kitchen hobs

Kitchen hobs

Kitchen hobs – available types

Every housewife knows, that the kitchen simply doesn’t function without a kitchen hob. Currently there are different types of hobs available on the market. They have different power supply (electrical or gas), but that’s not the only difference. What kinds of kitchen hobs are available in sale? Here are some of our tips!

Kitchen hobs – an overview of available types

  1. Induction hobs – very elegant and increasingly popular. These products work really well in minimalist and modern interiors. They emit heat through electromagnetic induction. They require electric power supply. Their most important advantages are: safety, low-energy consumption, convenience of use, easiness to keep clean and shorter cooking time in comparison with other products. Unfortunately they are quite expensive, but its worth to pay more for high quality.
  1. Kitchen gas hobs – require gas. They have been increasingly popular for many years. No wonder, because the costs of using them are very low. Besides, they have an attractive appearance and come in affordable prices ( the range of prices is quite big so every client should find something for himself). Kitchen gas hobs may have different number of burners: two, three, four (most popular option) or even five. It is worth noting here, that the interior in which they will be mounted should be well-ventilated, because burning gas produces fumes.
  1. Electric plate kitchen hobs – devices equipped with intuitive mechanisms such as automatic power cut-off or sensors that turn the burner on when the pot is placed on the surface. They have electric burners consisting of heating plates made of cast iron. They are cheap and very simple to use. Unfortunately they are increasingly being replaced with induction or ceramic hobs.
  1. Ceramic hobs – are slowly conquering the market. It’s no surprise, because they look very modern and using them is pure pleasure. The device has a perfectly smooth surface with separate heating panels, which makes cleaning easier (there are no burners and tiny spaces in which the grease and dirt gather). They conduct the heat really well, are functional, have modern design and are very convenient to use.
Stone sanding

Stone sanding

The process of stone sanding

Sanding is one of the most common treatments performed on natural stone. It allows to obtain a circular texture with regular grooves. It often precedes impregnation, that allows for deepening of the natural tone of the material or for producing “wet stone” effect. The whole process consists of three stages, which are described in the further part of the article.

The process of stone sanding:

Stage 1: Consists of scuffing of the top layer with diamond grinding wheels with different grits. This smoothes out the surface and removes any carvings and scratches that emerge during the production and cutting of the slabs, and wearing off on the wire saw. This treatment allows us to get rid of textures that were applied earlier, and to remove discolorations and streaks resulting from the contact of material that hasn’t been impregnated with harmful substance (this is often the case with marbles). It is worth adding, that scuffing is used for renovation of historic elements that have been covered with tarnish or were subjected to weathering with time.

Stage 2: Consists of coating of the surface with epoxy and polyester resins. Of course, before the substances are applied, the surface is being cleaned. The dust is wiped with a soft brush, then washed with water and left to dry. In order to make sure the surface has dried and there is no moisture left, it is heated with a gas burner. Leaving the surface moist could lead to chipping of the resin. When the stone surface is completely clean, appropriate substances are applied. The substance must dry on its own, therefore the slab is left to dry for several hours.

Stage 3: The surface is sanded again, this time with diamond grinding machines. We start with lowest grits, slowly moving on to higher grits in order to remove all roughness and obtain a uniform texture. Most often, the treatment is applied repeatedly, until the desired effect is achieved.

Granite worktops London

Granite worktops London

Granite worktops London – instructions for the installation

Stone worktops can either be attached to the wall or mounted onto kitchen cabinets. The second solution is more frequently practiced. Their assembly and general installation is usually performed by a professional stone company, however, if you have the manpower and skills of your own then nothing stops you from installing them yourself. You just need to know how to execute this process. Therefore, we have prepared a short instruction article for you, from which you will learn how to permanently attach the London granite kitchen worktops, ensuring that they have a long and excellent effect. Details can be found below.

