Month: July 2020

How to Go Green in the Kitchen

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How to go green in the kitchen tips

Are you remodeling your kitchen? Building one from scratch? Do you have plans to change some things around to make the most important room of the home more functional and beautiful? At Neolith, we understand the power a brand-new kitchen can have, especially when it is stocked full of the latest and greatest smart devices and kitchen-ready tech. But what about sustainability? How can you go green in the kitchen?

Going green (and staying green) is one of the most important values we have at Neolith Sintered Stone. We are committed to the environment and every one of our customers by providing green and sustainable surfaces and resources to help homeowners be kinder to the Earth. That is why we created this guide for the best and easiest ways to going green in your own kitchen. 

Stick With Gas Appliances

What is more energy-efficient? Gas or electric? It largely depends on the type of appliance you are using to cook and how often you cook. However, for the average homeowner, it can be safe to say that gas-powered appliances are greener than electric stovetops. This is because gas heats up instantly, rather than having to stay on for longer periods of time while it heats up. And once it’s heated, it wastes no heat after cooking. The lower the BTUs of the stove, the less energy you will put out. 

Buy in Bulk 

Your kitchen appliances aren’t the only thing that can help you go green. The food you store and prepare in your kitchen can also make a huge difference. If you love to cook and you have a few mouths to feed, consider buying in bulk. 

According to Supermarket Guru, buying in bulk helps the environment because there is less packaging that ends up in landfills, not to mention fewer auto emissions due to decreased trips to the store. Buying in bulk is a smart plan for the benefit of your family and your home – but make sure that you don’t let all of that good food go to waste! 

Invest in Lasting Materials

You want kitchen utensils that are going to last you quite a long time. For example, if you like to make use of pots and pans often, you’ll want some cookware made with stainless steel or cast iron. These materials are built to last, and they can stand the test of time no matter how often you use them. This means that you will produce less waste, and you will have fewer things to fill up those landfills year after will. That’s what sustainability is all about – making things last without creating waste. 

That is another good reason to invest in our Neolith sintered stone countertops. Sintered stone is 100% environmentally friendly as it is recyclable, functional, and long-lasting. You can trust in the structural integrity of your sintered stone countertop for a lifetime, and you don’t have to use abrasive chemical products to clean it.

Properly Dispose of Old Appliances

If you are looking to replace your old stove or dishwasher with a new and improved, eco-friendly appliance, don’t just throw your old appliance away without doing some proper research. Did you know that there are many different organizations and communities who will take your old appliance and give it to a family in need? That way, it doesn’t sit out on your curb and then waste space in a junkyard with all of its non-biodegradable parts. You are helping both your planet and your community with this one! 

Go Green in Your New Kitchen!

Our Neolith experts are excited to witness the future of kitchen appliances and cooking habits. Going green is an important initiative and an excellent reason to invest in an overall kitchen upgrade. Neolith sintered stone is one of the leading kitchen countertops products in South Africa. Get into your kitchen remodeling plans and invest in a greener living situation today. 

What Your Countertops Can Do For Your Mood

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Sintered stone countertop colors can affect your mood and emotions

When it comes to designing your home, picking the right colors and textures isn’t just about creating the right aesthetic. Interior design is as much about how a room makes you feel as it is about how the room looks. This is where color psychology comes in. For many years, designers, artists, and even some psychologists have subscribed to the belief that specific colors can affect your mood. However, there has been remarkably little research on the subject, leaving those who might be more skeptical with little to cling to. 

Despite the lack of precise scientific data proving that yellow can make you anxious and green can have a calming effect, there is little denying that different ranges of color do interact differently with natural light. The evidence for the impact of natural light on human emotions is clear. To put it simply, dark colors are more likely to absorb natural light, and lighter colors are more likely to reflect it. Therefore, it is important to keep the balance of light and dark in your home with flexibility allowed for personal taste and the amount of natural light that your home typically receives.

Color in Stone

Your countertops are a surprisingly great place to play with color. Thanks to modern technology, there are new stone-composite and concrete materials that don’t just mimic stone, they surpass it. Rather than having to deal with the natural imperfections of quarried stone in limited textures and colors, there are now limitless possibilities with all of the sturdy qualities you might expect of granite or marble. 

