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Keeping Your Granite Countertop In Tip Top Condition

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Granite countertops are naturally resistant because of their naturally smooth and shiny surface. However, despite the tough exterior of granite countertops, they are sensitive to stains and scratches after prolong use. Here are some ways on how to care for your granite countertop and maintain its shiny and polished surface.

Clean granite countertops regularly. Your granite countertop has to be wiped down after each use. This is done not only for sanitation and hygienic purposes, but also to remove any leftover particles or substances that can scratch or stain it. The best cleaner that you can use is a simple solution of mild soap and water. Remember to rinse it with water to remove excess soap. Never use detergents, abrasive soaps, and rough sponges or scrubs to clean your granite countertop because they can cause scratches.

Seal granite countertops periodically. Sealing is a process of closing the granite pores to make them resistant to any type of absorption that can lead to moisture buildup and stains. Sealing also gives granite countertops their noticeable shine. We at Kenneth C. Lewis recommend having your granite countertop sealed once or twice a year, depending on how frequent you use it. However, if it is exposed to acidic or oily substances often, consider sealing it more than twice a year.

Use a chopping board or other alternative surfaces during food preparation. Using a chopping board to prepare food can protect your granite countertop from the cuts and scratches. Also, there are protective pads that you can stick under the blender, food processors, or other appliances. These pads do not only help you move around your appliances effortlessly they also protect your granite countertop from scratches and abrasions.

The New Trend In Countertops

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
New to the countertop market and put into the same category of natural stone is engineered quartz. Quartz is great by combining 93 percent of natural quartz with 7 percent resin to create a highly durable material that is twice as strong as granite. Just recently quartz has been marketed in North America but it has been in Europe for 15 years. Engineered quartz offers a countertop that is nonporous and stain resistant. The slabs being manufactured have uniform colors and patterns, making it easier for consumers to know that they will get what they want. Unlike granite, engineered quartz doesn't require a sealant, just a cleaning on a regular basis.
 
The only drawback with this type of countertop is that a hot pad is required when placing a hot pan on it, and it is as expensive as granite. However, the money invested is worth the quality, value, and the durability these countertops will have to offer. An option that some consumers take to save money is having the natural stone cut into pieces and placing them like tiles. Another affordable option is placing a slab over an existing countertop. Both natural stone and engineered quartz require the proper maintenance to avoid any discoloration, scratches, or other costly damages. Natural stone requires special sealants about every six months to a year. And always avoid acidic cleaners or solutions to prevent severe damage to the countertop

Difference between Furniture Refinishing and Restoration

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Antique furniture pieces may deteriorate over time, just like any other kind of material in the world. When this happens to your furniture, you are faced with the question of whether you should refinish or restore the antique piece. In choosing which process should be undertaken, it is vital for you to have a complete understanding of the difference between the two before you run hastily into the decision. And here at Kenneth C. Lewis  we can cover both of the needs for you.

But what is the difference between Antique Restoration and Antique Refinishing?  Well as the name implies, antique restoration process refers to the step by step procedures to restore the antique piece. Basically, the process ensures that the antique object will not lose its value or worth as time goes on. Antique restoration may refer to light cleaning, antique refinishing, or conservation.

Now, antique refinishing is a method of antique restoration. And in this restoration technique, the restorer usually prioritizes the upholding of the functionality of the antique furniture. So for example, if the antique furniture is a table, the restorer would have to make sure that the legs of the table are in good shape and condition to hold some weight on the flat surface where food can be displayed. As such, aside from light cleaning or the process of removing dirt and stain from the product, reassembling and repainting should also be a key factor. However, the restorer should make sure that regardless of whatever he does, the antique furniture should be able to retain, if not totally increase its value.

Benefits of Corian Countertops

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 02, 2010

Corian? What kind of countertop is that? Well at Kenneth C Lewis we only use the finest quality materials for our countertops, and corian is one of them. A brief history lesson entails; DuPont developed Corian, seeking to provide a solid, non-porous surface. It was introduced into the market in 1967 and it boomed instantly, because of its diverse use and easy maintenance.  Corian is a blend of natural materials and pure acrylic polymers. Some of the newer Corian countertops may offer a blend of polyester materials. Polyester is a more popular component for design, because it offers richer color options, however the durability compared to acrylic is far less. Because they are non-porous, Corian countertops are highly resilient to stains and high heat and are easy to clean.

The design and durability of Corian countertops make maintaining them easy. Just soapy water and ammonia-based products are the best to keep your Corian looking clean and new. Even scratches can be easily repaired with light sanding. Since it is made out of 100 percent acrylic-based material, it has a long-lasting beauty and superior strength. And it won't fade in the sunlight. The material's long history of use attests to its durability and help to sustain its positive characteristics and benefits.

A material this good has to be expensive right? Wrong. Corian is more affordable and provides greater beauty than laminate countertops, with less maintenance and repairs over the life of your kitchen design. Another benefit of Corian countertops is that they can be used outdoors and they do not pit, weather or lose their polished finish as stone does. So let Kenneth C. Lewis install your new Corian countertop today!

