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Learn Which Kitchen Sink Materials Can Best Resist Stains

Learn Which Kitchen Sink Materials Can Best Resist Stains

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right kitchen sink, including which one is going to be the most durable and look beautiful for as long as possible. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we offer many kitchen plumbing fixtures that can serve you for years to come, but today we are going to look at the types of materials that are least likely to become stained. Keep reading and then contact us at 626-799-3503 if you have questions.

Stainless Steel Resists Stains and Scratches

As the name implies, stainless steel resists stains. It also resists scratches and can withstand very high heat, which makes it a great choice for most kitchens. After extensive testing, Consumer Reports found that the gauge of the stainless steel did not affect how well it worked. For those who like the benefits of stainless steel but do not like the sound of the dishes on it, consider adding a specially made pad that can absorb that sound.

Cast-Iron Sinks Are Another Great Choice That Resist Scratches

Another durable option is a cast-iron sink. These are generally covered with porcelain or enamel, either of which is very durable. That said, remember that they are very heavy. You will need a solidly constructed cabinet in which to install this type of heavy sink. While temperatures will not affect cast iron, it is possible to chip the coating if silverware and other hard, sharp objects are simply thrown into them. Likewise, cleaning it with an abrasive cleaner can damage it.

Composite Granite Sinks Can Resist Many Things

A composite granite sink, which is a product that is engineered with real granite, is specifically made to resist scratches, chips, and stains – as well as fruit acids. As is true of stainless and cast-iron, composite granite sinks can handle extremely high temperatures and do not fade as a result of being exposed to heat. This option generally involves a matte finish that can handle a lot of abuse. That said, you still want to avoid abrasive cleaners.

Copper Sinks Are a Growing Trend

There are some real advantages to copper sinks. First, they are simply charming and help make any room more interesting. Second, they kill bacteria. Finally, it is as heat resistant as it comes – that’s why you often see copper on the bottom of pots and pans. The downside is that copper can change colors over time, and food acids and beverages can speed up that process. Cooper sinks are higher maintenance options than most.

If you are considering investing in a new sink, or other kitchen upgrade, we urge you to contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to find out what your options are. We carry the latest in design and provide a wealth of options for you. Call or stop by our showroom today.

Consider These 5 Steps to Pick Out the Best Bathroom Vanity

Consider These 5 Steps to Pick Out the Best Bathroom Vanity

Shopping for a bathroom vanity can be a lot of fun – until you become overwhelmed by all the options available to you. If you are in the process of narrowing down the options, we suggest that you consider these five factors in order to choose the right bathroom vanity for your choice. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are standing by to help you – just call us at 626-799-3503 to learn more.

  1. Think About Who Will Be Using the Sink and How They Will Be Using It
  2. One of the most important aspects of the vanity will be who is using it and what they will be using it for. If you are part of a couple then you may want a double sink, while a single person may want just a single. If you plan to do your makeup and hair at your vanity, then you will need more room and storage than someone who plans to simply wash their hands and brush their teeth.

  3. Determine Where Your Plumbing is Located
  4. One of the deciding factors in where you can install your vanity is where the plumbing is located. You can make changes to this, but it will cost time and money. Ideally, you would find a vanity that fits with your current plumbing. The location of the plumbing can also affect the style you can chose, as you would not choose a floor-mounted vanity if the plumbing hookups are higher than average.

  5. Consider What Issues May Affect the Right Placement
  6. You can change the bathroom fixtures, your first choice tub, and other designs. What is much harder to change is the position of doors and walls. Think about which way the door swings as you do not want to deal with a door that swings in and hits your vanity. If you have a shower door instead of a curtain, think about how that door could potentially get in the way. Finally, think about the flow of traffic – you do not want your vanity to make it hard to take advantage of the rest of your bathroom.

  7. Think About Storage
  8. Storage is one of the most important things in a bathroom yet it is something that many homeowners say they don’t have nearly enough of. Vanities can bring more storage but only if you choose the right one and put it in the right space. Think about how many columns of drawers you can reasonably accommodate, think about how cabinets will extend, and consider the entire room as a whole.

  9. Take Wear and Tear into Consideration
  10. You want a vanity that will look great the day it is installed but, more importantly, you want a vanity that’s going to look great years from now. You will find plenty of cheap materials that may fit the bill today but will need to be replaced much sooner than they should. Turn to Mission West Kitchen and Bath for high-quality materials and products at competitive prices.

