• To test how much suds and foam form with dish liquid, put a few squirts into a cup and fill it with water. The top of the glass should form a substantial foamy head, similar to a beer.
• Put a few squirts of dishwasher detergent gel into a second glass and fill it with water. This demonstrates how the gel forms far less foam and suds than the dish liquid. The dishwasher detergent gel is meant to go in the dishwasher, not the dish liquid
• To see what happens when the wrong soap is put in the dishwasher, fill the soap dispenser with the dish liquid.
• When the soap dispenser door is released during the wash cycle, foam and suds begin to encompass the basin.
• Soap clogs the wash arm in the center of the dishwasher basin.
• Suds begin to drip out the sides of the dishwasher and onto the floor.
• If this mistake ever happens, clean out the entire dishwasher with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner before running another cycle. Otherwise, the same thing could happen because the soap is so concentrated and will remain in the dishwasher.
Steps for How to Choose a Countertop
1. Visit a showroom that has full-scale kitchens on displays. There you’ll see various countertop materials in realistic kitchen settings.
2. Laminate counters are composed of thin sheets of plastic laminate glued to a particleboard substrate.
3. Plastic laminate comes in a wide range of solid colors and patterns, including ones that resemble stone.
4. Wood counters are available in several hardwood species, including teak and maple.
5. Don’t use wood counters near sinks or other wet areas.
6. Natural stone counters are cut from granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, sandstone, and slate, to name a few.
7. Note that natural stone is porous, so it must be sealed regularly to prevent staining.
8. An alternative to natural stone is an engineered product called quartz composite. It’s extremely hard and more stain-resistant that natural stone.
9. If you’re interested in a natural stone counter, visit a stone fabrication yard and view the full-size slabs in person.
10. Marble is a popular countertop material, but because it’s calcium-based, it’s softer and less scratch-resistant than granite. Marble must also be sealed more often.
11. Marble can be factory-sealed prior to fabrication, which dramatically increases its stain resistance.
12. The marble slab is placed in an oven and warmed to open up its pores.
13. Next, liquid penetrating sealer is sprayed onto the warm surface, and then buffing wheels evenly distribute the sealer and force it deep into the surface of the marble.