Cambria Quartz Countertops are Environmentally Safe and Healthy

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cambria offers distinct advantages in the areas of environmental health, safety and sustainability.  Cambria is committed to environmental responsibility in its product offerings and business practices. Product Attributes include:

  • Natural quartz; strong, durable and long lasting.
  • Cambria is nonporous and nonabsorbent, and therefore resists stains from common household items such as coffee, tea, and wine.
  • As the only quartz countertop produced in the USA, Cambria has lower transportation requirements than other quartz surfacing products produced in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
  • Cambria is GREENGUARD For Children and SchoolsSM certified.
  • Cambria is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®.
  • Cambria can contribute to projects achieving LEED points.
  • Cambria is certified by NSF International (Standard 51-Food Equipment Materials) as safe for use as a food preparation surface.
  • Cambria is radon free.

Cambria Quartz Countertops are unmatched

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 17, 2010
Quartz, The Natural Choice
One of the hardest minerals on earth, Quartz gives Cambria its incredible strength and durability.   In fact, Cambria is twice a s strong as granite.   Cambria employs the latest innovation and technology to blend natural quartz stones to create deep, highly unique color selections for this exceptional surface material (Cambria Quartz Countertops).

Quartz, the Safe Choice
Unlike Granite, Cambria is nonporous and nonabsorbent - eliminating the risk of both bacterial growth and staining caused by the penetration of food, wine or moisture.  Granite is actually rather porous, and subject to absorption and staining if not maintained with costly sealers, conditioners, and cleaners and wax.  Cambria requires no sealing, polishing or reconditioning ... ever.  Simply wipe Cambria with warm water - it's that easy.

Quartz, a Sustainable Approach
Cambria is certified by GREENGUARD as a low-emitting product for indoor air quality and is suitable for school environments.  Cambria has been thoroughly tested for radon by Air Quality Sciences, Inc.  These tests ha e independently confirmed that Cambria natural quartz surfaces have on harmful emissions of any kind.

Excellence Guaranteed
Cambria products come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty against manufacturing defects.  The quality and integrity of our material and our company are unmatched.

Restore or Refinish Old Furniture and Save $

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, June 06, 2010
Restore or Refinish Old Furniture - Furniture Refinishing, RI, MA

How many times have you looked at piece of your furniture and said, I have got to replace that?  We all do it.  Almost always we put it off because of the costs involed with buying new quality furniture.   There is an option that less costly.  Restoring or refinishing your furniture.

Kenneth C Lewis specializes in furniture and wood repair for antiques, specialty items, offices, libraries and entertainment centers. Other services include furniture structural repair and stabilization, precision repair of wood and laminate surfaces, refinishing and polishing, and color matching.

Whether it is enhancement, refinishing or restoration, Kenneth C Lewis offers dramatic results performing most repairs utilizing advanced products and processes.  Our experienced and skilled craftsmen can restore and enhance your wood’s natural beauty and strength virtually erasing scuffs, gouges, water rings, dents and other unattractive blemishes.

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Cleaning Granite Countertops

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 31, 2010
Cleaning Granite Countertops

Cleaning granite countertops is usually a simple matter of wiping the surface down with warm water and a soft cloth. But, if you choose to use a cleaning product on your granite countertop make sure it is a neutral (pH balanced) solution, as acidic cleaning products can abrade the polish from the surface. Manufacturers also suggest a once yearly application of non-yellowing wax to ensure your granite retains its original luster and shine. 

Is Cabinet Refacing for you

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 21, 2010

Is Kitchen Cabinet Refacing for You?

If your existing kitchen cabinets have that "Worn Out" or "Outdated" appearance, but are solidly constructed, then REFACING is most likely the answer for a FRESH, NEW look in your kitchen. Having your kitchen cabinets torn out and replaced with new kitchen cabinets can cost a Fortune, and you might not get the same quality as the cabinets that you HAVE RIGHT NOW!  We regularly save our customers over HALF the cost of New Replacement cabinetry.  More importantly, The quality of our work always ends up surpassing even the highest of expectations from our customers.

Lastly, cabinet refacing by Kenneth C Lewis is done to your satisfaction.  Our approach and porcess allows for the least disruption possible when it comes to using your kitchen

Cabinet Refinishing Defined

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, May 15, 2010
Painting Cabinets: Painted cabinets can add a new look and style to an otherwise dreary kitchen. A tough scratch resistant finish is possible, resulting in an entirely new look that is easily maintained. All of this for a fraction of the cost of a new set of wood cabinets or vanities.

Use Glazes for a Decorative Effect: Using a glaze over paint is a great way to highlight details and give the cabinets a unique look. A glaze can be used for an aged look to newly painted cabinetry.

Apply a Crackle Finish to Cabinets: This is a popular way to create a new and different kind of look. Crackling can be a bold statement or a subtle change with the right choice of paint colors. Add some glazing and crackling can take on the look of very old cabinets.

Antiquing Cabinets for a Unique Look: This involves distressing an existing finish or antiquing can be combined with new stain. Many unusual effects are possible.

Revitalize Your Current Finish: If you like the current look of your kitchen or bathroom, the finish can be revitalized to look new again. Stained cabinets can be brought back to life with just a little elbow grease, the proper materials and some good tools. Refinishing kitchen cabinets is one of the most popular and cost effective refinishing projects for both the homeowner and professional painter.

Restain Over the Existing Finish: Retaining over existing finishes is another possibility. This typically involves the use of a gel stain and can produce dramatic color changes, especially with light stained cabinets. Restaining cabinets is an excellent alternative to replacing or refacing. Restaining cabinets using gel stain over a preexisting wood finish is also an alternative to stripping and sanding down to new wood.

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