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Why Buying ‘Boutique’ is Best for Granite Kitchen Counters

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As you begin the process of selecting your new kitchen countertops, you may be wondering where to go. Should you shop a big box store or get your granite kitchen counter at a smaller boutique business? There are several different options when it comes to a granite kitchen counter in Apple Valley, but your best bet would be to visit a granite showroom, like the one here at Minneapolis Granite. Here are a few reasons you should visit us when you need a granite kitchen countertop fabricated and installed. And, when it’s time to select your granite slab come to us for assistance throughout the entire process.

While the big box stores may seem convenient and sell a variety of home improvement products, they are usually limited in the selection of granite they have available for sale. After all, they don’t specialize in granite kitchen countertops or even countertops in general.

Did you know that there are hundreds of different types of granite available to you? Natural stone is a work of art that comes from all over the globe. At a big box store, you may only be presented with a few to choose from. Don’t you want to choose your new granite kitchen counter for yourself? Don’t allow the big box stores to decide what granite they think you want.

When it’s time to select your granite slab, you should go to someone who specializes in granite and can offer a variety of styles and price points. Don’t get stuck with a granite kitchen counter you don’t love at a price you don’t like. Come to the experts.

Do the big box stores measure, cut, polish and install your countertops? Absolutely not. If you sign a contract with a big box store, they will outsource the job to another 3rd party fabricator. Not so with Minneapolis Granite. We are professional fabricators and installers!

Using a “boutique” shop like ours to get your new granite kitchen counter means you will not be one of the dozens of kitchens put into production. Unlike the high volume production the big guys favor, we designate more time to spend with our customers to help them get the granite kitchen counters they want and deserve.

While the sales staff at big box stores is usually somewhat knowledgeable, the professionals here at Minneapolis Granite are fully trained and educated and know a great deal about granite and all of the benefits you can enjoy with your new granite kitchen counter.

Are you ready to learn more about a new granite kitchen counter for your Apple Valley home? Call Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135 or you can contact us to schedule your Free Estimate.

Preparing for the Arrival of Your New Granite Counters

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So, you’ve finally found them, your new granite counters. It may have taken some time to choose them from hundreds of slabs or you may have known them right when you saw them. But, now that that the fabrication process is underway, the next step will soon be the installation. Before we come to install granite counters in your Burnsville area home, there are a few things you can do to prepare for their arrival. As experts in the industry, we’ve come up with a short list of things you can do. But, if you find you are have trouble making some of these happen, let us know and we can help!

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First, give everything a once over. Have you ordered everything you should have? When it comes to the countertops, we’ve got you covered. But, what about everything else? Sure, you’re happy with your granite countertop selection. But make sure every other item for your kitchen or bathroom remodel is in order. For example, your new cabinets, sink, faucets and appliances. Do they match your new counters? Has everything been measured out correctly? Be sure everything that needs to be installed alongside your granite counters are not only scheduled to be installed on time but are the right color and measurements.

Next, be sure to remove furniture and other items that might be in between the door and the location your new granite counters are to be installed. If you take the time to do this, it could help make the installation process move along a little faster.

Are your new cabinets installed and finished? It is important to be sure the cabinets are finished before installing your new granite counters. It can also help to make sure the top drawers of your cabinetry are taken out and put somewhere safe. The lower drawers should be covered with old towels to help ensure the contents remain clean and safe during the installation process. Also, if you have anything fragile lying around the room, make sure those are in a safe place as well.

Will you be around for the installation of your new granite counters? It can definitely help to be there while the new countertops are being put in. After all, we may have some questions for you while installing your granite counters.

And, these are just a few things to keep in mind prior to the installation of your new granite counters. For more information about the selection, fabrication and installation of granite counters in and around Burnsville, call Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Choosing the Right Bathroom Vanity for Your Needs

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Are you beginning the remodeling process for your bathroom? The most essential consideration is the bathroom vanity. The vanity is the focal point of the bathroom and influences the overall look and style of the room. It is important to make sure you choose the right bathroom vanity for your unique needs, style and purpose. At Minneapolis Granite, we specialize in countertops and vanities and can help you choose the right bathroom vanity for your Eagan home. Come to our showroom and we can show you the materials and styles of countertops we have in stock and help you find the one for you. Until then, here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your bathroom vanity:

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  • Who will be using the vanity? If just a single person, couple or a few kids will be using the bathroom vanity, a basic vanity will suffice. And, if children will be using the vanity, it is important to choose a material that is easy to clean and allows for room such as granite.
  • How many people will be using it? Will it be installed in a master bath or Jack and Jill bathroom? If you would like room for each person to have their own space at the vanity, consider a dual sink.
  • Do you require durability? If the bathroom is used often for hair styling, makeup application, shaving and so on, it is important to choose a material that can withstand frequent use. A material such as granite is a great choice for being able to sustain such treatment. Just wipe the stains away.
  • Will you reseal the vanity? The variety of activities that occur in the bathroom can cause a bathroom vanity to lose its shine. Make sure you stay on top of sealing as they are needed for granite. This will maintain the looks of your bathroom vanity for decades to come.
  • What size and shape will fit? When choosing your slab of granite, take into consideration the dimensions of your bathroom and the design you want for your vanity. An expert at Minneapolis Granite can help you find the right slab for your unique design needs.

Still not sure? Stop by our showroom today! Selecting a bathroom vanity is one of the more enjoyable shopping trips you can make! There are many materials to choose from, a wide variety of colors and a limitless list of design choices to browse.

Are you ready to have a bathroom vanity installed in your Eagan area home? Give us a call today at 612-822-3135 or contact us online.

Reasons to Choose Quartz for Your Kitchen Remodel

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The countertops are the focal point of the kitchen, so it is essential to find the right ones to fit your home and lifestyle. And, keeping in mind that the kitchen is the heart of the home, it will likely be one of the first rooms you remodel. At Minneapolis Granite we are experts at helping our customers choose the right countertops for their home. And, we’d like to tell you why we think quartz countertops just might be the answer for your kitchen remodel. We sell granite, marble and quartz countertops for Eden Prairie and are well-versed in all that goes into selecting the perfect countertops. Today we’d like to focus on quartz to help you decide if it’s the right material for you.

Did you know that manufactured quartz is now the leading countertop material in the country, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association? And with good reason!

Quartz countertops are like the chameleon of countertops. Love minimal, modern farmhouse style? Classic or Tuscan? Quartz countertops have a look to match. Coming in many colors and patterns, you are sure to find the quartz countertops to match your unique home. And, because of the way quartz countertops are manufactured, it has a uniform look that’s sleek and impressive. They look great with very on-trend subway tile back splashes! And, since pigments can be added during the engineering process, you can achieve a wide array of color options to suit any kitchen remodeling project.

And, quartz is the ultimate multi-tasker. In addition to being used for countertops, engineered quartz can be incorporated as a backsplash or wall.

Quartz is also highly resistant against staining and is one of the most hygienic countertop options for homeowners. Add to that the fact that quartz is extremely strong, making it super durable and you can see why this low maintenance material is not going anywhere anytime soon.

The countertop has always been a big part of kitchen décor. Through the generations, we have gone from style to style as homeowners seek the perfect look for their main cooking and meeting place. There are so many countertops to choose from and we think quartz countertops should be a major contender for your all-important kitchen remodel.

And these are just a few of the many great reasons to choose quartz countertops for your Eden Prairie remodel. Call Minneapolis Granite today at (612) 822-3135 to learn more! Or, you can contact us to Request a Free Estimate.

 

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.