How to Care for Granite Countertops

How to Care for Granite Countertops Orlando

How to care for granite countertops and other countertop maintenance tips!

Granite countertops are known for its strength, durability, and beauty, and its unique natural features can give areas a majestic feel. Compared to others countertops such as wood, laminates, and others, it most certainly is more enduring. Although granite has proven its reliability, it is not without fault.

A good way to give a longer life duration to your countertops is to practice proper maintaining and cleaning procedures. Don’t place unnecessary extra weight, standing or sitting on your counter tops. Cleaning up all spills immediately after they happen, especially with substances such as wine, oils, coffee, vinegar, etc… Avoid cutting directly on the countertop, remember to use a cutting board as well as utilizing hot pads and perhaps also trivets and coasters as necessary.

The first thing to know regarding cleaning your granite top is not to use acidic or abrasive products such as sandpaper, Comet, Soft Scrub, as well as similar products. Another surprising abrasive substance that people might not be aware of is sand carried on grocery bags that will scratch the surface unknowingly to owners. Windex works well, but it tends to leave visible streak marks. A dry rag following the actual application usually takes care of them. Cornstarch works well on unrelenting oil spills by applying it to the spill area, leaving it to settle for a day and then vacuum. Ammonia and bleach will not harm granite, however, given time it will gradually remove the sealer from the stone. “Trade secrets”— For smudges, you may utilize a fine grade (000 or finer) steel wool. Its effectiveness is quite surprising! Also, at times a sharp razor similar to glass cleaning in combination with hot water works well for removing dried on surface substances.

One highly recommended task is periodically applying granite sealer, especially around the areas of cooktops and sinks. Sealing the stone prevents grease and water from soaking into the tiny pores of the stone. Sealing the stone usually depends on the type of stone whether they are darker or lighter as well as its location and usage. Some may have to be sealer regularly from anywhere from once a month, to a year in places like restaurants. Others may never need to be sealed like those located in book shelves. A good way to tell when the granite needs sealant is when moisture begins to darken the stone significantly.


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Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Looking for ideas for your outdoor kitchen countertop project?

Please browse our photos of outdoor kitchen countertop ideas for your dream home. Our outdoor kitchen countertops come in all shapes and sizes; we stock granite, quartz, marble, solid surface and more! The materials we recommend for outdoor countertop are tile, granite and quartz. These materials hold up well to the UV rays and weather elements. We have added Dekton Countertops to our list of quartz materials. Dekton makes for excellent outdoor kitchen countertop material because it holds up to the Orlando sun.

Not sure which material is right for you? Visit our “countertop materials” page for more information.

 

 

 

Granite Countertops, What You Should Know Before Purchasing.

granite countertops, things your should know before purchasing. White granite kitchen countertop with island.What should you know before purchasing Granite countertops?

To help our customers in their search, we asked our sales team what they thought was important for customers to know before purchasing granite countertops for the first time.

1. Ask for granite samples, or bring in samples of your home.

If possible, ask for color samples of the stone to compare the color of your kitchen and the color of your cabinets. Some granite materials have flecks of metal in them, such as our “Volga Blue Granite“. Bringing a sample home, you will be able to see how light refracts from your lighting fixtures and the natural lighting in your home. If there are no samples, bring your samples of things such as your curtains, cabinets, paint swatches, or even favorite countertop accessories such as stand mixers. Sometimes it is difficult to visualize how the end product will turn out, but bringing samples will help you eliminate colors that will clash with your kitchen.

2. Touch and get a feel of the different edge profiles.

Make sure to select the right countertop edge profile for the style of your kitchen. ADP offers several edge profiles standard in their pricing packages, so you will be able to select the edge profile that compliments your kitchen. We recommend using an eased edge profile because it gives the stone the right appearance of thickness without being sharp to the touch. If our standard options are not what you are looking for, we also offer premium edge profiles. Ogee edged countertops compliment cabinets with detailed scroll-work and mitered/laminated edges will make your stone appear at least twice as thick.

