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Mold spores are can be found easily in our homes, scattered in many surfaces, clothes and indoor air. On small amount, this condition is quite normal and often happens every day. Usually, most of those spores are entering our homes from outside environment.

In large amount, the spores will jeopardize the health of people who live in the house. Therefore, cleaning the house regularly is a must thing to do. People need to clean any area where the molds are staying to prevent the mold from multiplying and keep the indoor environment healthy.

People need to be cautious if there is large amount of molds growing in some areas in their homes. This condition usually occurs when the humidity level on the area where the mold grew is increase more than in normal condition which is caused by water leak or flood.

When the mold grows, they are releasing their spores in the air. The airborne spore will spread to other areas in your homes. If this condition is not being taken care of properly, the mold will damage the house and its furnishing.

The home structural elements will get weaken and finally damage by the mold if home owner do not control the mold level in their home and let it grow uncontrolled. There are no certain methods to remove all the molds from inside our homes, but proper cleaning that is performed regularly will help to control the mold’s growth to the minimum level and avoid the damage in the house.

Structural damage to your property and any items inside of it is not the only threat from the existence of molds in the house. The health of people who are live in the house is also at risk.

Normally we are been exposed by molds and or its spores every day. But, it is only in a small amount, so our body resistance can still fight the molds without any bad side effects, although for sensitive person, they can get sick even with small amount of mold exposure.

There are some methods to help home owners to control the mold growth in their home and keep it to the minimum level;

Install proper ventilation in the bathroom and other areas where the moisture level are high to the outside of the house.

Check the AC ventilation regularly to make sure that it did not clogged or blocked by dirt or other foreign materials.

Use de-humidifiers appliance in crawlspaces like in the closet, attic and basements.

Install an exhaust fans in the kitchen and use it when cooking.

Apply insulation on the surface of cold objects such as air ducts or water pipes to reduce the risk of condensation

Use moisture sensor to detect the increase of humidity in some areas where there are risk of water leak

This is the last parts of materials that are often used as kitchen countertop. In this post we will talk about countertop that is made using hardwood, laminate and acrylic material.

Hardwood

Countertop which is made from hardwood is also known as Butcher Block Countertop because it is often used by butcher in their shop. Any types of hardwood can be used as countertop material, but usually the wood from oak or maple tree are the most popular hardwood for this purpose.

Hardwood countertop has warm and beautiful appearance with variety of textures, colors and shades. Hardwood countertop can also be used as secondary cutting board as long as the home owner does not mind that their countertop will get scratch all over its surface.

If the hardwood countertop get scratch, stain or deep cuts, it can be fix and sanded easily and then re-coating it to restore its appearance. The price for this type of countertop is somewhat more affordable to home owners.

The drawbacks of using this type of countertop are the material is quite soft, so it can chip, dent, scratch or get burn easier. Due to its nature characteristic, the hardwood shape can also change. It can get shrink or warp over the time.

The hardwood color can also affected by moisture, especially near the sinks where it often gets contacted by water. To prevent this from happening, regular sealing is needed to preserve the color.

Laminate

Formica commonly used as the material for laminate countertop. It is a thin plastic layer which is glued to a wood or particle board to imitate the appearance of hardwood but with lighter weight. There are countless of color and the pattern from this material.

Because this type of countertop is easily manufactured the price for this material is quite cheap. The plastic material has high resistance again stain and easily clean without too much of effort.

The laminate countertop has less durability compare to the other materials. It has weak resistance again scratch and heat. It is also vulnerable against abrasive cleaner that can make the color become dull. Even without using the abrasive cleaner, the color of this material will fade over the time. The laminate countertop is also weak again moisture. The plastic can warp and the glue becomes weak if it constantly exposed to water or high humidity.

Acrylic/solid surface

Solid surface or acrylic countertop are custom made counters that are used for special purpose or application. It is stronger and more durable than laminate countertop. It is also high resistance against water and even against bacteria and molds.

The material is non porous, so it high resistance against water and easier to clean. Although it has weak resistance against scratch, any scratch or damage can be sanded easily. The material is weak against heat, so it can get burnt easily.

So, with the variety of options that you can choose for your kitchen countertop, you can choose the material that suit with your taste, condition and budget. Renovating the old countertop could make good statement and enhance the appearance of your kitchen.

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