Granite countertops Care

granite countertops Granite countertops Care

Granite is a very durable material, making it a popular choice for many homeowners, builders and even rental properties. The lasting quality and beauty of this stone makes it a wonderful material to use in kitchens and bathrooms.

Caring for granite, marble, quartz, Silverstone and other solid surface vary in some degree; this is because some stones are more porous than others. Dark granite colors for example are less porous than lighter granite colors. We will discuss more about this in an upcoming post. Using a general care guide for all stone surfaces you can avoid major care problems in the future.

Wipe up spills has they happen, some liquids like coffee, wine and juices if left unattended can stain the surfaces.

Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away the stains. Avoid abrasive cleaning sponges or cleaners, these can dull the surface of the stone.

Hot water will usually do the trick for spills, use dish soap and water sparingly, although it can be used, it will leave a residue, even when rinsed.

Avoid cleaning product that contains bleach or ammonia. These cleaning products can damage the stone surface.

As a general rule hot water is your best tool for “on the spot” cleaning. There are many granite cleaning products made specifically for these stone. We recommend having at least one of these products on hand, for a weekly maintenance cleaning.

If your kitchen is a busy place and some spills are unavoidable, like grease spills, wipe off the spill with hot water and a degreasing agent, I personally recommend dawn dish soap-the original blue product. Just remember that dish soap products will leave some residue, so rinse well.

We strongly recommend using cutting board when working in the kitchen. Not only will this keep acidic liquids from getting on the countertop, cutting on granite countertops will actually dull the knife blade.

Use hot pads under pot and pans placed on your countertop, you can not burn the stone surface, {unless you’re cooking with a blow torch!} This will prevent foods trapped under the pots or pans from scratching the countertop surface.

As you can see for the most part granite countertops are very easy to maintain. This is one of the best qualities of stone countertops. With a little care, your investment will probably outlast any other home improvement you will do.

Okay, so you’ve taken all the steps to keep your surface free from stains and damage, but you have kids or that husband that just forgets sometimes. In our next post we’ll go over some of the ways to fix problems stains and scratches. Granite sealers will also be an upcoming topic. So please check back often. I would love to hear any comments or questions, please feel free to post those to me.

We at Fireplace and Granite Distributors of the Carolinas have put together a

Granite top and Sink Care Guide” free for downloading.

Just click on the button below.

Granitetop and sink care guide 

Upcoming Post;

How to remove stains on Granite

Stainless Steel Sink Care

Granite-To seal or not to seal

Granite Grades

FOR MORE INFORMATION-About Granite Care-We Suggest the following links;

http://www.ehow.com/how_5130079_care-granite-kitchen-countertops.html#ixzz2YY7WesZu 

http://www.ehow.com/how_6716234_clean-granite-kitchen-countertops.html#ixzz2YY673W1U 

http://www.ehow.com/how_6716234_clean-granite-kitchen-countertops.html#ixzz2YY5l6otf 

http://www.ehow.com/how_6717359_clean-maintain-granite-countertops.html#ixzz2YY5VKGrB

http://www.ehow.com/way_5597973_home-paste-cleaning-granite-countertop.html#ixzz2YY55dDN0

Bathroom Remodeling Designs | Charlotte NC

Tile Tub Bathroom RemodelSo, you decided to remodel your bathroom? By now you have probably googled some images or even checked out some photos on pinterest. But what look will fit your bathroom? Here are the top 3 simple (and affordable) bathroom remodeling ideas.

1) Tile That Tub!
Nothing makes the look of a bathroom pop than tiling the tub or shower area. A once boring white tub will instantly transform into a classy, relaxing work of art with new tile surrounds. Tile is fast to install and really changes the look and feel of your bathroom.

2) Frame The Mirrors
Something as easy as adding a frame to your bathroom mirrors will instantly change the look and feel of your bathroom. Adding frames to an ordinary mirror will give your bathroom look instant gratification!

We recently just added a new line of frames for mirrors — ask us about this!

describe the image3) Add Granite To the Vanity
Granite is super easy to install and if your vanity is an average size — you can probably find a granite remnant piece that will fit your cabinet. Granite remants are pieces of granite left after cutting out a kitchen or large piece from an entire granite slab. Typically, Granite remnants can be found at discount prices.

I hope this helped you get some ideas for your bathroom remodel! If you have any questions about bathroom remodeling, leave us a reply below or email fireplace@ctc.net for more information on our bathroom remodels!

Tile Shower Enclosure

Tile is one of the hottest trends in Charlotte right now. One of the top remodel projects homeowners are getting into are remodeling their bathroom from the basic whites and standard tubs to tile floors, tile shower enclosures and tile bathtubs.

Rather than covering your existing bath with another layer of plastic, save money by creating a unique bathroom design.  Not only will you enjoy your new bath tub, but you will be able to sell your home for more. Its true that bathrooms and kitchens are what really sell homes. Transform your bathroom into a unique atmosphere. Unlike other brands that fit a standard plastic covering over your existing bath, we custom design and install tile, granite and other unique options to customize your bathroom. Remodeling your bath is also more affordable. Its the transformation that lasts longer and will be more enjoyable.

