A non porous countertop like quartz or granite is going to be most resistant to germs and bacteria.
The most important type of paint to use is a good quality paint. If you foresee a need to scrub the walls, an eggshell paint should be used. A semi gloss paint can be used, but shows more imperfections in the walls than an eggshell paint that will usually be sufficient for kitchen needs. Locally, we do a lot of referral work with Dunn Edwards.
Granite and quartz are the hardest material used in commercial and residential applications but I recommend always using a cutting board.
Although marble has a beautiful look, we would only recommend marble on a kitchen countertop if it was used in a small quantity for rolling out dough for baking. Marble is a very soft stone and will stain easily. Better applications for marble would be fireplace surrounds, walls, flooring or in bathrooms on shower/tub and vanities.
Sanded grout is used on tile with a grout joint width equal to or greater than 1/8 of an inch. Unsanded grout is used on tile with a grout joint width less than 1/8 of an inch and is recommended for use with polished natural stone products due to the narrow grout joints customarily preferred.
Sealing your grout with a penetrating/impregnating grout sealer will help prevent moisture absorption that can cause stains. Sealing your grout will also make your regular cleanings easier. When you pick up your grout sealer, be sure and ask for a “Grout Wand”. It makes grout joint sealing a breeze!
“COF” stands for Coefficient of Friction”. COF is a test used to measure the friction or slippage of a tile. The measurements are important factors to consider when evaluating a tile’s slip resistance. However, other factors can also affect slip resistance such as a person’s type of shoe, the degree of wear on that shoe and the presence of water or dirt on the tile’s surface.
Hardwood floors are not recommended for high moisture areas such as a bathroom with a shower or tub. The same is true for laminate-wood flooring.
We strongly recommend that you seal all of your natural stone to provide maximum stain protection. Select a high quality penetrating/impregnating sealer. These sealers will provide a natural, no-sheen look and are good for interior and exterior use.
Areas in the home that have high activity such as family rooms, hallways, stairs etc. would benefit from a durable carpet such as a textured, frieze, loop, berber, cut and loop or pattern. These styles will also help disguise the appearance of footprints. Be sure to also select a color that will minimize the appearance of dirt.
This possible odor usually comes from 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PC), a by-product of the latex binder used to hold the fibers and backing together reports the Carpet and Rug Institute. The odor is not harmful and will go away within a few days.