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Life Hacks for Cleaning Your Granite Kitchen Countertops

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At Minneapolis Granite, we specialize in granite kitchen countertops for Apple Valley and the surrounding areas. And, we get a few questions from customers about how to care for their granite countertops. As experts in the industry, we have learned a few great tricks to help keep granite sparkling clean. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of some of our favorite tips and life hacks to help keep your granite kitchen countertops looking as shiny and impressive as the day they were installed.

The Magic of Microfiber

A little old-fashioned dusting can go a long way with a microfiber cloth. Often a microfiber cleaning cloth, even a dry one, is all that is needed for basic cleaning. For times when spills or daily life happen, try to wipe down your granite kitchen countertops daily or as needed using only water.

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Keep it Simple

Never use harsh chemicals on your granite kitchen countertops! Once a week wipe your granite countertops down with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH. Even if you think the stain or mess needs it, never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on your countertops. These costly, complicated chemicals can can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone permanently.

Hack: For oily stains that have soaked into the granite, try a solution made of a cup of flour or baking soda and about five tablespoons of dish soap. Add water to make it the consistency of yogurt. Place it directly on the stain and cover with plastic wrap overnight. Then, wash it away. Be sure to gently rinse and dry the granite kitchen countertops thoroughly.

Have them Sealed

Never had your granite kitchen countertops sealed? Sealing is a regular maintenance task for granite that should be performed every 3-5 years. When we fabricate and install your granite kitchen countertops, we will apply a sealant to the granite that should last for the life of the counters. If for some reason the sealant needs to be reapplied, there is one telltale sign:

Hack: To determine if your countertops need to be sealed, splash a little water on the surface of the countertop. It the water flows freely and does not bead up, it might be time to re-seal your granite kitchen countertops.

Do you want more information about granite kitchen countertops in Apple Valley or the surrounding areas? Call us at Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135, or you can contact us and set up a Free Estimate.

Trends in Bathroom Vanity Countertops

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Whether you’re considering remodeling your entire bathroom or just making a few upgrades, the idea of replacing your bathroom countertops has likely crossed your mind. At Minneapolis Granite we offer the fabrication and installation of granite vanity tops for Eagan and the surrounding Twin Cities neighborhoods.

Homeowners not only want their bathroom counters to look beautiful and feel luxurious, but they want to know that they are durable, low maintenance and affordable. This is what truly defines the 2018 trends in bathroom vanity tops; practical luxury. We would like to delve into some of these trends for you. And, when you’re ready, contact us at Minneapolis Granite and we can help you select the right look for your unique bathroom décor.

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Classic Luxury that Lasts

Granite is a popular stone with many luxurious qualities. It also offers some practical ones as well. You don’t have to worry about its durability or shelf-life because it is resistant to stains, water and heat, and can last for many years. The classic look of granite can breathe new life into any bathroom. Granite vanity tops offer a practicality that will also add elegance and value to your home.

Shapes & Edges

Anyone installing new granite vanity tops knows they will eventually get to decide on a few beautiful details; one of them being shapes and edges. Below is a short list of some of the more popular options:

  • Bevel
  • Bullnose
  • Ogee

All of these are on trend designs that only increase the elegance factor of your granite vanity tops. The more detail in the edging, the more luxurious of a look. For a more modern look, go for something cleaner like a squared edge or traditional bullnose.

Black or White Granite

Black granite vanity tops will be huge this year. They will give you a timeless and classy appearance and will shine when paired with white tiling.
White granite vanity tops offer a clean and crisp appearance, while at the same time lighting and brightening up the space. Farmhouse is all-the-rage for 2018 and white granite is an essential element to this trend.

