others. Cherry, fir, and pine wood are less durable types - ash, maple, or oak stand up better and are more durable, and will serve you well over the course of a lifetime. If you are shopping flooring, let your installer know the room you plan to install it in - they may have some good suggestions about which choice to make.
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