3. Do your research on maintenance and other options for countertops.

Have a realistic idea of how to maintain and care for granite countertops. While granite is an incredibly durable material, it is still a pourous natural stone that will need to be resealed and cared for properly in order to keep it looking new. If you think the upkeep for granite will be difficult for your lifestyle, you should see if there is a better stone for your countertops. Our guide on selecting kitchen countertop materials will help walk you through the specific limits of each stone.

4. Have a good idea of what you like before shopping for material.

Sometimes this is as easy as knowing that you prefer dark countertops over light countertops, or that you would prefer a black countertop to pair with your white kitchen cabinets. Everyone has their style and taste and coming prepared with pictures from online will help your salesperson find your dream granite material. To see samples of the materials ADP Currently keeps in stock, visit our “Granite Orlando” page.

If you have any additional questions about what you should know before purchasing granite countertops, please visit our Contact page and leave us a message and someone will respond to your questions as soon as possible!

Source(s):

http://marble.com/articles/top-three-tips-for-choosing-granite-countertops

 

5 Most Popular Granite Countertop Configurations in Orlando, Florida.

Granite countertops are a hot commodity in Orlando, Florida because many residents are home entertainers, spend much of their family time around a kitchen, and treat their homes as an investment. We have put together a guide of our five most requested and popular granite countertop configurations that people request in our office, share on our Pinterest page and view on our website.

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Full Granite Backsplash Configurations

#1: Full Granite Backsplash Configurations

There is something about a full granite backsplash that warms a home and brings a luxurious look to your kitchen. The full granite backsplash is another slab of granite that becomes an extension from your countertops to protect your walls from grease and steam.

 

Popular Granite Countertop, Orlando Granite Bathroom Vanity Countertop Room #3
Eased Edge Profile

#2: Eased Edge Profile

The Eased Edge Profile is one of our most popular granite countertop configuration because it leaves much of the stones integrity intact, while providing a thick custom look to the countertop. The eased edge profile is included in our standard pricing and is a look that must be seen to appreciate.

 

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Double Vanity Bathroom Sinks

#3 Double Vanity Bathroom Sinks

The double vanity is one of our most requested bathroom countertop configurations for all materials, however when you use granite material the natural patterns and textures combine with the double vanity to create an unparalleled look.

 

Popular Granite Countertop, Caroline Summer Granite Material | ADP Surfaces of Orlando, Florida
Caroline Summer Granite Material

#4 Caroline Summer Granite Material

Our Caroline Summer granite is one of the most popular stones for the Orlando, Florida area due to its warm hue of creams, browns and golds. This stone provides a classic feel to any kitchen and will remind you of grandma’s home in the mountains.

 

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Farmhouse Sinks

#5 Farmhouse Sinks

Since granite works well for classic kitchens and vintage style kitchens, a popular granite countertop configuration we sell is a farmhouse style sink. This style of sink provides a deep and wide washing surface that doubles in both appearance and functionality.

 


Resources:

Granite Countertops – Information about advantages of granite countertops.
How to Select an Edge Profile – Information about the different edge profiles that ADP offers.
How to Select a Sink – Information about undermount and overmount sinks sold by ADP Surfaces.
Granite Orlando – Our most popular granite countertop colors and textures.
How to Care for Granite Countertops – A short guide on maintaining granite countertops.

How to Select Countertops That Match Cabinets and Floors

When our customers come into our office looking for new custom countertops, many times they are about to begin a full kitchen remodel or have even begun the remodel. These customers want to make sure that their new countertops will match their floors and cabinetry. So often they bring in samples or pictures of the floor and cabinet materials that they have picked out, and we help them find a material that will match. After doing some research on blogs and home designer websites across the web, we have put together a 5 part guide for selecting countertops that match cabinets and floors.

