Month: May 2018

Making Your Bathroom Energy Efficient

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If you’ve been looking for more ways to go green and be energy efficient in your home, remodeling your bathroom into a more sustainable room is a great place to start. There are various appliances in your bathroom that are not environmentally friendly. Running water is a huge resource that is wasted every day from too many showers, and the use of sink water and flushing water in the toilet. The energy used to ventilate bathrooms and light them is also a huge drain on resources. Whether you’re remodeling your current bathroom or completely renovating a new space, the repipe specialists in Orange from Henrik Plumbing can help!

Bathtub and Shower

The easiest way to be more energy efficient in your bathroom is to cut down on water waste by limiting the number of bathes or showers taken per day, and minimizing the time spent using the running water. Try to take no longer than 15-minute showers if you can. Some people are quick to dismiss the use of a bathtub since some can be quite large and require a few gallons to fill the tub. However, it is more prudent to fill one bathtub than to take a shower longer than 20 minutes, and if you have children, you save water by bathing them rather than using the shower. For a simple energy saver in the shower, switch up any outdated heads for newer models that are designed to deliver powerful streams with less waste.

Sinks

A quick way to reduce water waste is to start paying attention to how much runs out of your sink in a given day. If you’re washing dishes, turn the water off between wipes and use your sponge and soap with the water it has already absorbed. When you’re brushing your teeth, make sure the water isn’t running unless you’re using it to rinse. Replacing your faucet can be a better step in the long run as newer models allow for a steadier stream that feels like more water than is actually running out. Removing and replacing faucet pipes can be a difficult and complicated process, so if you don’t have the experience to do it yourself, call a repipe specialist in Orange and avoid the mess and mistakes!

Lights and Vents

Venting your bathroom from shower steam can be a costly effort. For a greener approach, look for venting systems that are specially designed to use less energy but are still effective for keeping your bathroom dry. These venting systems are not industrial grade because you don’t need them for the size of most bathrooms and switching out models can help you severely cut down on waste. If you’re looking to find a more nature friendly way to light your bathroom, start small by switching out the bulbs in any lighting units with lower watt bulbs and more energy efficient products that are sold in most department and hardware stores. This is truly the only step that should be taken without the help of a certified professional, since lighting and the wires they are comprised of require an expert eye for successful re-wiring. If you’re looking for new lighting and new venting systems, try to find both in one product and you can check both off your list.

Repipe Specialist in Orange

Consult with Henrik Plumbing before attempting to do major remodeling to pipes or wires and remember to start small by turning off running water when you’re not using it and shopping for newer, more efficient energy saving models on all your bathroom appliances.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips You’ve Never Thought Of

How to Clean Your Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Organize

Use organizational funnels for things that accumulate on your countertops, such as
• Mail bin
• Key rack
• Baskets

Sweep

Clear crumbs off your quartz kitchen countertops by using a
• Plastic pastry scraper
• Old credit card
• Gift card

Run it over the surface of your counter, sweeping crumbs into your hand or into the sink.
You can use your scraper to lift of caked-on food too: Spray the spot with a cleaner (see below) and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Scrape off the residue, and wipe clean with a moist sponge or towel.

Eliminate Bacteria

Spray your counters with a germ-killing cleaner that’s safe for your quartz kitchen countertops (like Honest Company Multi-Surface Cleaner, 409 Stone and Steel Cleaner, or Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner.) Then, dry with a microfiber cloth – which fights streaks and bacteria growth.

To learn more about the ease of maintaining quartz, visit Vadara Quartz to see how to make your kitchen work for you.

Cleaning the Kitchen Floor

Mopping

When you mop, pay special attention to the corners by “hand mopping.”
Place your hand into an old sock and spritz with cleaner. Run your hand over the floor along the walls and into the corners where dirt and dust can accumulate, and the broom often leaves grime behind.

‘Washing’ Appliances

Refrigerator

Mix together equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle as a food-safe cleaner which you can store on your refrigerator door. Use the spray to clean up spills in your fridge as they occur.

Dishwasher

Fill a dishwasher-safe cup with vinegar (about 6-8 oz.) and place the full cup on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on the hottest and longest cycle – this will sanitize your unit as well as loosen the lime deposits, food buildup, and soap scum.

Microwave

Fill an 8 oz. cup with water and place it in the center of your microwave. Heat uncovered until the water starts to boil (about 1 minute.) The steam will loosen any old, caked-on food so you can wipe it off faster with a sponge or towel.

Sparkling Stovetops

Glass

To clean cooked-on stains off a glass cooktop, use a single-edged scraper or blade. Soak the stain in the strongest cleaner your cooktop can handle, letting it sit for a few minutes to loosen the grime. Next, scrape slowly, firmly, and carefully, holding the blade at a 30-40-degree angle. Finish by wiping the cooktop with a clean towel.

Gas

You can run the metal grates from your gas cooktop through the dishwasher regularly to keep them sparkling clean.

Electric

You must unplug electric cooktops before removing the burners. Then, you can wipe them clean carefully with a moist sponge, avoiding the electric prongs.

Making Cabinets Like New

In Front

Make a paste of baking soda and water to buff out stains on your painted cabinet. Apply the paste onto the stain with your fingers, and let it sit. Wipe away the paste with a damp cloth and buff the cabinet dry.

Inside

Empty out your kitchen cabinets at the start of every season and give the inside a good spray and wipe. Use a toothbrush to get into the corners and crevices where dust and crumbs can accumulate.

Vadara Quartz provides quartz kitchen counter tops which are not only beautiful and enduring – they are also stain and chemical resistant. In lab testing, household chemicals such as ammonium chloride showed no visible effect on Vadara Quartz, and the countertops remained stain-resistant after 24-hours of contact with Coca-Cola, red wine, black coffee, and orange juice. View the All-New 2018 Collection Now!