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Granite Countertop’s Ability to Resist Staining

When choosing a countertop for your home, one of the things you should consider is its ability to resist staining. Otherwise, you might pick a material that will lose its beauty in just a few months. Granite is said to be among the few materials that do not get stained easily.

Stains are substances from food or liquid that seep through the surface of a material. In other words, the ability of a material to resist staining is measured by its imperviousness. Granite is considered a highly impervious material; it doesn’t absorb virtually all liquid substances. Unless you let certain types of liquid, like oil or red wine, sit on its surface for too long, you won’t have to deal with stains.

Most of the stains found on granite countertops are not permanent. You can remove them by scrubbing with a water and detergent solution, depending on the substance that caused the stain. Oil stains, for instance, may require a special type of paste, aside from water and soap, to remove.

Manufacturers of granite countertops use a potent polishing substance to cover the surface of the granite slab with a thin, protective shield. This will remain on the surface for years so you won’t have to worry about reapplying a new coating soon. With proper care, your granite countertop will look as good as new even after a couple of years.

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Cleaning and Stain Removal for Granite Countertops

Let’s say you’ve just had your kitchen renovated and gotten yourself a new granite countertop while you were at it. While granite is definitely among the strongest countertop materials available, you’ll still need to clean it of all the stains and grime it’s sure to sustain over its long service life. It won’t be easy, but with the following tips, you’ll be on your way to cooking with a dirt and stain-free countertop: Read More…

Unique and Durable Granite Countertops

Dimension stone refers to natural stone that has been selected and fabricated to specific sizes and shapes. Most dimension stones are selected for their durability, strength, resistance to weather conditions and decay, as well as their appearance. Fabrication methods like trimming, cutting, drilling, grounding, and other methods are used to fashion dimension stone to its final state. Since ancient times, granite has been quarried, fabricated, and installed by various cultures. Some of the world’s most famous sculptures, temples, public buildings, and memorials were constructed using granite. Read More…

Caring for Your Granite Countertops

Granite countertops being marketed as maintenance-free? A clear no. They are still susceptible to the likes of stains, thus they still have to be maintained to preserve their integrity. It’s more accurate to say that granite countertops are easy to maintain. That said, here are some things to remember when conducting granite countertop maintenance:

First: remove all loose items and appliances on top of it. Then wipe all the spills or sticky residue using warm water and mild, phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish soap, preferably light-colored and without aromatics. Then give the countertop a thorough rinsing. Read More…

Why Stone Countertops are the Standard

A typical American kitchen is not complete without a good countertop. In fact, it can be said that a good countertop is what makes a good kitchen. It is where we usually perform the art (and sometimes science) of preparing food and drinks as well as consuming them. Truly, countertops are a major part of every American kitchen.

There are many different kinds of countertops out there, but the most popular are those made of stone. Stone is basically the standard material of choice in the world of countertops. Why is this so? What is it about stone that ensures its prominence among countertops?

Basically, stone is the most suited surface for use in preparing food because it is virtually indestructible, maintenance-free, and has a timeless quality that can be integrated well with almost any kitchen motif you can think of.

Speaking of motif and being classy, each slab of stone is unique. Every single stone pulled from the veins of Mother Earth is of its own mineral color, veining, and speckles which will be given more grandeur thanks to the trained hands of professional stoneworkers. Thus any kind of stone chosen for your kitchen─ like a solid burgundy quartzite or a sky-blue granite─ and applied with a stoneworker’s expertise and labor will be like a work of art because of its distinctive qualities.

Caring for Your Granite Kitchen Countertops

Granite countertops are among the most durable and long-lasting materials of its class. Nevertheless, like almost anything in your house, it also requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Thankfully, this job wouldn’t exactly get you bending over backwards to accomplish.

The easiest yet effective way to clean a granite countertop is to wipe it with warm water and a few drops of mild dish washing detergent or antibacterial detergent on a soft cloth. This is a gentle way to clean the grime and grease from your counter, and it’s highly unlikely to damage its surface. Be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Read More…

A Few Tips in Buying the Best Granite Countertops

Granite may be one of the most durable and long-lasting materials that you can have as your kitchen countertops, but finding the “best” one can be a bit tricky. Being uniquely patterned (individual slabs from various locations are never exactly the same in appearance) means that they can be stylish and make for a nice, elegant look, turning your cooking space into some kind of culinary haven.

Fortunately, there are ways to make your countertop selection process easier. Check with your local granite fabricator and ask to see their granite slabs personally. While you will probably be able to browse their inventory online, there’s nothing quite like being able to actually see the product that you want to buy with your own eyes. Read More…