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Will a trivet protect an acrylic countertop from being damaged

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Will a trivet protect an acrylic countertop from being damaged by a hot pan or pot?

SpecialistMike :

My name is XXXXX XXXXX you available?

SpecialistMike :

Are you with me?

SpecialistMike :

To answer your question, yes, a trivet is an excellent way to protect your counter from heat damage

SpecialistMike :

These are great because not only do they provide protection for the user and the counter, but there are soo many available

SpecialistMike :

Hi there, can you see what I am typign?

Customer:

Yes. I'm here Mike

SpecialistMike :

Ok great

SpecialistMike :

i think trivets are great

SpecialistMike :

like i was saying, there are so many available out there

SpecialistMike :

you can get your basic glass or wood, or even some ecclectic designed ones if you like

SpecialistMike :

its really easy to match the decor that you already have in the kitchen

Customer:

This is the first time I've ever done a new kitchen. That is I'm not actually doing it with Sears. I'm just paying for it.

SpecialistMike :

Ah ok I understand

SpecialistMike :

are you definitely going with acrylic tops?

Customer:

That is I'm not doing it. Sears is. But the many types of countertop services and their pluses and minusus are driving me a little bonkers.

Customer:

I meant surfaces

SpecialistMike :

Believe me I understand the frustration

SpecialistMike :

Well no matter what

SpecialistMike :

regardless of the type of counter you go with

SpecialistMike :

i think a trivet is a good idea

SpecialistMike :

Even if you had it at the table

SpecialistMike :

it would keep it off the hot table

Customer:

It won't scratch the surface of acrylic

Customer:

?

SpecialistMike :

well if you go with a wood one

SpecialistMike :

and you could put on those little sliders

Customer:

It does have little metal legs on it.

SpecialistMike :

oh oh you mean you have once already?

SpecialistMike :

one*

Customer:

No. I've just seen a few trivets before, I was just wondering if a metal trivit might scratch the acrylic surface

SpecialistMike :

Well really anything can scratch anything(probably not granite) if you drag it all over the place

SpecialistMike :

heck, the regular dishes in theory could scratch

SpecialistMike :

it would work, but you would just need to be careful how you moved it around

SpecialistMike :

I was going to suggest something of a wood

SpecialistMike :

perhaps something that matched your cabitnets or the palette of your kitchen or dining area

SpecialistMike :

nothing wrong with iron

SpecialistMike :

just thinking of ease of use and versatility

Customer:

No I'm decciding between acrylic, granite, and quartz

SpecialistMike :

for tops, i think if the budget fits it, and you can find a good slab granite is lovely

SpecialistMike :

i had granite tops at a previous residence

SpecialistMike :

cleaning was a SNAP

SpecialistMike :

super easy

SpecialistMike :

never had to worry

Customer:

I don't like that granite could be porous, and the seal has to be rplaced every year.

SpecialistMike :

right but they are considerably more robust

SpecialistMike :

i think it depends on how much you plan to "abuse" the tops

SpecialistMike :

take a look at this

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Customer:

How much does it cost to have someone come in an reseal a granite countertop?

SpecialistMike :

i think its going to be independent of the place you live

Customer:

S.E. Fla.

SpecialistMike :

it would be really hard to give an answer based on your area, as well as the amount area

SpecialistMike :

take a look at that trivet

SpecialistMike :

so you can get an idea of what i mean

Customer:

It's a very small kitchen

Customer:

Are those wood?

Customer:

The trivets, I mean.

SpecialistMike :

yea those are

SpecialistMike :

yep

SpecialistMike :

there are tons

SpecialistMike :

there is a place in NY that makes amazing pieces

SpecialistMike :

they can make them anyway you want

SpecialistMike :

cut, size, wood

SpecialistMike :

so really

SpecialistMike :

you WILL be able to find a trivet you want

SpecialistMike :

because there are so many of them

Customer:

So just make sure to put one any hot pot when placing the pot on an acrlic countertop. Seems easy enough.

SpecialistMike :

a little warm is fine

Customer:

to put a trivet under a hot pot

SpecialistMike :

HOT will scorch

SpecialistMike :

yea trivets are great

SpecialistMike :

and if needed they can be used on the table

SpecialistMike :

or anywhere else if you needed to

SpecialistMike :

basically like a coaster

Customer:

Scortch the trivet or the countertop?

SpecialistMike :

for a hot pot

SpecialistMike :

the counter

SpecialistMike :

because its acrylic

SpecialistMike :

heat and synthetics do not go well together :)

Customer:

Are you saying then that a trivet will not protect an acrylic top from a really hot pan, or pot?

SpecialistMike :

I am saying it will protect it

SpecialistMike :

I am saying you should be using one

Customer:

Ok. So trivets come in wood and mental on little three legged stands. How else do they come?

SpecialistMike :

i have seen ones with a glass face, wood frame

Customer:

metal ( I'm tired and going mental over this. lol).