Which of These Current Bathroom Design Trends Are You Most Excited About?

Which of These Current Bathroom Design Trends Are You Most Excited About?

There are some truly interesting trends coming out of the world of bathroom design this year. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are excited to see the changes and have stocked the latest and most modern options. Which of these current bathroom design trends is the most exciting to you? Give us a call at 626-799-3503 if you need help narrowing down your options or designing your bathroom.

Underfloor Heating

We’ve all done it: Gotten out of a hot shower on a cool day and found the floor freezing. This is why most people have bathroom rugs but a new trend is making those rugs obsolete: Underfloor heating. This may seem like a vanity trend but in truth it has a number of benefits in addition to keeping your feet warm. For example, its generally about 25% more effective than a traditional heating source, which can help you cut down on heating costs overall.

Quartz Countertops

It wasn’t long ago that it seemed every bathroom countertop was made from either granite and marble. Today, there are more options, the most popular of which is quartz. It is very durable as well as non-porous, which helps it resist stains, bacteria, and other types of germs. It can also be engineered to be the same color as your design, and be made into generally any shape to fit perfectly.

Frameless Shower Doors

It used to be that a shower curtain needed to be replaced every few months or it would become faded, stained, and covered with mold or mildew. Those days are gone. Today’s modern bathrooms have seamless, open flows that let in lots of light. Frameless glass shower doors are an extension of this trend. They are tough, they are durable, and they bring an elegant feel to a bathroom. They’re also very easy to clean and are much more resistant to mold than shower curtains.

Towel Warmers

This may seem like an extravagant addition – and it is! It’s a fantastic design element that offers a delightful experience each time you grab a towel from it. If you want a spa-like experience at home, then towel warmers are a relatively affordable luxury that you can enjoy every time you take a shower.

Freestanding Bathtubs

We are seeing a serious run on freestanding bathtubs. In the past decade, jacuzzi tubs have been all the rage but today many clients are looking for quieter, more relaxing tub experiences. We offer freestanding tubs in all types of finishes, including a vintage look, sleek modern feels, and even wood or copper.

Feel free to stop by our showroom to see some of the most recent design elements in person. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are standing by to provide you with an optimal buying and design experience. Give us a call at 626-799-3503 with any questions.

A Step-by-Step Process to Deep Clean Your Kitchen

A Step-by-Step Process to Deep Clean Your Kitchen

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we love helping our clients find the perfect kitchen appliances, fixtures, and more. One thing we often recommend before the remodeling process begins is a deep cleaning of the kitchen. Why? Because something that looks like it needs to be replaced may be perfectly serviceable if given a deep clean. Keep reading to find out our own step-by-step process to deep clean a kitchen, then stop by or call us at 626-799-3503 for help with all your kitchen design needs.

Deep Cleaning Kitchen Counters and Cabinets

The first step is to empty out your cabinets and drawers completely. Throw away anything that is not working at all and donate things that you are simply not using. Wash out the inside of your counters and cabinets and use a de-greasing product both on top and under your cabinets and on your backsplashes. If you have a wooden façade or metal hardware, polish it.

As you put everything back, check the expiration dates and remove anything that’s expired. If you have season items, put them in the very back. Group together commonly used and / or similar things in the front. Think about how your kitchen storage is being used and ensure you are using the space as wisely as possible. Clean off your countertops with the right solution for their surface material, and make sure you’re also cleaning all the items before they are returned to the countertop.

Deep Cleaning Appliances

Kitchen appliances withstand a lot of wear and tear. To make sure they are fresh, sparkling, and beautiful, start by wiping down the surfaces with a warm, soapy water mixture. Then rinse off the sap and buff them with a dry cloth. Empty your fridge of all food and throw away anything that’s expired. Then clean the inside of your fridge with dishwashing liquid and water. Baking soda is a great option to get rid of any odors to get rid of stains.

To clean your oven, get an oven cleaning product and follow the directions, being sure to also clean off the oven racks, grates, griddles, burners, etc. You can get rid of any tough stains on a glass or ceramic cooktop with a mixture of baking soda and water. Wipe down the exterior of your microwave and steam clean the inside by microwaving a cup of water for three minutes.

Deep Cleaning Kitchen Floors

Grab your vacuum cleaner and all its attachments. You can get into the crevices between your appliances and cabinets. Scrub the baseboards, remove any rugs, and remove chairs from the room. Mop the floor, working in a pattern that allows you to get out of the room without walking on a wet floor.

