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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. 

Using Stone in the Shower

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Using stone in the shower example: stone sink, toilet, walls, and shower.

Natural stone has always been one of the most popular options when it comes to decorating interior floors, walls, and motifs. But what’s the best kind of stone to use in a shower? Below we help you decide on using stone in the shower.

Keep in mind that the shower is a place for water, moisture, and steam to build up. Depending on the surface of the stone, this can also cause a buildup of residue. In order to avoid this, certain types of stone are preferred when constructing shower walls. 

Our Neolith pros know that sintered stone is one of the easiest types of stone to use in the shower because it is smooth and easy to clean. Take a look at some of the best stone options to use in the shower and consider what kind of stone would work best for your bathroom look and style. 

Best Types of Stone for the Shower

Any kind of stone that is smooth or processed without grout is a frontrunner for the best stone to use in the shower. The smoother and less textured the stone, the better! 

For this reason, the best types of stone include:

  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Tile
  • Sintered stone
  • Granite
  • Travertine

While all of the above options are viable for your bathroom, you may want to take a look at the Spruce’s pros and cons of stone in showers before choosing the right kind of stone for you. 

Why is Textured Stone Bad for the Shower?

Stone that comes with rough textures and grooves is so much more difficult to clean. Since showers deal with water all the time, you need to actively work to prevent a buildup of mold, mildew, and harmful bacteria that thrives in humid environments. 

Stone that comes with nooks and crannies, especially tiled stone that comes with grout, is just too difficult to clean. Something like sintered stone is smooth and does not come with textures or grooves, making it so much easier to clean and better for using as stone in the shower. 

Not to mention that natural stone showers need annual sealing in order to further protect the stone against the water. A penetrating sealer will do the trick as it will allow the entirety of the stone protection while preventing it from breaking or chipping away. 

Stone Cleaning Tips

Once you have beautiful stone installed in your shower, you need to be sure to maintain it well in order to keep up that beautiful look. While there isn’t too much heavy-duty cleaning involved, make sure that you remove excess water from the areas at all times. After you finish taking a shower, wipe down the walls, and get rid of water droplets that may have formed. 

Make sure that your bathroom has good ventilation also. This will help clear the steam and humidity from the air after you finish in the shower, and it will prevent mold from growing in the shower. If you do end up having grout in your shower, make sure to spend time cleaning each groove and getting rid of dust, dirt, water, and mold buildups.

Keep Your Stone Safe and Beautiful!

Sintered stone bathroom surfaces are one of the best options for your stone shower because this type of stone resists harmful chemicals. While it’s no secret that you should never use acid to clean your stone, there are other types of chemicals that can be just as abrasive. NEOLITH sintered stone is designed to resist hard chemical cleaners while being really simple to clean up after every trip to the shower. With more than 50 types of sintered stone to choose from, there is no limit to how you can decorate your bathroom. 

Looking for more ways to learn about the best types of natural stone for your shower? Want additional information on NEOLITH sintered stone products? Reach out to us today! Our stone experts would be happy to help you make your interior and exterior design dreams a reality. 

Selecting the Right Facade For Your Building

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Selecting the right facade for your building takes careful consideration

When it comes to the visual design of your building, hardly anything is more important than the facade. As the literal face of the building, you want it to make a grand impression whilst conveying a tone that goes well with the theme of your building. Selecting the right facade for your building can take some consideration.

How do you go about this selection process? What kind of facade options are there? Our Neolith sintered stone pros have a saying: “A building’s face tells you exactly what lies within.” Below, you’ll find some tips and tricks for selecting the right facade for your building that successfully builds upon your preferred aesthetics. 

Know Your Climate

First, it’s important to be realistic, according to the building’s location. What kind of climate do you typically deal with in your area? For example, an area with a lot of sunlight may cause big flares through the window, making it difficult for people to work without the sun getting into their eyes. 

The direction your building is facing also plays a huge part in determining the correct facade. While looking at design and form is important, functionality is key. Don’t face your building in the same direction as the setting sun. You may want to invest in something that can ventilate air so as not to cause a wind tunnel. 

Get Height and Width Specifications

Facades that look great on smaller office buildings may not work on skyscrapers and vice versa. There is a lot of consideration to be made depending on how tall your building actually is. Taller structures require a certain amount of vented materials to easier withstand the elements, making it a safe and secure structure. The materials you choose must be able to resist wind, rain, and other weather patterns in order to function.

Look at Environmental Concerns

The environmental impact your building’s facade will have on its surrounding area is always an important factor to consider. Not only will your building’s facade change the visual landscape of the area it’s in, but depending on the materials you choose as well as the shape of the facade, it will also change the environment. 

Some materials are not very energy-efficient. Knowing the certain materials and conditions that are best used on a facade can significantly reduce the negative effects your building might have on the environment. A study by Taylor and Francis Online shows that simply improving the standards for construction has reduced negative environmental impact by 22%. It isn’t difficult to find something suitable for your building that also uses energy efficiently without adding undue stress and waste to the surrounding area. Not to mention, your building may become a good spot for birds to build their nests. 

New Vs. Revamped Facades

Your style, materials, and costs can vary widely depending on whether you are replacing an old facade or installing a completely new one. Certain materials are easier to use as a renovation tool rather than a material to build something new out of. It’s important to speak with your local professionals about your options for new versus revamped building facades. 

Selecting the Right Facade for Your Building!

Choosing the right facade is easier said than done, but hopefully, the above tips have helped you along in the decision-making process. You must first think about your building functionally, understanding what climate or weather-based limitations you have. It is also a good idea to consider making your facade as minimally impactful on the environment as possible. Not only will it save you money on your energy bills, but depending on where you live, you can also get a financial incentive for being eco-conscious. 

Ultimately, the style and design of the facade are up to you. This is where you have the freedom to build something that will make your building truly stand out. Stay informed about your options by contacting us online today! Whether it is providing tips on cleaning countertops or interior design, Neolith has your back.