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  • mind the gap
    started a topic Kitchen Worktop Suitable for Student Property?

    Kitchen Worktop Suitable for Student Property?

    I'm considering replacing a low-quality kitchen work surface (in a student rental property) with a more robust one. Not sure if it's worth forking out for one of the newer types which have a 3mm layer of acrylic and minerals (?) bonded to a chipboard base, but the cheap ones just seem to swell up if anywhere near a dishwasher/water (which is why we are replacing the existing one).

    Any recommendations for ones anyone has found to be hardwearing and good value - preferably with some idea of unit price - welcome!

    Thanks in advance.

  • Moderator1
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    Less-serious posts (about Calendars, whether WI or otherwise) have been moved to http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ad.php?t=29444.

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by roryl View Post
    I was told by a Hotpoint engineer to put a tea towel in a boiling wash but I don't see what purpose it serves.

    Maybe someone could shed some light on the reason for this.
    Perhaps he had caught sight of your tea-towel

    After all, you are a student, aren't you?

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by westminster View Post
    Can this be done with the machine empty, or do you have to put some token laundry in it? (not sure I have anything apart from tea towels which would survive a boil wash).
    I think the idea is to run it empty of laundry.

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  • jeffrey
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    It makes the tea-towel clean.

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  • roryl
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    Originally posted by westminster View Post
    Can this be done with the machine empty, or do you have to put some token laundry in it? (not sure I have anything apart from tea towels which would survive a boil wash).
    I was told by a Hotpoint engineer to put a tea towel in a boiling wash but I don't see what purpose it serves.

    Maybe someone could shed some light on the reason for this.

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  • westminster
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    Originally posted by Rodent1 View Post
    Agree with this, also washing machine should be put on boil wash at least once a month
    Can this be done with the machine empty, or do you have to put some token laundry in it? (not sure I have anything apart from tea towels which would survive a boil wash).

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  • Rodent1
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    Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post
    One of the best tips I've had for improving dishwasher performance came from an engineer who came out to repair ours once, when over a long period, was just refusing to get stuff clean despite ensuring all the filters were clear, etc.

    Having removed the covers, it became apparent that the tubes through which the water was transported around the casing were thoroughly clogged with all manner of grease, gunk etc - really nasty. He said we should be running the machine empty and very hot every couple of months or so using those one of thise 'deep clean' detergent bottles, which being quite expensive I'd hitherto ignored as being just another bit of manufacturer's BS to help part me from more of my hard-earned - however, the guy was totally right.

    We use them regularly these days, and never have a problem with mucky washing up (except sometimes when she sets it going; because as everyone knows, girls don't know how to load a dishwasher properly...)

    Agree with this, also washing machine should be put on boil wash at least once a month especially if you use liquid detergent and/or fabric conditioner as these "gunk" the pipes up.

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  • Interlaken
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    May I suggest you check the seal on the dishwasher. A faulty seal could be allowing steam out to the underside of the worktop.

    Failing that my favourite tenant proof product is UPVC white plastic that builders do soffits, window frames etc with. I do bathroom ceiling with it - no painting, no mould and virtually indistructable - not suitable for worktop though.

    It comes in all sorts of profiles and plain board, is very cheap and could be stuck to the underside of the worktop with Pink adhesive - check it out at www.toolstation.com. Sticks just about anything in construction and DIY - you use it with a gun type thing.

    Look up UPvc suppliers in a directory - it is expensive and B&Q/Wickes and they don't have the range specialist suppliers have.

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  • Ericthelobster
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    One of the best tips I've had for improving dishwasher performance came from an engineer who came out to repair ours once, when over a long period, was just refusing to get stuff clean despite ensuring all the filters were clear, etc.

    Having removed the covers, it became apparent that the tubes through which the water was transported around the casing were thoroughly clogged with all manner of grease, gunk etc - really nasty. He said we should be running the machine empty and very hot every couple of months or so using those one of thise 'deep clean' detergent bottles, which being quite expensive I'd hitherto ignored as being just another bit of manufacturer's BS to help part me from more of my hard-earned - however, the guy was totally right.

    We use them regularly these days, and never have a problem with mucky washing up (except sometimes when she sets it going; because as everyone knows, girls don't know how to load a dishwasher properly...)

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  • Rodent1
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    I give up, then. I can only assume you are getting the equivalent of reflux, but in your drains. Gross!
    Relux in my drains ...cobblers!

    Weetabix dried onto a bowl, which has been left from 8am to 9pm will not get washed off by any dishwasher that i have ever owned.

    Nor ready brek, egg, tomato sauce or a whole number of other dietary delights!

    A quick rinse and wipe over soon after meal has finished removes the problem.

    Aha i have the answer ...do you lick your plates clean...'cos we dont do that down 'ere

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by Rodent1 View Post
    Nope no curtain - no screen (long story based on window cleaners having dirtiest windows!)

    In short - no limescale problems 'round these parts !
    I give up, then. I can only assume you are getting the equivalent of reflux, but in your drains. Gross!

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  • Rodent1
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    How rude of them, what with you being on yer beam end and all!

    OK - does your bath/loo/shower door/glass screen get limescale on it after a while?

    (Or have you been converted to TenantsLuvme's philosophy about shower curtains?!)
    Nope no curtain - no screen (long story based on window cleaners having dirtiest windows!)

    In short - no limescale problems 'round these parts !

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by Rodent1 View Post
    No idea, no-one in this house drinks tea, coffee or any other hot drink so it only gets used by visitors - and at £1 a cup most decline the offer
    How rude of them, what with you being on yer beam end and all!

    OK - does your bath/loo/shower door/glass screen get limescale on it after a while?

    (Or have you been converted to TenantsLuvme's philosophy about shower curtains?!)

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by westminster View Post
    My younger brother is 27, and he is still learning amazing things such as how Fairy Liquid is not a substitute for dishwasher tablets.
    A useful lesson to learn!

    However, I have a friend who swears that ordinary (clothes) washing powder is just as good as DW detergent and it's a fraction of the price.

    I have never dared try it.

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