These are just a few ideas on how you can deep clean your kitchen before making design decisions. For help with kitchen appliances, hardware, fixtures, and much more, stop by Mission West Kitchen and Bath or give us a call at 626-799-3503.

How Tall Should Your Kitchen Island Be? Get Answers to This and Other Questions About Islands

How Tall Should Your Kitchen Island Be? Get Answers to This and Other Questions About Islands

In today’s world of kitchen remodeling, kitchen islands have become almost standard – and for good reason. They are beautiful, they add a lot of storage space, they add prep space, and they can also add an area for seating. However, not all kitchens are the right size or shape for a kitchen island. Keep reading to get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about kitchen islands and then contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 for help.

How Should Your Kitchen Island Be?

It depends largely on what your kitchen is mostly used for. If you are an average homeowner then your kitchen is likely mostly used to prepare food and cook. In that event, the recommend height is about 36 inches. Think of seating at this height as between the height of a kitchen table and your average bar stool. On the other hand, if your kitchen island is going to be used primarily as a place for extra seating and for eating, then 42 inches may be a better option.

How Wide Should Your Kitchen Island Be?

In most cases, a kitchen island is going to be about two or three feet. However, if you the room and you want more counter space or seating space, then you may want it wider. If you are going to install a cooktop or a kitchen sink in your island, then you may need to make it as much as seven feet wide.

What’s the Right Depth for a Kitchen Island?

We recommend that you do not build a kitchen island that is less than two feet deep. That said, make sure you are leaving enough room on all sides. For this, we recommend at least three feet of floor space on each end of the island. The point is that you should be able to easily move around the island. If you can’t, then you won’t get much use from it at all.

Do Islands Have Any Additional Uses?

Yes, they certainly can. If you need extra storage in your kitchen, you may want to install a few 24-inch base cabinets back to back under your island. You can also install a two-tiered kitchen island that has many functions, such as a lower level for food prep and higher level for eating. You could even install a second stove and / or sink to truly maximize your space.

What is the Next Step in Getting a Kitchen Island?

If you are ready to learn about more space-saving options and unique ways to improve the layout of your kitchen, then we recommend contacting Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to learn more about our unique options. You can also stop by our showroom to see the variety and quality of products we offer.

Simple Tips to Help You Choose the Right Drain for Your Bathroom

Simple Tips to Help You Choose the Right Drain for Your Bathroom

Choosing the right shower drain may seem like a minor consideration but in fact it is much more important than you may realize. It does more than let water drain – it also adds a unique look. You want something that is going to be functional but that will also look great. Keep reading to find out more about your options, then contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to learn more about your many options.

Understand the Two Main Options

While there are a seemingly endless number of shower drains on the market, they mostly fall into one of two categories: Point drains or linear drains. Point drains are more common and are what you likely think of when you think of a shower drain. They are generally installed in the middle of the shower floor and the floor is then sloped toward the drain.

In fact, the shower floor is actually a gently sloped funnel that moves all the water toward the drain. If this is the type of drain you want, we recommend looking for a square drain grate – not a round one. Why? Because tiles are square and we think that square tile drains fit in better than round tile drains – plus the installer will not need to make a round cut into your square tile.

The second type is a linear drain, which, as the name suggest is long and narrow. It offers added style to your shower and has become much more popular in recent years. Depending on your preferences, it could be installed in the middle of the floor, but more often they are installed along one wall of the shower. These involve the shower floor sloping gently and evenly toward the drain without a funnel. You can get linear drains in lengths of up to 72”.

Both linear and point drains will work equally well to get water away, unless you have an extremely large amount of water in your shower. However, you will find that point drains are generally more affordable than linear drains.

The Main Advantage of a Linear Drain

We discussed a big advantage of linear drains above (the fact that most tiles are square) but there is another one: You can use larger tiles. Since the floor slopes evenly in a single direction, rather than all toward the middle as with point drains, you can use one type of tile throughout the bathroom and it can be of any size. When many people are shopping for the right bathroom countertop options, it’s nice to be able to install tile throughout.

These are just a few tips about a few of the types of drains. If you have questions or want to see examples of these drains, please work with Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We are standing by to offer comprehensive help with all your bathroom and kitchen remodeling needs.

