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RE: What did you introduce to your GC that impressed them? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Ginny20 on 02.18.2013 at 10:56 am in Kitchens Forum

Ecosmart 6" recessed LED's from Home Depot. GC suggested CFL's. When he saw these self-trimming, dimmable LED's, he said he was going to put them in his own house.


clipped on: 02.18.2013 at 11:45 am    last updated on: 02.18.2013 at 11:45 am

RE: Would you buy your Silgranit sink again? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: grlwprls on 01.10.2013 at 10:41 am in Kitchens Forum

But make sure they install the drain with silicone NOT putty. Putty will stain the sink from the oil base of the putty. Make sure your plumber knows this...but be nice (and gentle). Members have had plumbers leave in a huff when this was mentioned to them.


Sink installation
clipped on: 01.10.2013 at 07:00 pm    last updated on: 01.10.2013 at 07:00 pm

RE: I also need the stainless steel sink cleaning trick (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: kaijutokusatsu on 12.23.2012 at 05:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is my clipping from sherrilynn:
about any stainless steel sink. I recently had a huge compliment from my brother, a builder of high end homes. He was very impressed at how good my sink always looks. He is not a fan at ALL with SS. He prefers porcelain, which chips.

I asked him why he was so impressed with my sink and hates SS? It was because he has had to replace multiple high end sinks before closing because a workman or someone would have used a new homeowners SS sink and caused a 'scratch' in the bottom of the sink. The new homeowners would insist on a brand new sink before they would close.We all know that we can tolerate the damage that we do to our stuff, but not anyone else! When you spend well over a $1,000 to $1,800 for a sink, of COURSE you want it to be unblemished!

Well, I told him my 'secret' to keeping my 12" deep single basin Franke sink looking good. I've used this 'method' on ALL of my sinks and I just love it! My sink glows because of the 'patina' that it now has...and yours can, too. The finish looks better each time you use my method, too.

I use my sink! I also have a large family that I cook for and use some commercial size, heavy pans. Guests sometimes want to help in the kitchen, or teens, and they bang up the bottom, scratching the sink, and it will look just awful when they're done. They always apologize because they think they've ruined my sink. Never fear. I can 'fix' it in as little as 3 minutes from start to finish.

I've now trained my teens on how to help me maintain a good looking sink. AND if they scratch it, they restore it! It's that simple.

Here's what I do. About every other day, I use Bar Keepers Friend and one of the green scrubby pads that you can buy just about anywhere. It will keep average use to your sink 'maintained' between 'restoration' cleanings.

When there are scuffs and deeper scratches in the sink, I use sandpaper to wet-sand the metal in different grades of paper to restore the sinks. I prefer the black 'wet or dry' sandpaper by Norton that you buy at HD. I already have about 3" squares in multiple grades already cut out and in a baggy under my sink, so I'm ready when I need to 'do this'.

I start with about 150 grit working on the problem areas when I get to them, then work up to at least a 400 grit. I use small circular pattern and overlap all of my work. I never just 'rub' a scuff or scratch in a straight pattern; I always blend my work.

I start in the furthest back left corner and work across the back of the sink moving left to right, just as you would work if you were writing on lined paper. I do the entire sink bottom, then move to the sides. I start with 150 grit paper, then change to 220, then 320, then 400. I rinse the sink after each grit paper is used. Sometimes I use a little soap or BKF depending on my needs so I can move faster with the paper. Once you try it, you will understand what I mean.

I finish off with a good soapy rinse with a rag, then apply a 'finish' of Franke Inox cleaner or a wiping coat of vegetable oil. I have even used Rain-X to help repel spots. I'm just out of it right now and have been using up products I have under the sink. I use 'whatever' to just help the sink repel water right down the drain a.s.a.p..

My brother now had one of his guys using my method on their Franke sinks before final walk thru before closing on a new home. Guess what? They're not having to replace sinks anymore.

After you clean your sink a few times, your sink will start to gain a beautiful patina and smoothness to the finish and you will start to love stainless steel. I also use this method on my $10,000 Thermador Range top. It glows. I just love it.


Cleaning stainless steel sinks
clipped on: 12.26.2012 at 07:05 pm    last updated on: 12.26.2012 at 07:06 pm

RE: Crema Bordeaux with White cabinets? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: boxerpups on 01.13.2012 at 05:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wish I had more.
Here is what I have. Looks like lots of cream cabinets
with Crema Bordeaux. But keep in mind the right slab
would be beautiful.


Below pic Not sure if this really is CB. I think it is in the
crema family but not a bordeaux.



Inspiration pics
clipped on: 01.13.2012 at 07:03 pm    last updated on: 01.13.2012 at 07:04 pm

Soap Scum/Film On Glass Shower Doors

posted by: lovejoy on 06.06.2006 at 03:05 am in Cleaning Tips Forum

Hi there, we have slacked off on using the squeegee on our 1 yr old glass shower doors and now we have a film that appears to be soap scum that will not come off. The door that is always closer to the shower head will not come clean no matter what we do and the door that is not getting splashed as much looks brand new. I have used CLR, Easy Off Bam, Magic Eraser and scrubbed with comet to no avail. The door is clean but in the light it's not as sparkly as the other one and has a spotty film on it. We live in Florida so maybe it is something in the water. I know this is our fault but was wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how to make my scummy door look like new. Thank you in advance for your help.



Good cleaning suggestions
clipped on: 11.09.2011 at 12:15 am    last updated on: 11.09.2011 at 12:15 am

RE: Kohler soap dispenser and Never MT (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: breezygirl on 09.10.2011 at 05:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

It's only one of the slickest little why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas I've seen in a long time. I heard of it on the forum and can't wait to get mine. Two, in fact!

No more frequent and potentially messy refilling of your soap dispenser...

Here is a link that might be useful: Never MT


clipped on: 11.08.2011 at 01:00 am    last updated on: 11.08.2011 at 01:00 am