Archive for : May, 2017

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Choosing the Right Vanity for your Bathroom

The vanity is not the most attractive part in reconditioning your bathroom but choosing the right one can make a difference. So knowing the way to select the right materials, size and style for your vanity that is suitable for your bathroom and will function for your needs is essential. Read and learn more of the following:

Placement

Find a good spot for your vanity that will not hinder the traffic flow in the bathroom, or obstruct the bathroom door or the door swing of the shower. Take note if the areas around are accessible for cleaning and if there is enough space for foot traffic if the vanity doors are open. Moreover, remember that the vanity has a lot to do with the bathroom’s function, and create a space around it for proper function.

Changing the plumbing around for the installation of a vanity can be very expensive. Placing the vanity at a distance from other bath fixtures is a higher cost for rough plumbing. Look for any plumbing services in Sydney to deal with plumbing issues.

Materials

A humid, wet and busy environment is the usual place for vanities and choosing the right materials for your vanity that can withstand this kind of environment is very important. Among the materials suitable for a durable vanity are laminates, wood veneers and thermofoil. Wood should be sealed and lacquered well but it doesn’t guarantee that it will not get any damage when exposed to water for a long time. Also consider the durability of your vanity top and opt to easy-to-clean grout.

Storage

In making a decision about the amount of storage you will need, consider the things you really use. Make an inventory of the things you store in your existing vanity and organize everything based on what you need to have in reach and you just need to have nearby. You may consider hanging vanities with drawers for a good amount of storage. In case you cannot change your tiny vanity cabinet, you may install additional cabinets that rest on the counters.

Size

Basically, the size of the vanity follows with size of your bathroom. At the same time, consider evaluating the lifestyle and things you demand for a vanity. This will give you a clear picture of how big your vanity should be. It is recommended to get started with a vanity that is at least 21 inches deep and 24 inches wide.

For more information please visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Common Kitchen Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The kitchen is used for many reasons but most of all in storing and preparing our food. In order to get things done efficiently, there’s a demand for a good kitchen design. In addition, you will have a hard time selling your house with a poorly designed kitchen. Many have a kitchen design can cause real troubles. To help you to avoid these mistakes, it’s important to know what these are. Here are the following.

Placing the sink, stove and refrigerator too close together

Ensuring ample space between your sink and the stove is especially important. Imagine this situation: You rinse the vegetables at the sink, chopped, and then transfer to the stove for cooking. An absence of counter space between the stove and the sink would require you to go out of your way in finding a chopping area.

The fridge requires some space too. People usually open the fridge’s door and spend some time looking what’s inside. This could block someone’s way who’s cooking in the kitchen.

Obstructions in the way of the work triangle appliances

For easy mobility, people want to walk directly from one station to another. This could save time and makes cooking convenient. One good tip is paying attention to the direction that your refrigerator’s door swings. For smaller kitchens, one recommendation is to opt to bifold doors on the fridge to save space and energy.

Placing the sink and the dishwasher very far from each other

Your goal is to move the dishes directly from your sink to your dishwasher. As a cleaning station, these two collaborate in many ways from rinsing the dishes before stacking them in the dishwasher or soaking them to soften food remains. The same thing works as well for the sink and the garbage area.

If you have some problems with your kitchen sink and need some materials or tools you may visit any Plumbing Supplies in Australia or visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Unhygienic Kitchen Practices to Avoid

Failure to sanitize your kitchen counter regularly

According to a microbiologist, Dr. Charles Gerba, people failed to clean their kitchen counter regularly, making it more unhygienic than the toilet seat. For thorough sanitation of the kitchen counter, he suggested to use paper towel and disinfectant kitchen cleaner in wiping it down. Throw the paper towel away after using it.

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Rinsing but not sanitizing your cutting board

A lot of people use the same cutting board for meats, fruits, and vegetables and unfortunately, they ignore sanitizing these cutting boards. Raw meat on typical cutting board has 200 times more fecal board than a toilet seat. While people only rinse their cutting board, however, poultry and raw meat leave behind campylobacter and salmonella according to Dr. Gerba. To keep cutting boards from germs, he suggested using different cutting boards for meat and vegetables. In addition, he suggested as well sanitizing the board using a kitchen disinfectant or placing it in the dishwasher. 

Not changing out your sponge, dishcloth or scrub brush regularly

Every time sponges, dishcloths, and scrub brushes are left wet usually in the sink, they are exposed to more bacterial infestations. The advice from Dr. Gerba is to change dishcloths weekly and put the sponge into the dishwasher or microwave for thirty seconds. By doing this, bacteria will be killed keeping you safe from the illness they bring.

Not sanitizing the bottom of your sink.

According to the director of the University of Arizona’s environmental health sciences, Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D, The bottom of the sink is the filthiest area in the kitchen but people forget it often. A slimy film infested by many bacteria inhibits cracks or splits in around the sink because of the habit of rinsing raw meat. Moreover, the sink is an ideal place for the growth of E. coli because it’s wet and moist.

Vinegar and lemon can kill several bacteria though not all. A stronger bacterial killer could be a disinfectant spray. You can also fill your sink with the mixture of water and bleach weekly. Look for some of these disinfectants in any plumbing shop in Australia

If you are looking for more ways to sanitize your filthy kitchen, please visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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