Category Archives: Kitchen DIY

Benefits of Routine Granite Counter Cleaning

benefits of cleaning granite

Contemporary architecture involves the best materials used in construction of modern houses and kitchenware. Granite is a popular stone that is used these days to cover and beautify the surface of kitchens, house floors, bathroom surfaces etc. The stone is often considered to be the highest quality material used for countertops in the market. Because of its unmatched beauty and durability, the countertops made using this material are costly to construct but very easy to maintain.

Since, these countertops are the main area where all the action takes place with all the stains and dirty utensils being placed on it, one of the key aspects to consider when getting a countertop made is how easily it can be maintained. The benefit of using this stone for construction of countertops are innumerable. The counters become naturally waterproof, remain durable, and is a practical and eco-friendly option.

In order to ensure that the beauty of granite countertops remain intact, it is highly recommended to carry out routine cleaning of the surfaces. The following tips may provide some useful guidance on cleaning up granite counters and the benefits that routine cleaning of granite counters will bring to your home:

  1. Willingness to use the countertops – Let’s face it. No one wants to work around a messy counter, especially one with old marks and stains from continuous use and very less proper cleaning. Since granite counters are very easy to clean and maintain, simply making use of warm soapy water, non-acidic surface cleaner or baking soda as well will help you to remove any stains or marks on the counters keeping their beauty intact and making them visually appealing to use for long periods of time.
  2. Keeping the value of the house intact – Anything that is well-maintained and kept as good as new will reflect good worth and keep the value of the area intact for further resale purposes. Keeping your granite counters clean by carrying out routine cleaning jobs will enable you to ensure that these granite tops remain intact and looking brand new when you plan to resell your house to someone else. You could make use of a long lasting high quality permanent seal that would last around ten to fifteen years and will penetrate into any space of grooves that the counter may have in order to protect it.
  3. Keeping the bacteria out – Usually the most significant counters which are used frequently are kitchen and bathroom counters. It is imperative to keep bacteria away from these counters because of course kitchen counters is the place where all your food comes in contact as well as utensils and bathroom counters will often have items that you will use on your face, in your mouth etc. on a regular basis. Therefore, routine cleaning of granite counters will prevent bacteria from residing on it. Making use of a disinfectant will help keep the bacteria out.
  4. Keep the surface scratch and streak free – even granite countertops may get scratched by the grit that gets trapped on its surface. Light surface scratches may occur on the areas of high-use around the sink or cook-tops. Most scratches can be repaired and fixed in due time but it is better to avoid them by keeping extra care for the counter beforehand.

Other tips to keep these granite counters clean would be to use coasters when possible and do not let kitchen items have direct contact with the surface of the counter, make use of cutting boards, mop and clean gently with warm water and do not use any substance that may pose risk to the counter altogether.

How To Properly Use Your Range Hood

dec. 5

You’d think that a range hood is a pretty basic device to use … and it is. But there are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind each and every time you cook. Following these best practices ensures that your range hood stays in good working order for a long time. It also means that the air in your home remains as clean as possible.

Some basic best practices are:

  • wash the filter regularly
  • wipe grease and dust away from surfaces
  • turn the fan on at least 15 minutes before you start to cook
  • leave the fan running at least 15 minutes after you finish cooking

Watch the video (courtesy of Broan) for more tips:

Featured Product: Spagna Vetro Wall-Mounted Range Hood

Photo: rangehoodsinc.com

This week, our featured product is the Spagna Vetro wall-mounted range hood. This gorgeous range hood is constructed out of top quality stainless steel. It comes with a chimney, which gives you the option to install the range hood under the cabinet or against the wall.

It also features:

  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • 6-speed electronic, touch sensitive control panel with LCD display
  • Programmable power auto shut off
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder
  • 4 dimmable 35W halogen lights
  • 0.7 sones on the lowest setting to 6.5 on the highest (ultra quiet)

This stainless steel range hood suits both modern and traditional kitchens. Contact our customer service experts if you’d like to know more!

Kitchen Organisation Tips That You Will Use Forever

Given its place at the heart of the home and it containing more equipment than any other room, it is extremely easy for kitchens to become incredibly cluttered. It’s easy to stock up several versions of the same pan or having all sorts of gadgets around that someone’s given but you’re never going to use. Here are some great pointers on how to turn your kitchen into a much more comfortable and organised space.

If you haven’t used it in a year – get rid of it

This is the simplest tip. Walk around your kitchen and look in all the draws and cupboards at everything you have for food preparation or service. If you’ve got anything in those spaces that you haven’t used at all in the past 12 months then get rid of it. Everyone will have gifts or random bits of clutter lying around so getting these out of your kitchen will dramatically increase the space available to store the items that you actually use.

Store sets together

Another fairly easy one. If you’ve bought things in sets then it’s very likely that they’re supposed to stay together and not be spread throughout the kitchen. If you can gather everything that is supposed to be together, together, it will be far easier to find a place for everything given the ability to easily place large quantities of ‘stuff’ in well organised groups.

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Photo: Brooke Lark

Freeze foods and label them

If you know you’re going to be busy during the week then it makes sense to have a bit of a cooking marathon on the weekend before and freeze the meals for easy access during the week. You can easily make 4 or 5 dishes on a Sunday evening to put into the freezer and heat up during the week for simple dinners with minimal fuss.