Installation of granite worktops London – instructions

  • The first thing you need to do, is check the surface and its level, making sure that its fairly even, preferably by using a spirit level. If there is any uneven edges, they need to be immediately fixed.
  • The next step should involve you proceeding to attach the worktop/s to the cabinets using one of the three processes: The first one consists of installing the worktop on each of the corners, both internal and external, but you have to remember to keep a distance of no more than 10 cm from the edge of the worktop. Furthermore, the spacing ‘join’ between each piece of the worktops cannot be greater than 1mm. The second way is based on the attaching the worktop with special glues and screws to the previously prepared base counter. The stone slabs must be applied to it using the universal and very strong glue. Lastly, the last process of attaching the London granite worktops to the cabinets involves a direct gluing of the granite to the old worktops which were either wooden or laminated. Of course, once again, this installation requires the use of a very strong glue.
  • The next step involves actually making of the joins, however this must be proceeded by the use of a milling machine to prepare the edges. After agreeing where the join should be, you have to determine where to place the special epoxy glue to fill the gaps.
  • Then comes the time to remove any excess glue from the surface with a 150/180 grained sandpaper. Carrying out this procedure will of course make the glue almost invisible, and will make sure that the two joined worktop pieces are bined perfectly. Of course, before attempting to connect any pieces, you need to make sure that they are clean and thoroughly degreased, but above all make sure that they do not have any extra coating or stains, as this could disturb the entire, time consuming, process.
  • When connecting the worktops, you need to ensure that they are perfectly stabilised and they are not vulnerable to any movement. This is why the professional installers often secure the worktop structure from below with special little pieces of stone which are glued onto the wall directly under the mounted worktop. Once all the pieces have been fully mounted and finished, you need to make sure that all the edges are once again secured with glue and once that is dry covered with additional silicone strips. Bear in mind that granite kitchen worktops London look best if all edges are almost invisible and form a straight, even line. All joins need to be perfectly executed in order to stop dirt and bacteria from getting in between the cracks and spaces.

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Kitchen equipment

Kitchen equipment

Kitchen equipment

Kitchen arrangement is a crucial aspect for those people who cook regularly at home or like culinary experiments. Well designed kitchen makes cooking easier, and aesthetic values of nice looking space enhance the quality of work. Furthermore, beautiful kitchen is usually very functional, but creating usability-centered interior demands careful planning to get rid of any obstacles that may appear and to make sure there is enough room for free movement between the workstations. The kitchen should be spacious enough to accommodate all necessary equipment – the stove, the fridge and the sink. In addition, kitchen equipment and arrangement should account for the number of the family members who will use it on the daily basis, so if you have more family members under your roof, consider buying a bigger stove and sink for example.
While you design your kitchen, it is important to think of a proper finishing too. All equipment used in there has to be made of the high-quality materials which are resistant to the outside factors and harmful conditions specific to the kitchen’s environment. That is why in many modern kitchen designs durable materials are used to make granite worktops, ceramic tiles and waterproof paint.

High quality materials

All items in the kitchen should be suited for the kitchen environment, which means they should be made of durable supplies. The better the material, the more use it will find in your kitchen and some of the equipment will last for decades if you take care of it properly. In turn, more expenses at the start will greatly lower the budget needed for the inevitable future damage repairs and refurbishments.
What’s more, high-quality equipment, such as a granite worktops, can fit in almost any kitchen design and match any style you have chosen. As there are still new ideas for kitchen design and the old, traditional solutions can be mixed freely with new, contemporary ones, there are a lot of designs you can create to make your kitchen functional, stylish and long-lasting.
Cost of equipping your kitchen
When it comes to kitchen arrangement, the best course of action is searching for solutions which are simultaneously useful and high-quality. It of course brings a higher cost of the arrangement at the start and higher expense on refurbishment if any damage appears. But choosing a low quality equipment brings more expenses in the long run, as you will have to entirely refurbish the whole space every couple of years.
Finding an optimal solution is the key, as it allows for a durbale equipment for a reasonable price. But you have to learn something about the market and possess a proper knowledge to analyze the available choices of materials, equipment and furniture.