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Do you want a low maintenance kitchen when you remodel?

Schrock Thermafoil White Cabinetry

Schrock Thermofoil White Cabinetry

An important consideration when planning to remodel your kitchen is how much time you plan to spend cleaning and maintaining the cabinetry. It will only look beautiful for years to come if you care for it on a regular basis. With today’s hectic lifestyles, few people want to spend their precious free time cleaning. Of course, if you can afford it, you could hire someone to do this work. But for the moment, let’s say that’s not an option.

White cabinetry is very popular, and one type of white cabinetry is particularly easy to clean. Thermofoil cabinets are an easily maintained product. Sleek and smooth-surfaced, Thermofoil cabinetry from Schrock offers a sophisticated appearance along with exceptional durability and ease of maintenance for today’s hard-working kitchen. You should be aware that White and Cashmere color may change slightly over time, depending on environmental conditions.

Thermofoil is a process where heat and pressure are used to bond a thin layer of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) film to a shaped and glued component made from MDF (medium density fiberboard). The result is a seamless surface that covers a panel’s face and edges. The component back uses a white, seamless melamine surface – excellent for easy cleaning.

Cleaning guidelines from Schrock Cabinetry:
A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water. After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth. Click here to read more, such as cleaning products to avoid.

Next time, we’ll talk about easy to clean and maintain countertop material.

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Dangers of Exposure to Asbestos During Home Renovations

This week, Kitchen Views has a guest blogger. Brian Turner is a health advocate and blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, the type of cancer which comes from exposure to asbestos. Where many homeowners are planning renovations to older homes which could contain asbestos, we feel that this information is highly relevant to you.

The article below is about the health and safety concerns that one should keep in mind while doing home renovations or DIY projects, and how exposure to certain materials, such as asbestos, can cause harm to yourself and family members.

“Dangers of Home Renovations and Exposure to Asbestos” by Brian Turner

Home design trends have come and gone through the years. Some facets of a home, however, are constant. Homes need great insulation, and electrical insulation is crucial for safety. A number of materials have proven to be highly effective at maintaining a home’s temperature, and some has risen and fallen in popularity through the years. One material, asbestos, served as a primary means to insulate homes for decades. Unfortunately, asbestos has proven to cause severe health problems and even death.

In many older homes it was common at one time to use asbestos to insulate heating pipes. If you have this type of insulation on heating pipes that will be disturbed during home renovation, you must have it removed properly with appropriate safeguards.

Popular even through the middle of the 20th century, asbestos had been linked to health problems since its use by the Greeks. A lack of rigorous testing, however, left these health problems largely ignored by regulatory agencies. Some blame various factors for its sustained popularity, but asbestos remained popular far longer than it should have. Today, there is no dispute that asbestos causes mesothelioma, a highly dangerous form of cancer that can arise in individuals who have not been exposed to asbestos in decades.

Asbestos is still used in many homes today. Fortunately, asbestos does not present a risk if it is properly sealed. Many homeowners decided to seal their asbestos securely instead of replacing it, and it does not present a risk if it is properly contained. Those looking to perform home renovations, however, will need to be cautious if they suspect that their homes have asbestos.

Newly built homes are generally safe to renovate. Older homes, however, should be thoroughly inspected before proceeding. All homeowners who did not originally build their homes are strongly encouraged to ask for a professional inspection before moving forward with any renovations. While inspectors will look for asbestos, it never hurts to emphasize that you would like him or her to specifically check for it. These inspections also serve other purposes, and they can help learn about problems that will be easier to fix while the home is being renovated.

Ultimately, asbestos is a substance that merits extreme caution. Limited exposure has been linked to severe health problems and mesothelioma, and families risk jeopardizing the health of their children if they do not exercise sufficient caution. Inspections are quick and affordable, and the peace of mind is well worth the small expense.

Renovations should be an exciting time; changing and improving a home can be a wonderful experience. The threat of asbestos, however, can make renovations needlessly stressful. Be sure to exercise caution when beginning a major renovation to ensure that you, your family and the workers you hire are protected from the threats posed by asbestos.