4 Space-Changing Tips to Maximize Storage Space in Your Kitchen

4 Space-Changing Tips to Maximize Storage Space in Your Kitchen

One of the biggest challenges homeowners face in their kitchens is finding enough space. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have helped with many kitchen makeovers and have found unique storage options. Keep reading to learn about four of our best tips to maximize storage area. Then contact us at 626-799-3503 or stop by our location if you want to see some ideas in person.

  1. It’s All About the Cabinets

  2. There is no area in your kitchen that is more valuable for storage space than your cabinets. This is not news to anyone, but we find that many homeowners do not act accordingly. Every single inch of your cabinets should be well utilized. Add multiple-shelf units to your cabinets, movable trays, and other additions that can make it simple and easy to use every square inch of space in your cabinets.

  3. Take Extra Time to Consider Where to Store Your Dishes

  4. Dishes are one of the most difficult aspects of your kitchen when it comes to organizing. Why? Because dishes take up a lot of space yet they are used every day. You want to keep them nearby, but this means giving up a lot of cabinet space. There are many solutions to this, such as adding dishes storage to your countertop, installing hooks for coffee cups and wine glasses, and storing less-often-used dishes away from your kitchen.

  5. Keep Your Drawers Organized

  6. Do you have a junk drawer in your kitchen where you throw the miscellaneous items that don’t have a home? If so, get it out of your kitchen. There is surely a room in your home that has an extra drawer – don’t waste one in your kitchen. You can also buy organization trays to make your cabinet drawers more space-effective. For example, you can stack short organization trays one on top of each other and effectively double your space.

  7. Stack When You Can

  8. It’s not always possible to stack but if you, do it. Buy bowls that match so that you can stack them. Stack larger plates underneath smaller plates. Choose coffee mugs that can be stacked. It’s such a simple thing but, as we mentioned above, if you make every inch of your cupboards and cabinets count, you will get the most from the room you have.

Do You Need Help Finding the Best Kitchen Appliances and Remodeling Materials?

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we offer everything you need for your kitchen remodel in one convenient place. From lighting to new plumbing fixtures, from countertops to vanities, we can find exactly what you need. Don’t waste time going to dozens of stores when a single retailer offers everything you need. Call us at 626-799-3503 with questions or stop by our location at your convenience.

Don’t Forget to Consider Safety When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

Don’t Forget to Consider Safety When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

It is common for families to spend a great deal of time together in the kitchen. Whether prepping food, eating meals, or having a family meeting, it’s a cozy, warm place that everyone can enjoy. That said, it can also be a danger zone. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we encourage families to consider ways they can improve safety when they begin a kitchen renovation.

Fires Are More Common Than You May Think

Are you surprised to learn that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, kitchen fires while cooking are the top cause of home fires? It’s true. The good news is that there are ways to stay safe. Fire suppression systems can be installed to put fires out quickly if they do happen. Make sure that you buy only top appliances to reduce the chance of fires caused by faulty wiring. Organize flammable items, such as dish towels, away from open flames and stoves.

Think About How Your Kitchen Will Be Used

Your kitchen likely gets plenty of traffic. If that’s the case, then you should make sure that your kitchen is laid out in a way that when you are cooking, there aren’t kids running by, pets underfoot, etc. Do this by planning out the layout of your fridge, stove, and seating area. Do not put the range next to the door, as people are more likely to walk there.

Ensure Your Floor is Slip Resistant

As you shop for flooring, remember that slip-resistance is essential. You are looking for tiles, matte-finished wood, or laminates that are made to be slip resistant. Use cleaning supplies that include additional slip resistant properties and grease-removal compounds.

A Safe Kitchen is a Well-Lit Kitchen

One of the most common things homeowners overlook is having a well-lit kitchen. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we provide lighting solutions that ensure it’s easy to see while you’re prepping. We recommend plenty of overhead lighting as well as specific task lighting for your prep and cooking areas. LED is a great choice because it is both gentle on your eyes and it lasts a long time.

Contact Your Local Kitchen Design Expert for Other Safety Tips

Before you start your remodel or renovation, be sure to talk to the experienced professionals at Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We have many years of experience helping clients just like you as you search for the best materials and appliances for your remodel. You are not in this alone.

Whether you know exactly what you want or you need professional advice on which options are best for your project, we are here to help. Call us at 626-799-3503 with specific questions or visit us to see our impressive showroom.

