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To answer your question, yes, a trivet is an excellent way to protect your counter from heat damage
These are great because not only do they provide protection for the user and the counter, but there are soo many available
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Yes. I'm here Mike
i think trivets are great
like i was saying, there are so many available out there
you can get your basic glass or wood, or even some ecclectic designed ones if you like
its really easy to match the decor that you already have in the kitchen
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.
Ah ok I understand
are you definitely going with acrylic tops?
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.
I meant surfaces
Believe me I understand the frustration
Well no matter what
regardless of the type of counter you go with
i think a trivet is a good idea
Even if you had it at the table
it would keep it off the hot table
It won't scratch the surface of acrylic
well if you go with a wood one
and you could put on those little sliders
It does have little metal legs on it.
oh oh you mean you have once already?
No. I've just seen a few trivets before, I was just wondering if a metal trivit might scratch the acrylic surface
Well really anything can scratch anything(probably not granite) if you drag it all over the place
heck, the regular dishes in theory could scratch
it would work, but you would just need to be careful how you moved it around
I was going to suggest something of a wood
perhaps something that matched your cabitnets or the palette of your kitchen or dining area
nothing wrong with iron
just thinking of ease of use and versatility
No I'm decciding between acrylic, granite, and quartz
for tops, i think if the budget fits it, and you can find a good slab granite is lovely
i had granite tops at a previous residence
cleaning was a SNAP
never had to worry
I don't like that granite could be porous, and the seal has to be rplaced every year.
right but they are considerably more robust
i think it depends on how much you plan to "abuse" the tops
take a look at this
How much does it cost to have someone come in an reseal a granite countertop?
i think its going to be independent of the place you live
it would be really hard to give an answer based on your area, as well as the amount area
take a look at that trivet
so you can get an idea of what i mean
It's a very small kitchen
Are those wood?
The trivets, I mean.
yea those are
there are tons
there is a place in NY that makes amazing pieces
they can make them anyway you want
cut, size, wood
you WILL be able to find a trivet you want
because there are so many of them
So just make sure to put one any hot pot when placing the pot on an acrlic countertop. Seems easy enough.
a little warm is fine
to put a trivet under a hot pot
HOT will scorch
yea trivets are great
and if needed they can be used on the table
or anywhere else if you needed to
basically like a coaster
Scortch the trivet or the countertop?
for a hot pot
because its acrylic
heat and synthetics do not go well together :)
Are you saying then that a trivet will not protect an acrylic top from a really hot pan, or pot?
I am saying it will protect it
I am saying you should be using one
Ok. So trivets come in wood and mental on little three legged stands. How else do they come?
i have seen ones with a glass face, wood frame
metal ( I'm tired and going mental over this. lol).
I have seen plain old ugly cork
lol its ok
you can get higher ones, or lower ones like I think you have seen
that one is super sharp looking
to my eyes anyway
great. just want a trivet that's less likely to scratch or dent the acrylic top
acrlic is water proof?
it won't need a protective layer on it
the acrylic will not need anything
it's really waterproof. Completely non porous?
non porous, correct
great. So all I need to do is be careful about the heat? Anything else with acrlic?
i dont think so, some people like to "polish" the countertop
but thats like years down the road
a couple hundred degrees is ok
Is it right that some kinds of polish can dull it while others brighten it?
but a super scalding raging red hot pot is not a good idea
with todays technology, anyting super abrasive(physical abrasives) will dull things
chemical polishes will brighten it
but in your case
you really wouldn't need anything
regular lightly cleaning is much easier than heavier stuff down the road
kind of like keeping the car clean
and the house
its easier to do a little bit regularly
then a TON, every once in a while
What cleaner and cloth would you recommend?
for acrylic, your multisurface cleaner of choice and probably a microfiber
or paper towel
i use microfiber ALOT
on a lot of surfaces
they make life really easy
plus you can get them cheap and reuse them just by throwing them in the wash
OK. Sounds like for saving $2800 for acrylic over quartz is a better "Value."
Sounds like it to me too
Acrylic is really nice
Oh one more thing here
Acrylic doesn't like things dropped on it
like small bumps and stuff are fine
but something heavy slamming on it is likely to ding it slightly
Are accidents like that repairable?
it depends on the extent of the "injury"
best to avoid slamming things on it
just keep the heavy stuff in the lower sections
Going to change the subject slightly. What do you think of thermafoil for resurfacing the cabinets and cabinet doors?
I actually don't have experience with thermafoil on cabinets
the common recommendation is painting
thermafoil is nice and easy
but i have not used it first hand
I C. OK cool. What do you mean about keeping the heavy stuff in the lower sections?
there are some complaints about it bubbling
Yes, I know, but Sears promises a lifetime warrenty.
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
well if sears has that, and you think you would enjoy the look
then go for it
the warranty is great
thats a great perk
I'm going too. Thanks Mike. I really appreciate it..
You are more than welcome, been a pleasure working with you
You can request me in the future the next time you have a question
You'e made my choice easier.
Good, I am very glad
the kitchen is going to look great
thats really exciting
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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.
Yep, and you have the added perk of that warranty.
Right!. Ok Mike. Have a great night and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Merry Christmas! Thank you so much! You do the same!!
Are you able to see a rating screen?
Yes. I was trying to use it.
ah ok, just wondering as there are sometimes some issues
I'm trying again right now.