It is very easy to convert a standard white bathtub into a tile shower enclosure or even to lay tile around an existing bathtub, that is, if you have the experience to do it. We have been remodeling kitchens and bathrooms for years in the Charlotte area. Check out these photos below of a complete bathroom remodel:

Tile shower enclosuretile shower enclosure

Check out the other part of the bathroom remodel below — change from blue to white walls and granite vanity:

tile shower enclosure

tile shower enclosure

Tile shower enclosures definately add value to your home. If you may be looking to sell your home in the future, a complete remodeled bath will give your home an upper hand against other competing homes.

Call us at 704-721-0001 for a free estimate on your bathroom remodel.

Bathroom Trends

There are lots of new trends out there for bathrooms in today’s Charlotte homes.  The most popular of the trends are granite vanity tops and travertine tiles.  A few other trends are heated floors and seamless glass doors.  With a good plan in mind, you can remodel a bathroom and include these trends without breaking the bank.  There lots of things to consider when deciding which trends you want to include in your bathroom remodel.

Stepping out of your newly remodel shower onto a heated floor is a nice feeling on a cold winter morning.  This is easily done with the proper kit.  There are a few kits on the market today so choose the one that best fits your needs and wallet.  To install the electric floor warmer, pull the old flooring up and following the instructions on your kit or have your contractor install it for you.

Another upgrade for your bathroom is seamless shower and tub doors.  Unlike the older versions of shower and tub doors, the new and improved not only look better but are easier to keep clean.  No more of the white film build up to scrub off weekly.  There are many models and styles to choose from.  The most popular is the seamless.  They give the illusion of not having any doors at all.  They come in many different finishes as well as the different styles.

Tile has come a long way from the older ceramic tiles with color choice only to personalize your bathroom.  Today you have ceramic, porcelain, travertine, marble, metal, glass, and a few others to choose from.  Tiles come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures as well.  When choosing your tile, keep in mind how much time you want to spend keeping your tile looking clean and new.  Some tiles are easier than others so do your research.

Finally, the most popular trend in bathroom remodeling is adding granite tops to your vanity.  With the advanced sealers available today, granite is the easiest, most economical stone to use in your bathroom remodeling.  There is a wide variety of stones to choose from.  The most popular that I see installed in today’s bathrooms is New Venetian Gold.  The best way to choose your granite is to go to your local granite distributors and look at their remnants.  Remnants are generally “leftovers” from larger slabs.  Using remnants can save you a good amount on your budget.  Make sure if using a remnant there is enough for your backsplash on your vanity.
Installing a granite vanity in your bathroom can change the look of your bathroom vanity quickly and easily. Installation for a granite double vanity or smaller granite vanities barely take any time at all to complete, so the install is easy to fit into your schedule.

These are just a few of the newest trends in bathroom remodeling.  As with all home remodeling projects, seek advice from a professional and work with a good budget in mind.  Remember, the bathroom remodeled right will add hundreds to your homes’ value.

Bathroom Ideas | Bathroom Remodeling, Granite and Tile

Remodeling a bathroom is a great investment for your home.  Rather you have large bathroom with tub, shower, toilet room, and dressing area or a small bathroom with a toilet and vanity, updating your bathroom can help sell your house. You may be overwhelmed with different ideas for your bathroom.  There are plenty of idea books out there to help in your decisions.

   I have many ideas on remodeling a bathroom. But, before we go into them, the most important thing to do first is to set your budget.  It is very easy to spend thousands on a bathroom remodel.  You can update your bathroom on a simple budget with proper planning.  I can assist you in your planning with one visit to your home.

  Your floors and vanity will make the biggest impact when remodeling your bathroom. The first choice you should make is which granite to use in your bathroom.  Since most vanities are less than 70” long, granite remnants can be used for your bathroom. (Using a granite remnant will not only save you money, but give you additional bathroom ideas. Granite remnants are usually priced per square foot and sometimes you can find an exotic granite color for a very low price this way.)  When choosing a remnant, keep in mind you will need enough granite for a backsplash.  Most backsplashes are 4” high.  Now is also a good time to add a second sink if your vanity is long enough.  If it isn’t, you may want to change out your vanity, too.  Double sinks in a master bath are a plus in resale value.  The pickled wood finish is a good look for a bathroom.  Giallo Vecenzia Granite and Giallo Fiorti Granite are great choices in bathrooms.  After deciding on your vanity and granite, your floors should be your next step.

   Pull that vinyl up and put travertine tile down.  Travertine comes in many different tones and colors.  That will be the easiest decision you have to make in remodeling your bathroom.  Deciding on the pattern is the next step in your floor choice.  You have standard line, diagonal, and a French pattern as the most common.  You must also decide on the size of your tile.  Keep in mind, the smaller the tile, the more grout lines you will have.  Once you have your tile selection made.  It’s time to decide if you want to keep current your tub or shower surround or update it with tile to complement your new tile floor and granite countertop on your new vanity.

  When updating your tub or shower surround, decide on the little things that make the biggest impact.  A shower seat, soap niche, and a tile border are those items you always wish you had done in the beginning so now is the time to add them.  Another choice to make is rather to keep your shower doors or update them.  Seamless frames and doors give your bathroom a very modern look.

As you can see, there are lots of things to consider when planning your budget for your new bathroom.  The easiest way is to go with a company that can offer you everything in one stop.  We can do that for you and help with maintaining your budget while making the best choices for remodeling your bathroom.