Whatever you are looking for in granite vanity tops, our experts can help you find it. Ready to look into granite vanity tops for your Eagan home? Call Minneapolis Granite today at 612-822-3135 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Kitchen Design Trends for 2018

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With a new year comes thoughts of how to renovate or redecorate the home. And where better to start than in the heart and hearth of the home, the kitchen? There are a few bold trends that are poised to take over 2018 and we’re here to tell you all about them. And, one thing all if these trends have in common is their ability to seamlessly incorporate the perfect granite countertops. We can get you the new granite kitchen counter you want for your for St Paul home. And, as experts in kitchen countertops, we’d like to tell you all about these great trends as well as recommend the right countertops to incorporate.

Sea Greens (and Blues)

Blues and greens emerged as ‘go-to’ color choices for cabinetry last year. They are classic, calming and offer unique charm over classic neutral cabinetry. Complement these colors with light or dark solid color granite kitchen counter for a style that evokes mid-century charm.

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Dark Countertops

Dark countertops made a huge comeback this year. A granite kitchen counter in black, dark green, slate and multi-colored rust tones is what you should be looking for. They look great with a variety of cabinetry and offer a bold contrast, adding lines and definition to the room.

White on White

White is the predominant color for backsplashes, countertops and wall finishes for 2018. Choose a granite kitchen counter in white or light colored neutrals to complement.
As popular as white cabinets are, grey is the second choice for many. Grey cabinets are like a chameleon of sorts, versatile with and granite kitchen countertop styles.


The most popular kitchen design of the year will be farmhouse, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual trends report. It’s marked by the use of barn doors, painted cabinets, shiplap wood paneling and similar features. Complement this trend white a granite kitchen counter that is white they grey flecks or dark, as long as it exudes classic, rustic charm.

Whatever trend you choose, a granite kitchen counter is known for its looks. No two slabs of granite are exactly alike, so you are guaranteed to have a unique look in your kitchen when you have a granite kitchen countertop installed.

Looking to have a new granite kitchen counter installed in your St Paul home? Give us a call today at 612-822-3135 or contact us online.


Thank You and Happy Holidays from Minneapolis Granite

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With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers for their support. Since 1906, we have been serving the Twin Cities area by providing natural stone countertops, vanities and more. We could not be in business for more than a century without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for choosing Minneapolis Granite, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us with all your future granite and natural stone needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Choosing Your Countertops: How to Complement Your Kitchen

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When deciding on what kind of countertops to choose for your kitchen, there are a few aspects to consider. From trending styles to durability and color, there are a variety of variables to address. As experts and fabricators of granite kitchen countertops in Brooklyn Park, we have put together a rundown of the things to consider while perusing countertop options.

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Complementary Colors

When choosing your granite kitchen countertops or any other stone countertop, it is important to choose ones with colors that complement your cabinetry. Never match your cabinets exactly; this could result in a sterile or uniform appearance that is unpleasant to the eye. Choose countertops that have specks or flecks of your cabinetry’s color or include complementary hues. Does your kitchen have oak cabinets in medium to light brown? Go for a contrasting color for a beautiful, eye-catching look.

At Minneapolis Granite, we offer a huge selection of colors and patterns. We offer reds, oranges, purples, beiges, greens, grays and blends of these color patterns. If you are a stylish sort, we have the color to match. Classic, more traditional styled? There is an option for you as well. Come over to our showroom to browse all of our color options. Bring in a sample of your cabinets and we can even help you choose the perfect granite kitchen countertops to complement them.

Durable Options

How often do you use your kitchen? Do you have children? You will likely need kitchen countertops that are durable and can stand up to the ware and tear of everyday life. Granite kitchen countertops will be non-porous, making them stain, heat, scratch and chip resistant. They are also bacteria resistant which makes them an ideal option for the kitchen or bathroom.


Are you looking to add value to your home? The best place to start is the kitchen. Granite kitchen countertops are one of the top things new homebuyers look for in a new home and can raise your home’s value.


Granite kitchen countertops are affordable for most budgets. Much of the cost depends on the specific slab that you select. If you want to learn more about the granite we can supply for granite kitchen countertops, give us a call and we can even give you a free estimate so you know how much to budget for.

Are you interested in learning more about granite kitchen countertops for your Brooklyn Park home? Call us at Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.