Use the walls

There are so many brilliant storage options that you can hang onto your kitchen walls without causing damage to them if you plan for just a simple screw or two. This can save huge amounts of cupboard space and gives the kitchen an extremely homely feel whilst also looking professional.

Photo: Caroline Attwood

Photo: Caroline Attwood

Cupboard doors

In the same vein as the use of the walls, the backs of cupboard doors are also spaces available for the hanging of devices to store things, increasing the amount of items you can store in any space. 

Author Bio

Sarah is a WAHM who lives in Norfolk with her husband and three children. When she is not chasing after her children, looking after the house and coordinating after-school activities. You can find her chatting about homes and gardens over at A Few Favourite Things or showcasing what her kids wore over on What the Kids Wore.

How To Install A Ductless Range Hood

Photo: Danny Four Square | YouTube.com

This one’s for all of you out there who love DIY projects. Although we always recommend that you hire the right professionals to do the work for you or to help you out, there’s no reason you can’t install a range hood yourself. You’re going to need to know your way around working with drywall and electrical wiring.

Check out this great video, and contact us if you have any questions!

How To Clean The Range Hood Filter

Photo: Build.com

The range hood does wonders when it comes to helping you maintain a healthy home. It’s purpose is to draw up all of the smoke, fumes, grease, and odors that are normally produced every time we cook. It then exhausts all of that stuff to the outdoors where it can dissipate safely. If those by-products stayed in our homes, the indoor air we breathe would become potentially toxic. The paint and other types of surface materials would also discolor and become damaged over time.

So, other than making sure that you purchase the best range hood that suits your cooking habits and lifestyle, you should also make sure that the range hood filters are cleaned regularly.

Check out this video (courtesy of Build.com) that takes you through a step-by-step mesh filter cleaning.

 

Featured Product: Rangemaster RM51000 Wall Mount Hood

Broan Rangemaster RM1000 Wall Mount

Sometimes you just need your range hood to be so much more than a powerful cleaning machine. If you weren’t sure before why we bother to install a range hood in the kitchen, you need to know that the purpose of a range hood is to ensure pristine indoor air quality. It does that by drawing up all the smoke, grease, odor, and fumes that are produced every time we cook. For best results, remember to turn on the range hood fan about 15 minutes before you start cooking, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking.

Beyond it’s ability to keep the air we breathe clean and healthy, a range hood acts as a beautiful focal point. This Broan Rangemaster RM1000 Wall Mount is no exception.

Check out its features:

  • 370 CFM, 7.0 Sones
  • 22 gauge stainless steel, #4 brushed construction with seamless corners
  • 3-speed slide control
  • 2, 20-watt halogen lamps
  • Dishwasher-safe aluminum filters with quick-release latch
  • Vertical or non-ducted options
  • Telescopic chimney for ceilings up to 10 feet tall
  • Sleek, graceful design

Want to know more? Contact us here.

Featured Product: Island Range Hoods

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So many condo units and detached homes are designed with features like extra tall ceilings and open concept living spaces. The lack of walls lends the space an airy and spacious feeling. Cooking in a kitchen that’s not enclosed makes entertaining so much easier. No longer will you find yourself alone in the kitchen while guests have a good time without you. Better yet, no longer will you be trying to cook in your kitchen while guests crowd in to be with you!

Open concept kitchen design means that more of us have the luxury of cooking at, and sitting around, an island. Some islands feature stoves. That makes entertaining even easier, doesn’t it? You won’t ever need to turn your back on your guests.

But, if you’re going to install a stove in the island, you will need to also install an island range hood. Hung from the ceiling, the island range hood are not only functional. They’re often also a focal point in the kitchen. Look for range hoods that are stylish, unique, and fit well into your home’s decor.

If the kitchen ceiling is extra high, you can still opt for an island range hood. Many of these units come equipped with chimney extensions that reach upwards of 10 feet. If the unit you’ve selected doesn’t have an added extension, you can still purchase one separately.

Talk to one of our expert Support Team members to make sure you’re choosing the right range hood.

Monthly Pick – Wall-Mounted Range Hoods

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Take a walk down the aisle of any kitchen hardware store and you can be easily overwhelmed by the array of choice you have when it comes to range hoods. Do you choose an island range hood, a wall mounted one, or an under-the-cabinet model?

Unless you’re working with very specific kitchen measurements, you could really go with any. Every range hood is designed to draw up smoke, fumes, grease, and odors and exhaust them outside. If you’re kitchen doesn’t allow for an island or an island range hood, then a wall mounted unit is a great choice.

All wall mounted range hoods come in a variety of sizes and styles. They’re made from brushed stainless steel so they won’t show fingerprints! Stainless steel is very easy to keep clean and will last a very, very long time. If your kitchen features an extra tall ceiling, you’ll be able to purchase a chimney extension. Some range hood styles even come with an extension as part of the whole package.

Just check with our Support Team to make sure you’ve chosen the right one for your kitchen.

Spooky Halloween Kitchen Party

oct. 30

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Maybe this is the year you host the perfect (and spooky!) Halloween party. You can shell out treats for all the kids who ring the doorbell while still enjoying a frighteningly good time with your friends and family.

Peruse these fun ideas and add a few of your own in the comments section!

Halloween Spice Cookies

5 Healthy Halloween Treats

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The Night Is Dark & Full Of Range Hoods

Check out some of our scary good deals on range hoods: www.rangehoodsinc.com