Every kitchen is a little world. Some people spend hours in the kitchen, and others, for different reasons, do not spend much time in there. As such, if you are thinking about changing it, bear in mind these tips before starting to choose the new design.
Choose the worktop
The worktop is the cornerstone of the kitchen, where the action of heat, sharp utensils, water and acids put its resistance capacity to the test on a daily basis. Along with classic stone, stainless steel – more common in restaurants – and chipboard worktops, there are other options that are highly varied, both aesthetically and financially.
Worktops that are made from laminates are affordable, easy to clean, resistant and come in numerous colours and finishes due to the fact that these materials can be used to imitate others.
If we are looking for a single piece, without joins and a built-in sink, many acrylic resin compound designs possess these characteristics, and furthermore, they are very easy to clean, although their resistance to high temperatures is not one of their strong points. Composite material worktops made from artificial stone and resins offer similar characteristics, and in this case the price is slightly lower, but we cannot have it in a single piece and do not avoid joins.
Glass or ceramic worktops offer an interesting aesthetic component, always bearing in mind that the former will be more likely to scratch and that the latter are warmer but less hygienic due to the large number of joins that this option requires.
As with worktops, our kitchen cupboards can be made of various materials depending on our needs and tastes. Depending on the space that we have available and the choice of the other furniture, we can opt for materials ranging from stainless steel to medium density fibreboard that is lacquered or covered in PVC. That said, whichever you choose, bear in mind that when cleaning them, both abrasive products and stainless steel scouring pads can damage the surface.
Save water and energy
If you are thinking about changing your taps, do not forget that mixer and thermostatic taps could help you to save up to 50% on energy and water, thanks to their ability to regulate the temperature and volume, there being a wide variety of models available in the shops.
Whether the rubbish bins are built in to the cupboards or we use the classic separate dustbins, they must be placed as far away as possible from food and be emptied and disinfected daily due to the possible smells and damp that they may generate.
In order to avoid these situations, one of the most commonly used materials in kitchen cupboards is melamine, a plastic material that is resistant to damp, affordable and easy to clean. An effective option both in these cases and for modules that are designed for plate racks.
Did you know that…
Nowadays, there are varnishes that increase PVC’s resistance to heat by up to 40% and that of shiny finishes by up to 28%.
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