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Posted by Ben Esposito on 9/8/2019

To clean a kitchen cabinet, the type of cabinet you have in your kitchen matters. For general kitchen cabinet cleaning, the following cleaning materials are essential:

  1. Water and detergent
  2. All-purpose cleaner
  3. Vinegar and water
  4. Non-abrasive All-Purpose Cleaner
  5. Baking soda and water

Painted Cabinets

Oil-based painted cabinets are durable and easy to clean. You can use any of the above-listed cleaning materials for this type of finish. There is no concern about damaging the finish, hence; all you need to do is scrub hard to rid it of the dirt and food items. Use water and baking soda if your painted kitchen cabinets have stubborn stains. 

You, however, should be careful if your painted cabinet comes with a water-based latex style of paint. Baking soda, for instance, might scratch off the surface. Instead of this, consider warm water and be sure to be gentle while scrubbing. 

Metal Cabinets

The easiest of the cabinets to clean are the metal type. You can use any of the above means to clean a metal cabinet, except a baking soda. Be careful not overuse water to prevent the obvious – rusting!

Wood Cabinets

An oil-soap wood cleaner is the best cleaning material to use for a wooden cabinet. You can get this at the local grocery or hardware store. Also, with everyday kitchen materials, you can also clean your wooden cupboards easily.

  • Detergent: Any grease or oil laundry detergent and water works well on wood cabinets. Just mix two cups of water alongside every cup of soap. Be sure not to over wet the wood because it can affect the finish. It is also important to wipe it down with a damp and separate cloth.
  • Vinegar: Without any liquid based detergent, you can use water and vinegar as a good alternative. With vinegar, you can get rid of sticky films as a result of dirty hands.
  • Baking Soda: When you have stubborn stains, baking soda is the best to get rid of it. Mix baking soda with water to have a paste, with a wet cloth wipe it cloth

Conclusion

Since a kitchen cabinet is like the workbench in a kitchen, it sees a lot of bacteria, oil, dirt, and grease. That is why it needs frequent and regular cleaning. With routine cleaning, you save more on cleaning services and also ensure you have healthy cooking all year round. If you are having trouble cleaning your kitchen, call in a professional cleaning service to help you get it into shape.




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Posted by Ben Esposito on 5/19/2019

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in a home. Not just a place to cook meals it’s also often the entrance to a home and where families gather together at the end of the day. Arguably, it’s also the most important room in the home and the one home buyers should be most astute of.

The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to remodel ranging between $20,000 and $50,000. Whether you’re eager for some renovation projects or looking for a move-in ready home, you’ll want to assess the level of work this room will need as your shop potential houses.

Start with perhaps the most obvious - is the room large enough for your daily needs? Is there plenty of counter space or room to expand cabinetry? Do you have a lot of kitchen tools that call for plenty of storage space or perhaps prefer an island to prep dinner at? Know what your ideal kitchen space ahead of time, especially if it is a priority, so your realtor can help you find the perfect fit.

Check that all appliances to ensure they are in working order as per the disclosure statement claims. Appliances are a big expense and you’ll want to have a good idea of what will need replacing or to be installed. Consider if they are an easy color to match when it comes time for replacement and if any are under warranty.

You’ll also want to examine the cabinetry. Check to ensure all drawers and cabinets are properly aligned and open smoothly. If they are wooden cabinets you can easily swap out hardware or change the color if you’re not a fan of the current style. However, other materials are not as convenient so consider replacement costs if you’re unhappy with the current installation.

Countertops can be another major expense. Have the granite countertops been properly taken care of? If they are laminate are they scratched or chipped? If this isn’t an upgrade you’re looking to make, be sure to look closely at what each home already has in place.

Kitchens are one of the busiest rooms in your home, especially if you love to cook. Check flooring for loose tiles, discoloration or poorly maintained wood flooring. This tells you a few things. Firstly, the quality of the materials used to build the home. And secondly, how well the house has been maintained over time.

Remodeling isn’t on everyone's list when house shopping. And with kitchen’s being one of the most expensive to renovate, this is one room you want to pay extra attention to as you view each potential home. Happy house hunting!




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Posted by Ben Esposito on 4/23/2017

If you have watched any home search show or any home renovation show on television, you probably know that granite countertops are the hottest thing, right? Maybe, but there’s so many different kinds of materials that make for fantastic countertops. You need to choose the types of countertops that will fit your budget and your lifestyle. There’s a new countertop material that’s taking over.  


