Countertops

Wood Butcher Block Maintenance

wood butcher block kitchen islandA butcher’s block can effectively complete any kitchen. Rich wooden blocks can add a little something to a work top to make it look homely, even if you rarely cook in there. It can also be practical because who would want to prepare meat on their work surfaces if you do cook? However, the maintenance of a wood butcher’s block can be a worry if you don’t know how to properly treat it. So read on to find out!

Regularity Of Maintenance

Choices in Stainless Steel Countertops

With all the different choices homeowners have today in counter tops, it’s not surprising that many choose the beauty and durability of stainless steel. Besides its obvious advantages, stainless steel makes an excellent choice for other reasons, as well.

For one thing, it can be considered virtually anti-bacterial (which is why you see it so often in commercial kitchens). It also works wonders to “open up” small spaces. If you have a less-than-large kitchen work area, the reflective qualities of stainless steel can make the room seem exponentially bigger just from the way in which it acts just like a mirror to reflect everything around it – including light.

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How to Install Granite Tile Countertops

If you are about to install granite tile countertops in your kitchen or bathroom you are undertaking a difficult task. I strongly urge you not to do this unless you are very proficient with home improvement projects and have performed counter installations in the past. Granite is an expensive material to work with and you do not want to ruin a beautiful piece of granite by not knowing what to do.

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If you have budget requirements that do not allow for a professional installation or even if you simply like the idea of doing your own work it is possible to install granite tile countertops for yourself if you are willing to deal with the details, which is always where the devil lies.

Common Granite Countertop Problems

Granite countertops are a major investment for most homeowners. In fact, most owners make the investment without taking the time to understand a few very basic granite countertop problems and how to avoid them. Not knowing the basics when it comes to properly caring for your granite countertops can be a very costly mistake.

The first thing you should realize and keep in mind is that granite is a stone that is by no means invulnerable to damage of any kind. Just as Superman had Kryptonite, granite has weak defenses against acid. This is not limited to acidic cleaning products but includes common kitchen items such as vinegar, alcohol, and orange juice.

Installing Granite Tile Kitchen Countertops

Granite tile installs easier than many people think. If you've ever installed ceramic tile, chances are excellent you'll also be successful at installing granite tiles. Except for the kind of grout and sealer and the fact that you can't score and break it apart like you can ceramic (you'll need a tile saw for all your cutting), it's much the same.

Off With the Old, On With the New

The first step is to remove the old countertop. Unless your current countertop is screwed on to the corner braces, you can easily remove it; if glued, you'll most likely have to use a crowbar to pry it loose.