Brian Turner
Health Advocate/Blogger
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

For more information, you may email Brian at brian.turner752@gmail.com

Below are several informational links about asbestos from the EPA:

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/hip-concerns.html

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/ashome.html 

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/

New Remodeling Budget Calculator Available Through Kitchen Views

We’re excited to announce that thanks to one of our major cabinetry distributors, MasterBrand, we can now offer a remodeling budget calculator through our website! This calculator will help you set a remodeling budget for your kitchen, bathroom, or office. It’s available through a button on the right hand side of our website’s home page, the same button that is shown below.

Remodeling Budget Calculator from MasterBrand Cabinets

MasterBrand is the distributor of Aristokraft, HomeCrest, Schrock, Dynasty by Omega, and Omega Cabinets, all available through Kitchen Views. We also feature displays of these various brands at our showrooms. Visit one of our design showrooms to see these quality cabinets in person.

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Pet-Friendly Kitchen Ideas

What makes for a pet-friendly kitchen? Each pet and each home is unique. You may want a designated eating area for your pet or bench seating where your pet can sit near you, but not be underfoot.

Here are a couple solutions to common issues concerning pets in the kitchen from Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS of the popular kitchen design blog GOLD NOTES.

Did your curious kitten burn its paws?

“You can reduce the chance of your cat burning its paws by changing from gas or electric cooking to induction. An induction burner will only heat up when there’s a pot covering it. It will also cool faster than an electric or gas burner.

If changing your range or cooktop is not an option right now, and you have a curious cat, you can keep the burners covered when they’re not in use.”

burner-covers-from-rangekleen

Protect your pet's paws from burning with a Burner Kover from Range Kleen


Has little Fido gotten into the trash again?

“Consider a trash pull-out for a base cabinet as a solution. Often, they’ll fit in the open space below the sink, which happens to be a very convenient spot. Pull-outs come in various sizes and configurations. A two-can model will hold both recyclables and trash. They’re available online and at many home centers.”

Stop your pet from getting at the kitchen trash with a cabinet pull-out, like one pictured above from Rev-A-Shelf.

© Jamie Goldberg Kitchen and Bath Design, LLC. Used with permission

For more great solutions, read the rest of Jamie’s article for great pet-friendly kitchen design tips.

Whatever you’re looking for in making your kitchen pet-friendly, you can rely on the Kitchen Views design team to help you find the best solutions for your situation. For more ideas, visit our pet-friendly kitchen tips page at www.kitchenviews.com/pet

Controlling Humidity Levels in Your Home

We’ve previously discussed the effect that humidity has on wood cabinets. This week we look at ways to control humidity levels in your home that are healthy for both you and your cabinetry.

The Mayo Clinic has some good advice on how to measure humidity:

“The best way to test humidity levels in your house is with a hygrometer. This device, which looks like a thermometer, measures the amount of moisture in the air. Hygrometers can be purchased at hardware stores and department stores. When buying a humidifier, consider purchasing one with a built-in hygrometer (humidistat) that maintains humidity within a healthy range.”

timex-thermometer-with-indoor-hygrometer

Timex Thermometer with Indoor Hygrometer

There are many reasonably priced humidifiers available at both big box stores and online retailers. The benefits of having a humidifier in your home are many, including dealing with many of the symptoms that arise from the air being too dry. However, it’s important to make sure you keep your humidifier clean, and only run it when the relative humidity in your home is lower than 30 and no higher than 50. Too much humidity is as bad, or worse, than too little. This is why, as the Mayo Clinic suggests, humidifiers with built-in hygrometers are certainly a good investment.

Holmes Home Humidifier

Holmes Home Humidifier

Kitchen Views does not promote any particular brand of humidifier or hygrometer. This information is provided only to give you a starting point for your own research into the type of humidifier that will work best in your particular situation. We suggest you visit the Mayo Clinic website for more information and specifics regarding humidity levels.

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