Kitchen Faucets 101: Discover Which Option Will Work Best for Your Kitchen

Kitchen Faucets 101: Discover Which Option Will Work Best for Your Kitchen

When it comes time to remodel your kitchen, it can seem as though there are a million and one decisions to make. Some will be exciting and easy, while others may be more challenging. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we offer a wide range of materials in one place so you can do all your shopping with a company you trust. We also have designers on hand who can go over your choices and help you narrow down the options until you are left with the perfect results.

One of the decisions you may have to make is what type of kitchen faucet to install. Many homeowners put little thought into choosing the right one, but the fact of the matter is that you are likely to use your kitchen faucet daily. You want to make a choice that gets you something that’s both beautiful and functional. Today we are going to go over the main options and their benefits so you can decide what might work best for you.

Pull Out Faucets Are Often the Best Choice in Smaller Kitchens

If you have a limited amount of space around your sink, then a pull out faucet may be the best choice. It will come with an integrated pull-out sprayer, which means that you do not need to have another hole drilled to add a side-spray. If you end up needing to wash pots, pans, or other items that are too large to fit under the faucet, you can simply pull it out and fill it on the countertop. If you have an extra wide sink, or a double sink, the pull out option helps assure you can reach the entirety of your sink.

Pull Down Faucets Are Popular for Professional-Looking Kitchens

If you want a majestic, professional-grade kitchen then a pull down faucet may be the best choice. It’s also a great choice if you have a very large sink. The main concern here is assuring that you don’t have cabinets above your sink. If you do, then you’ll nee to make sure that they are high enough that your pull down faucet’s movement is not restricted.

Dual Handle Faucets

This is a more traditional option in which one handle controls the hot water and another controls the cold water. These offer a classic look and can be a great choice in a vintage kitchen. For example, the bridge style double handle faucet, in which decorative pipe risers are above the sink, is particularly popular. The only issue with this option is that it can take longer to find the perfect temperature.

Call or Stop by to See Your Kitchen Faucet Options

If you are ready to find out more about the options that will work best for your needs, then we welcome your visit to Mission West Kitchen and Bath. You can also call us at 626-799-3503 if there are questions we can answer for you.

Here’s a Bright Idea: Make Sure Lighting is Part of Your Bathroom Remodel Plan

Here’s a Bright Idea: Make Sure Lighting is Part of Your Bathroom Remodel Plan

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have worked with many clients over the years, all of whom have different priorities when it comes time to design their new bathrooms. Some want a room with a vintage feel, others want a modern classic. No matter the style, no matter how much or how little room you have, every single bathroom has one factor that should always be carefully considered: Lighting.

To learn more about the important types of lighting you should consider in your bathroom, keep reading. Then contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by to let us help you fight the right lighting for your needs.

The Importance of Bathroom Task Lighting

In most cases, the first lighting we will recommend our clients decide on is their task lighting. As the name implies, this is the lighting that allows them to do what they need to do in the bathroom. For example, you would want direct light on your mirrors so that you can see clearly for applying makeup. A common mistake is to have only recessed lighting right above a mirror. This may look great, but it casts a shadow on the face and makes it hard to shave, get your hair done, or put on makeup.

We recommend task lighting that includes vertical fixtures, or perhaps scones, on both sides of the mirror. This provides not only plenty of lighting on the face, but even lighting.

Ambient Lighting is Important for Bathrooms with No Natural Light

If you have a bathroom with tall ceilings, a cove, cantilever details, or little to no natural light, then you may want to install ambient lighting along the perimeter. This will serve as fill lights and make the light in the room feel more natural. If you have decorative molding or other architectural details, you can hide the ambient lighting within in. The end result is a soft, cozy glow.

Accents and Decorative Lighting Make a Statement

If you have art in your bathroom then you may want accent lights to ensure that it is well lit. If you have installed a beautiful, unique tub then you may want to add accent lighting to showcase it. Likewise, you can always add lighting that acts as its own decoration. Consider a beautiful chandelier that will add light and beauty at the same time.

Consider the Types of Bulbs and Dimmers You Will Need

It is important to have the right fixtures but without the right bulbs, you will not get the results you want. Except for task lighting, which you may want to be very bright, you are likely to want softer lights in the bathroom. You may even add dimmers so that you can have bright lights when you’re getting ready, but softer, lighter ambiance when taking a bath.

No matter what your preferences are, you can contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath now to learn more about your millions of lighting options.