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Get your kitchen Christmas ready

Is your kitchen ready for Christmas?

Most kitchens see a surge of traffic during the holidays. Make sure your sink, faucet, and appliances are up to the challenge.

Take a look at the photos below and pretty soon you will notice they all have something in common – an apron front sink!

This type of sink is excellent for all cleaning and cooking functions. Get one installed before the holidays!

Holiday Kitchen Refresh by Kohler

So, you’ve graciously volunteered to host a large holiday gathering or big family confab, complete with house guests and multiple meals to plan. Chances are you’re regarding your kitchen with a more critical eye. Flaws that may have seemed trivial before, like a scratched and discolored sink or an outdated faucet that leaks, start to demand serious attention.

If you’re expecting holiday visitors, relax and take a deep breath. It’s easy to make a few simple changes that will spruce up your kitchen considerably, not only making a good impression on guests, but making your life easier in the long term.

Introducing beautiful Bellegrove™ Kitchen Sinks

With its deep double equal basin and KOHLER enameled cast iron construction, Bellegrove easily accommodates large pots and pans and a wide range of kitchen tasks. This sink comes with a convenient accessory bundle that includes two reversible racks to protect the surface from scratches, a sponge caddy that fits over the sink saddle, and a bottle of cast iron cleaner to help the sink look newer, longer.

Bellegrove comes in 18 gorgeous cast iron colors.

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It’s all about texture in this kitchen

Texture is abundant in this kitchen, including octagonal marble wall tiles, quartz countertops, weathered-wood balustrades and leather-seat bar stools.

Our Vinnata faucet completes the look:

Source: Kohler Facebook Page


Equipped with double-sided prep bowls and a removable cutting board, the Stages kitchen sink makes even the hardest kitchen tasks feel like a breeze. – Kohler


No other material offers the character and craftsmanship of KOHLER® Enameled Cast Iron. Each piece embodies Kohler’s commitment to crafting the finest sinks and baths for over 100 years. Built to last for generations, Kohler Enameled Cast Iron makes an enduring statement of beauty in your home with strength, style and soul.

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Absolutely love this look posted on Kohler’s Facebook page:

Cabinets fashioned from reclaimed wood lend warmth and character to this LEED-certified Platinum kitchen, while the chalkboard-painted bar offers a blank slate for creativity or assigned seating.

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The Parq® kitchen faucet from Kohler delivers a fresh interpretation of the traditional bridge design, incorporating clean lines for ease of maintenance. The high-arch gooseneck swing spout provides generous clearance over pots and pans, while the separate sidespray pulls down into the sink for easier cleaning and up-close tasks.


  • Two lever handles offer separate control of hot and cold water.
  • High-arch gooseneck swing spout and 360-degree spout rotation offer superior clearance for filling pots and cleaning.
  • Matching sidespray provides flexibility and convenience for cleaning and food prep.
  • MasterClean™ sprayface features an easy-to-clean surface that withstands mineral buildup.
  • ProMotion™ technology’s light, quiet nylon hose and ball joint make the pullout sidespray easier and more comfortable to use.
  • Ceramic disc valves exceed industry longevity standards, ensuring durable performance for life.


  • Premium metal construction.
  • KOHLER finishes resist corrosion and tarnishing.
  • Sidespray is color-matched to the faucet finish.


  • Deck-mount
  • Flexible supply lines simplify installation.


A home’s drain system is one of the most overlooked systems in the home. It is out of sight/out of mind until there is a problem. Although it appears to simply be pipes connected together, it is actually a complex system designed to provide a seal to prevent sewer gases from entering the home, removes solid wastes and removes waste water. Unlike the toilet, the other drains typically found in the home (Kitchen, Bathrooms, Laundry Room, Mud Room) are designed to manage waste water and not solid wastes.

The home owner has the ability to control this system in many ways before having to call in professionals.

How does a drain become blocked?

  • Short term
    • Excessive amount of solid waste put down drain
    • A foreign object put down the drain that is too large to pass
    • Grease is put down the drain and settles in the trap
  • Long term
    • Biofilm and/or fungal growth in piping
    • Settling of particulate matter over time
    • Build up of materials such as food or hair

Quick Tips for the Home Owner:

Sinks or Lavatories – General

  • Do not put grease down the kitchen drain as it can solidify and cause plugging. Pour cooking grease into an empty coffee can or something similar. When it becomes full, toss it in the trash.
  • Even if you use a garbage disposal, uncooked vegetables such as carrot and potato peels, broccoli stems, corn cobs or husks, asparagus, other fibrous fruits and vegetables, are best disposed of in the compost pile or the non recycling trash.
  • Don’t wash coffee grounds, tea bags or egg shells down the sink. Remove paper and toss the rest in the compost pile or the non recycling trash.
  • Pasta and rice may not pass through the garbage disposal -add to disposal slowly while running water. They are best disposed of in the compost pile or the non recycling trash.
  • Minimize the organic solid wastes (ie food) that are put down the kitchen drain. Follow with water to flush the pipes.
  • Do not put materials that cannot decompose down any drain.
  • Do not allow hair to go down the lavatory drain if possible – remove from the lavatory and dispose of in the trash.
  • The performance of system can be improved by regularly applying a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or an organic type drain cleaner.
  • It is a good practice to periodically fill the sink with water and then release it to flush your piping.
  • Harsh drain cleaners are not recommended – they are poison, give off harmful fumes when used, can harm skin and eyes and can damage some types of pipes.

