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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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

 

Caring for your new countertop

December 16th, 2015 By: Talisa Ortiz

Congratulations on your new Countertop! To ensure that you enjoy them for years to come. We have put together a simple care and maintenance guide for you. Following these guidelines will keep your countertops looking as beautiful as when they were first installed.

Quartz Countertops:

Quartz is very easy to maintain, is non-porous, it does not need sealing, resistant to stains and scratches and it’s quite versatile. However it is not heat, stain and scratch proof. It is the most durable of all the stones for countertops and it requires less maintenance. It’s only required to utilize a damp cloth with soap and warm water regularly to keep it from staining from everyday use. It is highly recommended that you clean any spills or food stains immediately.  Do not use any abrasive wipe or cleaner, otherwise it will scratch the surface and remove the gloss and shine. Although quartz is resistant to heat, the use of trivets and heating pads is recommended to avoid a sudden direct change of temperature. When cutting food, the use of a cutting board is a must to prevent scratches against the surface. When cleaning do not use ammonia or bleach or any strong solvents it may dull the natural shine of the quartz. Using the flat side of a razor blade will help on removing tough dried foods from the surface as well as a 000 mild steel wool, it is a trade secret that works effectively.

Marble Countertops:

Marble is very sensitive to acidic substances for example: wine, coffee, soda, fruit juices, tomato sauce & toiletry products can all cause etching to the surface finish leading to stains. It is important to know that when caring for your Marble countertops the only cleaning agent you should use on a regular basis is warm soapy water along with a sponge or soft cloth to wipe away dirt. Never use bleach or vinegar to clean your Marble countertops.  If you find yourself in need of a deeper clean and shine it is best to use a specially formulated stone cleaner and polish. These products can be found at your local grocery store. The best way to avoid all damages to your countertops is tofa always use coasters and trivets!

Granite Countertops:

Granite is a very hard substance and will take normal wear and tear very well. Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the placement of cooking vessels directly from the stove or oven to the counter top without damages. However, we still advise to use of trivets and heating pads. Granite is also scratch resistant. Although, we do not suggest using it as a cutting surface. Over time, repeated use as a cutting surface can dull the knife blade and finish. Nevertheless granite has proven to be very durable. You should still always use caution when cleaning and be sure not to use any abrasive chemicals. A simple clean with warm soapy water will do the just fine and if you are looking for a deeper clean it is always recommended to use a specially formulated stone cleaner and polish.

Christmas Countertop Decoration Ideas

Our favorite Christmas Countertop Decoration Ideas for Your Home!

To celebrate Christmas this year, we have put together a few Pinterest boards of Christmas countertop decoration ideas for your home. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest for a combination of original photo boards, and things we have decided to pin to share with you! Since we operate around countertops, we hope these boards will give you plenty of ideas for decoration your kitchen or bathroom countertops!

Follow ADP Surfaces Inc’s board Christmas Bathroom Ideas on Pinterest.

Follow ADP Surfaces Inc’s board Christmas Kitchen Ideas on Pinterest.

Premium Stone Profile “Caroline Summer Granite”

Caroline Summer Granite Material | ADP Surfaces of Orlando, Florida
Our Caroline Summer Granite Material

Caroline Summer Granite Countertop Material

Our Caroline Summer granite is a granite out of Brazil that has yellow and gold color. Named after the Carolina states, the “Caroline Summer” granite will give your home a warm, classic feel that will remind you of the mountains.This premium granite is available at ADP Surfaces for your next home renovation project.

Style: Classic

Pairs With: White, Countertops, Light Countertops, Warm Tones, and Black Appliances

Recommended Accent Colors: Neutral, Yellow, Red

 

This beautiful granite will give you the classic warm feel of a summer mountain home, without ever having to leave Orlando! Bring the feeling of being in the Appalachian Mountains to your home today with Caroline Summer Granite today!

View our selection of granite countertops

For more information on the granite material that ADP Surfaces stocks, please visit our Granite Orlando page for a list of popular materials.