SpecialistMike :

I have seen plain old ugly cork

SpecialistMike :

lol its ok

SpecialistMike :

you can get higher ones, or lower ones like I think you have seen

SpecialistMike :

that one is super sharp looking

SpecialistMike :

to my eyes anyway

Customer:

great. just want a trivet that's less likely to scratch or dent the acrylic top

Customer:

acrlic is water proof?

SpecialistMike :

it won't need a protective layer on it

Customer:

?

SpecialistMike :

the acrylic will not need anything

SpecialistMike :

the countertop

Customer:

it's really waterproof. Completely non porous?

SpecialistMike :

non porous, correct

Customer:

great. So all I need to do is be careful about the heat? Anything else with acrlic?

SpecialistMike :

i dont think so, some people like to "polish" the countertop

SpecialistMike :

but thats like years down the road

SpecialistMike :

and really

SpecialistMike :

the heat

SpecialistMike :

a couple hundred degrees is ok

Customer:

Is it right that some kinds of polish can dull it while others brighten it?

SpecialistMike :

but a super scalding raging red hot pot is not a good idea

SpecialistMike :

with todays technology, anyting super abrasive(physical abrasives) will dull things

SpecialistMike :

chemical polishes will brighten it

SpecialistMike :

but in your case

SpecialistMike :

you really wouldn't need anything

SpecialistMike :

regular lightly cleaning is much easier than heavier stuff down the road

SpecialistMike :

kind of like keeping the car clean

SpecialistMike :

and the house

SpecialistMike :

its easier to do a little bit regularly

SpecialistMike :

then a TON, every once in a while

SpecialistMike :

right?

Customer:

What cleaner and cloth would you recommend?

SpecialistMike :

for acrylic, your multisurface cleaner of choice and probably a microfiber

SpecialistMike :

or paper towel

SpecialistMike :

i use microfiber ALOT

SpecialistMike :

on a lot of surfaces

SpecialistMike :

they make life really easy

SpecialistMike :

plus you can get them cheap and reuse them just by throwing them in the wash

Customer:

OK. Sounds like for saving $2800 for acrylic over quartz is a better "Value."

SpecialistMike :

Sounds like it to me too

SpecialistMike :

Acrylic is really nice

SpecialistMike :

Oh one more thing here

SpecialistMike :

Acrylic doesn't like things dropped on it

SpecialistMike :

the tops

SpecialistMike :

like small bumps and stuff are fine

SpecialistMike :

but something heavy slamming on it is likely to ding it slightly

Customer:

Are accidents like that repairable?

SpecialistMike :

it depends on the extent of the "injury"

SpecialistMike :

best to avoid slamming things on it

SpecialistMike :

just keep the heavy stuff in the lower sections

Customer:

Going to change the subject slightly. What do you think of thermafoil for resurfacing the cabinets and cabinet doors?

SpecialistMike :

I actually don't have experience with thermafoil on cabinets

SpecialistMike :

the common recommendation is painting

SpecialistMike :

thermafoil is nice and easy

SpecialistMike :

but i have not used it first hand

Customer:

I C. OK cool. What do you mean about keeping the heavy stuff in the lower sections?

SpecialistMike :

there are some complaints about it bubbling

SpecialistMike :

the thermafoil

Customer:

Yes, I know, but Sears promises a lifetime warrenty.

SpecialistMike :

i just mean keep your lightweight kitchen items over top of the counters, keep the large, heavy clumsy pots and heavy things under the counter

SpecialistMike :

well if sears has that, and you think you would enjoy the look

SpecialistMike :

then go for it

Customer:

Gotcha

SpecialistMike :

the warranty is great

SpecialistMike :

thats a great perk

Customer:

I'm going too. Thanks Mike. I really appreciate it..

SpecialistMike :

You are more than welcome, been a pleasure working with you

SpecialistMike :

You can request me in the future the next time you have a question

Customer:

You'e made my choice easier.

SpecialistMike :

Good, I am very glad

SpecialistMike :

the kitchen is going to look great

SpecialistMike :

thats really exciting

SpecialistMike :

In the future, just use this link to ask me directly - http://www.justanswer.com/general/expert-cscsmike/

Customer:

OK. I will. That's it. I need some positive support. I was thinking "Oh woe is me. I'm not getting Granite or Quartz, and the "Cheap" stuff is not going to be good." I'm more confident now that for my budget the thermafoil and the acrylic will be fine.

SpecialistMike :

Yep, and you have the added perk of that warranty.

SpecialistMike :

Its perfect

Customer:

Right!. Ok Mike. Have a great night and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

SpecialistMike :

Merry Christmas! Thank you so much! You do the same!!

Customer:

Goodnight.

SpecialistMike :

Goodnight

SpecialistMike :

Are you able to see a rating screen?

Customer:

Yes. I was trying to use it.

SpecialistMike :

ah ok, just wondering as there are sometimes some issues

Customer:

I'm trying again right now.

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