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Kitchen Counters: High-Tech Solid Surfaces Make Maintenance Easy
Sculpted by heat and nonporous by nature, solid-surface countertops bring imagination and low maintenance to the kitchen
"solid-surface countertops bring imagination and low maintenance to the kitchen... Solid-surface countertops are the stuff of George Jetson, in which high-tech plastics... modern surfaces take on many appearances, including stone, yet shed the shortcomings... nonporous surface that doesn't age or develop a patina. Is this cutting-edge countertop... solid surface, as they have heard that solid surface is outdated and not attractive..."
Kitchen Countertops 101: Choosing a Surface Material
"countertop surfaces range from well-known butcher block to less common materials such... given two surfaces a better appraisal. For Quartz surfaces, the "pro" equated it with... the best surface is for a very small pantry - for the folding surface over a front load... is the surface I'm most familiar with. You left out that it is impervious to both... of wood surfaces -- now if you're cutting chicken on them, then you should disinfect..."
Bathroom Countertops 101: The Top Surface Materials
"bathroom surfaces typically don’t face the same abuse as those in the kitchen (think... on the surface, to name a few more things. Not to forget a hot curling iron! yes,... on the surface material and is not removed immediately, which material is affected... delicate of a surface in the bathroom. I can't imagine the damage that harsher things like... solid surface in the half bath. The polished granite (Cosmos) has held up well..."
Kitchen Counters: Granite, Still a Go-to Surface Choice
Every slab of this natural stone is one of a kind — but there are things to watch for while you're admiring its unique beauty
"kitchen surface for durability. It’s a natural stone, so every individual slab of the... abrasive surfaces/utensils/pots should not be dragged across the surface as this can... counter surface and should be discouraged. to A. Peltier Interiors...I used Cassarino... other surfaces, i.e. quartz, recycled glass, ec. (they are about 20 minutes from... Polished surfaces will blemish (hone) or etching can occur. Make sure to ask questions..."
Get Quartz and Porcelain Surfaces Super Clean
These cleaning tips for quartz, travertine, porcelain and engineered stone will help keep your countertops and sinks looking spotless
"to your surfaces: "Choose the right materials for the right applications and uses —... clean surface, polishing with lemon oil will help shed water from all surfaces in... Friend' is surface gentle and powerful on stains, soap scum, etc. I love it. It's a... down the surfaces with a towel after use will go a long way to keep down mold. I think... kitchen surfaces. I am not the "queen of clean" though. That's about all I know..."
Bathroom Surfaces: Ceramic Tile Pros and Cons
Learn the facts on this popular material for bathroom walls and floors, including costs and maintenance needs, before you commit
"walking surface. It can be very cold underfoot in the winter, and heavy tile can be... a hard surface. Do they chip? How bad? A little or a lot. These tell tale signs... tile's surface. If your installer is blob setting big dabs of thin-set the chances... solid surface look. We have a 12 year old home and the master shower had grout and... premium surfaces. Avoid drilling holes, cracked stone, compromising your moisture barrier..."
Want a Gem of a Surface Material? Luxury Agate's a Dazzler
"smooth surface that's nearly 99 percent agate. A skilled artisan then must cut the... agate surfaces can run up to $500 per square foot. “It’s really for people looking... stone surfaces. “If you’re looking at granite as an option, don’t even consider gemstone... on the surface — about 1 percent — there's potential for agate slabs to "yellow" in... bathroom surfaces? Like countertop, shower stall including floor. Dramatic and absolutely..."
Get Stone and Ceramic Surfaces Super Clean
Keep your kitchen or bathroom looking as good as on installation day with the right cleaning methods for counters and tiles
"particular surface." Here are a few tips on how to clean different surfaces that are... on the surface, if it sits on top in a bubble after a few minutes then you don't reqiure... sink and surfaces is "Clean Glo". It is not easy to find but is in the grocery stores... Marble surfaces take some care and sealing, making them a challenge in homes with... Wipe the surface dry with a chamois; don't allow it to air dry. For tough stains: For..."
Translucent Surfaces: A Canvas for Light and Shadow
"Translucent surfaces allow the skin of a building, as well as interior partitions, to lie... translucent surfaces, mainly walls, that inhabit this variable in-between zone of shadow... light a surface with LED lighting. For etched glass or acrylic, you can make the features... translucent surfaces need not be limited to vertical planes. This roof for a small room... from the surface. The zigzag of the stair treads and risers is quite clear; the handrail..."
Surface Smarts: Venetian Plaster
Centuries-old Venetian plaster has made a roaring comeback in modern interiors. Could this old-world wall favorite work in your home?
"ps no surface evokes the romance of old-world Europe in the way that Venetian plaster... furniture, the surface would have to be prepared to hold the plaster. There are lots of glazes... small surface so talk to your expert applicator about the most cost effective way... plaster is a surfacing method that dates back to the Roman Empire. It originated as a technique... plaster, the surface must adhere to the classic composition and methods of application,..."
Go Cuckoo for Coconut Furniture and Surfaces
Crack open a lesser-known ecofriendly design option: tiles, flooring, tables and more made from coconut shell and palm wood
"usable surfaces. Nusa, Kirei, Omarno and Plyboo are just a few of the companies striving... vanity surface. Thanks for sharing this! Really beautiful! Readers might be interested... textured surface, go around curves and apply it on round columns. The mosaic tiles come... concave surfaces in both matte and glossy finishes.The individual tiles are mounted..."
Get Cushy With Padded Surfaces
A little extra padding in the right places can deepen the beauty of walls, floors, headboards and more in the home
Shape Up Your Surfaces With New Tile Textures and Forms
Take your walls and floors to a different dimension with innovative sculptural tiles, as shown at the 2013 Coverings expo
Kitchen of the Week: New Surfaces Cover All the Style Bases
Stripped and done anew in marble, milk glass and wood, this Brooklyn kitchen has fresh midcentury appeal
Kitchen Sinks: Slate Surfaces Rock for Strength and Style
Go for a sandblasted pattern or keep it simple — slate sinks show quality and promise durability no matter how you roll