Neolith finishes are a line of diverse finishes that hammer the point home. They showcase surfaces that replicate a variety of natural stone and wood finishes. These modern countertops offer you more choices than ever. And allow you to find the perfect balance of subtle light and cozy darkness in your home. However, it can be challenging to find that balance for yourself, so here are a few things to consider.

How Much Sunlight Does Your Home Get?

If you live in a region with dense forests, frequent fog, or long winters, that environment will have a major effect on your décor decisions. Living in a home that receives less natural light can put a real damper on your mood. In fact, it may increase your chances of developing depression if you don’t spend enough out in the sun. 

In this case, you will want to increase the number of lighter surfaces in your home. These will naturally reflect light, giving the impression of a brighter environment. Your countertops are a great place to apply this neat trick. Especially if you opt for a highly polished surface, which can exponentially increase its ability to reflect light. 

On the other hand, if you live in an area with lots of light and regular heat spells, you may want to introduce warmer and darker tones into your décor. Sintered stone countertops with a faux wood finish are one way you can introduce colors that subtly absorbs more light. Doing so you avoid a harsh brightness that could make you feel a little on edge.

Do What is Best for You

It is definitely important to think about how the balance of colors can affect your mood daily. But when you’re making these crucial decisions consider patterns in your own mental health. Do your best to identify what environments make you feel comfortable by thinking about your favorite places to spend your time. Analyze the colors and tones that you enjoy in that space and introduce them throughout your design. With all of the choices available to you, there is no limit to what you can create.  

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Sanitizing Quartz Countertops

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Staying safe means knowing about sanitizing quartz countertops in your kitchen

Quartz countertops are beautiful, long-lasting, and classy. They are a great way to make your kitchen stand out from the rest. However, they come with unique differences when it comes to cleaning as they are much different than standard countertops. While summer is in full swing, the fall brings flu season, which means you need to be extra careful sanitizing your hard home surfaces. Countertops are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria as the surface is used for so much. Between cooking, preparing your food, and setting down your personal belongings, you can do a number on your countertops. Below you will find information on sanitizing quartz countertops without damaging them. 

Benefits of a Quartz Countertop

Quartz countertops are human-made and engineered from ground quartz, resins, and pigments. Besides the gorgeous aesthetic of a quartz countertop, it is also an excellent material for kitchen countertops as it is non-porous. This is all thanks to the resin that fills in all the cracks and holes that may come with other types of countertops. Quartz is also more stain-resistant, doesn’t need to be sealed, and has fewer bacteria as compared to something like granite. It is also more aesthetically beautiful than most other countertops and is a great addition to almost any décor theme.

Sanitizing Your Quartz Countertops

Between kids, guests, food preparation, and setting everything on your counter, it’s bound to have some germs you don’t want. All of these can result in your countertop becoming a breeding ground for harmful bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli, the common cold, or even the flu. While you may be busy between kids, friends, personal life, and your career, it’s important not to forget about sanitizing quartz countertops. Below are some of the most common things that can create space for harmful bacteria to grow:

  • Raw meat
  • Eggs
  • Grocery bags
  • Purses
  • Mail
  • Keys

To maintain a healthy surface, you should clean your countertops daily and disinfect them at least twice a week. An EPA-registered disinfectant spray can remove harmful bacteria in just two minutes. When disinfecting, spray the cleaner (be sure and verify it can be used on quartz just for good measure) from at least six to eight inches away. Allow it to sit for two minutes on the surface and be sure you have covered the entire area with the cleaning solution. 

Wipe the counter off with a clean cloth and be sure to repeat at least twice a week. If you cook and set your belongings on the counter often, disinfect your counter more frequently. Refrain from using products that will damage the bond between the quartz and resin in your counter. Products that are highly acidic or have high alkalinity can do major damage, including glass cleaners, nail polish remover, oven cleaners, and concentrated bleach. You should also avoid using abrasive sponges or scouring pads as those can reduce the shine of your polished countertop.

Countertop Experts

If you are looking for new countertops, contact Vadara Quartz. They are the leaders in kitchen and dining surfaces. Vadara Quartz surfaces includes the finest quality quartz surfaces in the industry combining beauty, function, innovation, and value. They are so confident in their product that they provide a lifetime warranty to all customers, residential and commercial. There are Vadara distribution centers located all over the nation, including a large network of authorized dealers around the country. Check out their website for their latest inventory and to see what is trending. Contact Vadara for more information and any questions you may have!

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