Quartz


Quartz refers to engineered stone. This is a manmade surface. This shouldn’t be confused with quartzite, which is the solid stone alternative to granite. Manufactured quartz is actually now the leading countertop material according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.


Granite Is Out Quartz Is In 


Quartz has many different advantages over granite. This material won’t let stains pass through and can stand strong when faced with acidic foods. Quartz also doesn't require the need to be sealed. As a bonus, quartz is more scratch and chip resistant than granite and many other popular countertop materials.  


Environmentally Friendly


Quartz is also considered a greener choice when it comes to choosing a countertop. This material doesn’t need to be mined or shipped long distances. Both marble and granite require these carbon intensive processes. Using quartz for your countertops is really good for the environment and your wallet at the same time. 


The Downside: Patterns Look Uniform


The downside to quartz is that the patterns look kind of uniform and bland. Quartz manufacturers have actually come up with a way to create patterns in the fabrication process. This is the end of boring quartz in the kitchen. 


The Newest themes in home design are all about functionality and low maintenance. Many kitchen showrooms are adjusting accordingly, using marble sparingly in their displays and featuring granite. Every aspect of home design from furniture to tile is now being made with low maintenance materials so that homeowners have it easier time keeping up with their homes. 


Other Materials For Countertops


  • Marble
  • Solid surface
  • Concrete
  • Butcher block
  • Other kinds of stone
  • Other woods
  • Stone
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass
  • Tile


As you can see there’s many choices out there as to what to have your countertops made of. There’s a good reason why Quartz has become the number one material for kitchens everywhere.


You could be tempted to choose a countertop based on looks alone, however there’s much more to consider. You’ll need to look at your habits and lifestyle, then consider what you want out of a material. Each type of countertop material provides different benefits to maintenance, durability and cost. If you have kids, for example, white marble may not be the most economical choice for you. You’ll be pretty upset the first time some peanut butter is spilled on the countertop or some finger paints end up there. Knowing how you live will help you to make a countertop choice that you won’t regret.




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Posted by Ben Esposito on 8/28/2016

Humans have used herbs to season foods for thousands of years. While the most obvious benefit to using herbs is added flavor they are also packed with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Fresh herbs are even more nutritious and flavorful than their dried out counterparts lining grocery store shelves. We may think of dried out herb to be more convenient but with a little preparation, you can have access to fresh herbs in your home year long! Here’s how to create more flavorful, healthier dishes on the cheap without stepping into the seasoning aisle at the store: Know your directions - knowing which windows are facing north, south, east, and west will set you up for success. The direction your window is facing will determine how well a plant will do there as you will have a guideline as to how much sun that window receives each day. Each plant has it’s own sunlight requirements and knowing how much sunlight is coming through each window will make it easier for you to know which plants will do best in your home. Most herb plants prefer around six hours of sunlight a day and will do well in a southern facing window. You will also want to make sure your plants stay warm and are not in a draft or if in a window, are not directly touching a windowpane. Pick your pots - Choose pots that have drain holes as most herbs will require moist, but not drenched, soil. Other than that, feel free to get creative with your potting arrangements! This is a great way to add a little decorative interest to a room, so whether you choose a uniquely shaped pot or roll up your sleeves for a little DIY paint project! Pick your plants - To create your year round supply of herbs look for plants that tout labels of “evergreen” and “hardy.” Plants to look for are chives, mint, cilantro, bay leaves, rosemary, sage, dill, parsley, and lavender. Many of these plants have the added bonus of throwing off wonderful smells so along with fresh seasonings for your cooking you will also have a natural air freshener! Keep in mind that opting for starter plants will get your indoor herb garden rolling along much more quickly than starting with seeds. Maintenance - When a plant has reached about 6 inches start to cut off around one-third the herbs every so often to use for cooking and maintain a healthy plant. If you cut off any more than one-third you will put your plant at risk of dying. To create an evenly growing plant, turn it every week or so. While starting an indoor herb garden takes a bit of time and investment to get started the benefits will far outweigh the minimal effort they require. You will not only have more flavorful herbs to season your home cooked meals with, but also plants that throw off a pleasant aroma and add more visual interest to your home!




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