Step 1: Decide on what style of kitchen you plan to build

Crema-marphil marble Kitchen, Farmhouse sink
Traditional Style Kitchen with Marble Countertops

When selecting a style for your kitchen, it is important to take into consideration the needs you will have, what your personal design tastes are, and how the kitchen will tie into the rest of your home. If you are unsure of the many different kinds of kitchen styles, HGTV has put together a quick picture guide of 9 different kitchen styles for you to choose. From here you will begin to select the materials, colors, patterns and appliances that will match your desired style.

 

Step 2: Select a color scheme for your kitchen remodel

Ceasarstone Quartz Countertops Orlando
Notice how the tan colored tiles tie in nicely with the creme colored countertops and are accented by the white cabinets for contrast.

Jann Seal, of Demand Media, writes that you should select 2-3 dominant colors for your kitchen and then an accent color that will provide a “pop” between the two. If you visit this gallery of 25 Colorful Kitchens provided by HGTV, you can see that the majority of the kitchens predominately follow the three color rule. Such as this: gray cabinets and white/gray countertops with a red accent wall. If your floors contain many different colors, try to find one similar color in the countertop materials or cabinets that you select. The warm brown coloring found in wood flooring pairs well with quartz and granite materials containing shades of beige or brown such as our  Brown Fantasy material or Tan Brown Material.

 

Step 3: Select countertop and tile patterns textures and finishes that go well together

Orlando Granite Kitchen Countertop with Stepped Edge ProfileMatching the patterns, texture and finish of your materials is just as important as the colors you select for you new kitchen countertops. Busy travertine tile floors might pair well with a calmer gray/white granite or quartz countertops such as our Colonial White Material. If you select a smooth, glossy tile, we would recommend a color / texture matching quartz or solid surface countertop material.

Step 4: Select your kitchen cabinets

Granite Kitchen Countertop, Kitchen Countertop Orlando,After taking into consideration the different textures and colors that have you have used between the countertops and floors, it will be time to start choosing the right style of cabinets to tie to look together. Mary Cockrill of Demand Media also suggests taking into consideration the lifestyle you have when selecting the cabinets in How to Match Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops. She also suggests in her article to choose the material for the cabinets based on the stone you select because natural stones such as granite will require resealing over the years, while engineered stones like quartz will not.

 

Step 5: Don’t be afraid to get visual

countertop installation processBeing visual is not a bad thing when making a sizable investment like a kitchen remodel. Grab sample materials wherever you go and bring them with you to select the right materials for your kitchen. If you are tech / design savvy, there are software programs you can invest into to see how the kitchen will look after each configuration. TopTenReviews has put together a guide called Best Tools for Interior Design that will help with selecting which software will best suit your needs. When all else fails, bring your ideas to a contractor, and they will be able to help guide you in the right direction.

Source Material:

Kitchen Style Guide; HGTV

How to Coordinate Floor Tile Color & Countertops ; Jann Seal, Demand Media

25 Colorful Kitchens ; HGTV – Kayla Kitts and H. Camille Smith

How to Match Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops ; Mary Cockrill, Demand Media

Best Tools for Interior Design ; TopTenReviews

 


 

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Restaurant Granite Countertops

Bahama Breeze in Daytona Beach, Florida Receives New Custom Granite Countertops in Their Restaurant From ADP Surfaces of Orlando, Florida

Restaurant Granite Countertops
Bahama Breeze Restaurant Granite Countertops (Click to Enlarge)

The Bahama Breeze located off of International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona, Florida commissioned ADP Surfaces for the custom fabrication of granite countertops for their bar and outdoor areas of the restaurant. The goals for the project were to provide a sturdy material for their bar-tops that would hold up to years of use while matching the island style and theme of the restaurant. The material selected was a natural stone granite called “Persia Brown Granite” sourced from Brazil with a full bull-nose edge profile.

Persia Brown Granite Countertop
Persia Brown Granite (Click to Enlarge)
Bahama Breeze Daytona Beach Bar Top
Bahama Breeze Granite Bar-Top (Click to Enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

For inquiries on ADP’s custom commercial or restaurant countertops please contact us today and we will have an agent reply to your questions within 48 hours.


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