Archive for the ‘Kitchen Care’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Designs for kitchen sinks

Kitchen sinks are quite an important part of the household. In fact this is one area of the house where maximum of the work is done. It is not just the area where most of the work is done. It also happens to be an area where most of the important work is done. It has been said that if you want to get an idea of the lifestyle of a person, check out the kitchen sink. And it is indeed true. This area does throw light on the family using the kitchen sink.

There are three ways the sink can be mounted in the kitchen leading to three major types of sink designs. The classics type is the top mounted installation where the sink is attached on top of the counter and the basin lies below it. The contemporary style is the under mount sink where the rim lies below the counter level. The third type is the apron sink where the front of the sink is exposed. This is ideal for large kitchens with a heavy bulk of work.

PostHeaderIcon Tips to maintain your stainless steel kitchen knives

Most of the stainless steel knives we buy are from a super market, they are priced well below $10 and they come from a brand which we have never heard about. All these qualities make you vulnerable to a knife and if handled wrongly, they could pose life threatening situations against you.

A knife has to be handled with care but activities we do in the kitchen need us to be tough against the knife so maintaining the knife properly will only save you from all those threats. Never cut without using the backup board. Most of the knife companies provide their own boards and if you don’t have one, you can buy them in retail. If you cut things in just plain surface, there is a chance that the things will bounce up and cause a reaction against your knife and it will end up in you getting injured.

PostHeaderIcon Cleaning tips for kitchen cabinets

Maintaining a clean and hygienic kitchen is a challenging task that requires a lot of effort and upkeep. The kitchen cabinets, in particular, need a lot of attention as they constantly accumulate grease, dirt and food stains. With the help of few tips and pointers, you can keep your cabinets’ spick and span.

 Baking soda is highly effective in removing grease stains and sticky dirt. Prepare a solution by mixing two teaspoons of soda in a cup of water and clean with a sponge. Another wonder ingredient is vinegar as it gives you fresh and clean cabinets in no time. You may also wash the cabinets with a mild detergent solution diluted with some lukewarm water. Remember not to use a scrub brush or steel wool as it can scratch the cabinet surface. Instead, opt for a sponge or soft cloth or a green scrubbing pad.  For extremely stubborn stains, you should use paint thinners.

PostHeaderIcon Modern Kitchens for Today’s Busy Lifestyle

Life is changing fast and so to cope with it other aspects are also changing fast and one of the latest facets that has changed and is still undergoing changes happens to be kitchen. It may be that your kitchen fails to cope with the busy lifestyle of you and your family any longer and the sooner you decide to change it altogether the better it is for the whole family. Keep in mind tat the modern kitchens are nothing save hub of family life, serving in the form of a cozy dining area, and certainly a place of gathering at the end of the day.

It may be that to do the same you have to undergo a huge project of remodeling or a simple project of rejuvenation might be enough for you. Whatever has got to be done must go well with your budget and aspirations. Never forget to have a family-based discussion prior to the initiation of the project. Each family ember must find the kitchen as his or her own. Try to focus on three basic elements; these are ideas along with layout and style. Make an online research; you can come across lots of exciting designs soon.

PostHeaderIcon How to get a modular kitchen?

Owning a modular kitchen nowadays is every housewife’s dream. Modular kitchen has many benefits like it can be easily repaired, it has features like exhaust and chimneys, it has a fashionable look, etc. Getting a modular kitchen is very easy as it is available in variety of colors. You will get standardized units for the floor and the wall while buying a regular modular kitchen system.

These units can accommodate all your kitchen utensils and electrical appliances of all shapes and sizes. You can also get a custom built modular kitchen. You can also make your modular kitchen out of combinations like wood and laminate, aluminum and marble or laminate and granite. Building it from lacquered or natural wood is also an option from you. It has been noticed that most of the people prefer marbles or granite for worktops and wood or laminate for cabinets and drawers.

PostHeaderIcon Finding a Suitable Range Hood for the Kitchen

Choosing the right sort of a range hood for your kitchen is quite a tough and confusing endeavor. You need to find out which way the air which is emitting out of the stove is finding its way – is the air coming back to the kitchen or it can make its way out. You should also need to find out what sort of a range hood to go for. It can be a wall mounted range hood or it can also stay attached to the ceiling. If your kitchen is devoid of a ventilation duct then it would be best for you to opt for a kitchen range hood to take care of the cooking steam and to keep the kitchen clean and tidy.

However, you should always ensure a proper maintenance of the filter or else the mechanism can go out of service within a very short span of time. Most kitchen hoods are available in stainless steel but recently the glass and copper varieties are finding their places in several well equipped kitchens.

PostHeaderIcon Kitchen Hazards and Quick Fixes

Kitchen is considered as to be the most accidental place of one’s house. Talking about mishaps, kitchen turns out to be the worst hit with mishaps in a house. A mishap can happen through slipping on wet floor or gas leakage or electric short circuit.

To avid slipping on wet floor one can use anti skid material for their flooring in kitchen and to avoid short circuits, one can use anti shock absorbing switch boards. One must even keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen area to avoid any fire which may arise at any time. The lighting in the kitchen should even be proper.
One must avoid wearing synthetic clothes when they are working in the kitchen. Sharp items like knives, etc should be placed properly. One should even try to install smoke detectors in their premises. One must set their hot water heater up to 120F only so that the risk of burns occurring would be reduced.

PostHeaderIcon Kitchen Care Tips

Kitchen is a very important place in one’s house and therefore it should be properly looked after, so one should try to avoid mishaps as and when possible. Some kitchen care tips would be like washing cooking utensils, cutting boards and knives with hot soapy water or taking care when handling disinfected things which are prone to spreading disease causing bacteria in any case.

Food should be tightly wrapped up in plastic wraps even in the refrigerators so that it prevents food contamination. One should keep poultry, fish and raw meat in separate freezer bags so that the chances of cross contamination would not exist which would even prevent food poisoning.
Another option is that one can try recycling things which can be reused. In our kitchen, usually there is a possibility of having items such as foils, aluminium cans, steel and glass which can be reused and therefore it should be left away.

PostHeaderIcon Applying Laminate to Counter Tops

Laminating counter tops is a series of simple steps that can be done at home. First of all, you need to prepare the surface to be laminated. Thoroughly clean and sand the surface which needs to be laminated. Remove any traces of paint or varnish. Next, cut the laminated plastic as per the desired specifications.

The instrument with which you do the cutting should have a very fine toothed blade so as to avoid chipping and achieve a smooth cut. Keep the plastic sheet slightly over dimensioned to leave room for final trimming.
The next step is applying the laminated plastic. You can use epoxy adhesives and contact cement to apply laminated plastic. The surface to be covered should be made rough with sandpaper so that the lamination sits firmly on it. For the finishing part, eliminate all air pockets, and smoothen the edges and remove surplus material, if any.