Safety precautions if you choose to use chemical drain cleaners:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Drain openers can corrode a garbage disposal, brass, steel, “metal” or cast-iron traps and drainpipes.
  • Don’t look down the drain after pouring a chemical. The solution often boils up and gives off toxic fumes.
  • Don’t mix chemicals or follow one brand with another brand without reading for compatibility. Mixing cleaners can cause an explosion.
  • Wear rubber gloves to prevent the chemical from burning your skin.
  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.
  • Never use a plunger if a chemical cleaner is present in the drain; you risk splashing the chemical on yourself.
  • Never remove a trap with chemicals present; you risk burns to your skin. Call a professional but make certain you inform them of what chemical you used. Sinks or Lavatories equipped with a PermaFLOWTM drain
  • View the PermaFLOWTM drain ( regularly for sediment buildup and rotate the dial as needed – at least once per month is recommended.
  • If the drain becomes slow, view the PermaFLOWTM drain, turn on the water and rotate the dial to remove debris.
  • If the PermaFLOWTM becomes plugged with extremely heavy use, rotate the dial to the by-pass position to continue using the sink. Clean blocked area with the dial at a convenient time.
  • If an article such as jewelry is dropped down the drain, turn the paddle to the by-pass position to trap the article to prevent loss. With the water turned off, rotate the article to the 3 o’clock position for removal.

Sinks or Lavatories equipped with a standard P-Trap drain

This type of system has fewer options for the home owner to maintain it.

  • If the drain becomes slow or plugs, apply baking soda and vinegar mixture or an organic drain cleaner.
  • If the cleaner does not solve the problem, then the J-bend in the P-trap will need to be removed for cleaning or replacement – this can be done by the home owner. Place a pan or bowl beneath the J-bend before removal to catch spilled water.
  • After removal, plug the pipe going into the wall so sewer gasses will not enter the home – this can be done with a rag or commercial plug.
  • The adjoining pipes should also be cleaned at this time to prevent future problems.
  • If an article such as jewelry is dropped down the drain, turn off the water to prevent loss. The trap will need to be disassembled for removal.


Toilets are designed to dispose off both waste water and solid wastes. However, foreign objects such as tooth brushes, toys, or other objects can block the siphon area of the toilet.

  • Regular cleaning of the toilet bowl can be done with vinegar and baking soda – spray sides with vinegar, pour one cup of vinegar in bowl, sprinkle brush with baking soda and scrub.
  • Most foreign objects cannot be removed with a plumbers snake – they must be removed by hand by reaching into the toilet bowl or the toilet must be removed.

Bathtubs and showers

These systems are largely inaccessible to the home owner. Preventative maintenance is the best policy.

  • Remove hair from the strainer in the shower and dispose of in the trash
  • Treat the drain regularly with baking soda and vinegar.
  • If the drain becomes slow or plugs, apply baking soda and vinegar mixture or an organic drain cleaner.
  • Remove the strainer or stopper and try to remove as much material as possible with a wire.

Regular maintenance or your drainage system will prevent emergencies such as blocked drains, potential flooding, injuries from drain opening chemicals, and save you money on service calls.

There are many Do It Yourself resources on the internet to assist you further.

About PF WaterWorks:

PF WaterWorks provides drain management products that simplify, save money and are ecofriendly. PF WaterWorks offers PermaFLOW™ a multi-functional attractive Home Improvement Fixture with a positive contribution for the plumbing industry toward sustainable homes. Transparent for inspection, simply turn the dial rotating a wiper to sweep debris into the water stream. The upper chamber also serves as a bypass. This fixture facilitates low water use products and eliminates the need for harmful drain chemicals, messy clean up, and snakes. For more information on PermaFLOW – please


Kitchen Planning Tips

Here are some great articles from to help you in planning your dream kitchen, or in refreshing your current one:

Kitchen design inspiration from Kohler

Creamy hues, vintage décor and a traditional bridge faucet give this sunny southern kitchen a warm, nostalgic vibe.


This is a pretty funny commercial by Kohler advertising their durable cast iron kitchen sinks.

Kitchen eye candy from Kohler

This classic kitchen pairs Kohler’s Whitehaven apron-front sink with a bridge faucet for a look that’s both fashionable and farmhouse.


Inspired by the fragile scallops of a sea shell, the Addison™ Kitchen Collection by Delta Faucet‘s graceful curves provide a delicate beauty that adds a romantic touch to the kitchen, while the enhanced, water-saving functionality of Multi-Flow provides more water only when you need it. Learn more about the Addison Kitchen Collection by clicking View Now (above).

Here are more specifics of the Addison’s features:

    • Design inspired by the fragile scallops of a sea shell
    • Graceful curves provide a delicate beauty that adds a romantic touch to the kitchen
    • High-arc spout swivels 360º for complete sink access
    • The pull-down spray wand features a 62″ hose providing a 20″ reach
    • Multi-Flow™ delivers both 1.5 gpm stream and spray settings for water efficiency and 2.0 gpm stream
    • Optional escutcheon for 3 hole mounting included
    • Lifetime Faucet and Finish Warranty
    • Smart Features:

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ADDISON Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet by Delta Faucet

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