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How to Care for Granite Vanity Tops

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Minneapolis Granite specializes in fabricating and installing granite vanity tops in St Paul and the entire Twin Cities area. We know you want your new granite vanity to look great for as long as possible, so we wanted to offer a few suggestions on how to maintain and care for granite vanity tops and countertops.

The only cleaner you need for granite vanity tops is warm water. You can use water to clean your vanity, and you can use a soft white cloth to dry it off. That’s it! You will not need to buy a special cleaning product or disinfectant, and you will not have to worry about buying a special sponge or cloth for your new vanity either. You should also keep in mind that spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible, and you should consider using a tray on top of any granite vanity tops that will store perfume, make-up and other similar items and toiletries. That way, if any of the bottles leak, your granite is protected and won’t get damaged.

You should keep in mind that granite is heat and burn resistant. That means the granite will not instantly burn and become damaged if something hot is placed on it, but it also means that the hot item cannot sit on the granite for a long period of time. You should use a hot pad under hot items, and make sure to turn off any hot appliances if you aren’t using them (for example, a straightening iron, hair dryer or curling iron).

Granite vanity tops are also not a good place to do art projects, so ask your family members to not use paint or glue around them. The paint and glue could damage the granite’s finish and dull the surface. The same rule applies even if newspaper or towels are laid down on top of the granite first. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

These are just a few of our helpful suggestions on how to get the most out of granite vanity tops. Just keep these tips in mind and your granite vanity could last you for decades to come, if not longer!

Are you interested in learning more about granite vanity tops in St Paul and the surrounding areas? Call us at Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Three Benefits of Granite Kitchen Countertops

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granite kitchen countertops eagan minneapolis graniteWhen you are remodeling your kitchen, there are plenty of decisions that need to be made. Are you just going to apply a fresh coat of paint on the walls and have your cabinets refinished? Or are you going to have new countertops and cabinets installed, not to mention new flooring and appliances? If you are thinking about new countertops, we highly recommend granite kitchen countertops. Eagan homeowners love granite for several different reasons, and here are a few of the reasons we hear about the most.

Benefit 1: Granite has become synonymous with elegance, so it is a great way to add a sense of luxury to your new kitchen. With this sense of luxury, however, you do not have to sacrifice quality and durability. Granite is one of the strongest natural stones on the planet, so granite kitchen countertops can handle just about anything. You can cut food directly on your granite counters, but we do not recommend doing this because you could damage your knife!

Benefit 2: Granite kitchen countertops are also amazing simply because they come in such a huge variety of colors and styles. Finding the perfect slab of granite to complement your home and your own personal style will be incredibly easy. Granite is found in shades of white, cream, gray, black and just about every shade and color in between. If you are looking for a unique countertop material for your kitchen, again, you can’t go wrong with granite. No two slabs are exactly alike, so you will not have to worry that your new counters look exactly like your neighbor’s.

Benefit 3: If you are going for functionality over looks, granite kitchen countertops are still your best bet. Granite is incredibly easy to care for, and it is burn, chip, heat and stain resistant. It is also practical for kitchens because it is bacteria resistant. Worrying about buying a special cleaner or disinfectant for your kitchen counters will be a thing of the past! Just wipe them with water and a soft cloth and your clean up is done. Your granite kitchen countertops will be sealed as part of our fabrication process and, chances are, you will not have to ever worried about having them resealed either.

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

Granite vs. Quartz for Your New Bathroom Vanity

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bathroom vanity apple valley minneapolis graniteIf you are having a new bathroom vanity put into your Apple Valley home, you are probably trying to decide on which stone to choose. Two of the most popular stones these days are granite and quartz. Granite is a natural stone and quartz is a manufactured stone, but both of them offer the same benefits, especially when it comes to a new bathroom vanity.

Both granite and quartz are incredibly easy to care for. You do not need to buy any special cleaning products or disinfectants. You do not need to hire a special service to come in and clean these stones. And you do not have to worry that a tiny spill will cause a huge stain. All you have to do is use warm water and a soft cloth. If there is a particularly stubborn mark on your bathroom vanity that will not come off with water, then you can use a very mild and non-abrasive cleaner if you need to.

Granite and quartz are also excellent choices for a bathroom vanity thanks to their heat resistance. While we do not recommend that you leave a hot item on your vanity for long (like a curling iron or a running hair dryer), if these items touch your bathroom vanity, they will not cause scorch marks or any long-term damage.

Another perk of granite and quartz is the fact that both are resistant to bacteria. The fact that they will not harbor bacteria and germs makes them ideal for a room like a bathroom, where there can be a lot of bacteria and germs. As mentioned, you don’t have to disinfect either of these stones, and you will not have to worry that someone will get sick from an illness they caught from touching your bathroom vanity.

Finally, granite and quartz both come in a huge assortment of colors, styles and patterns. So if you are worried that you won’t be able to find the perfect bathroom vanity for your home, you shouldn’t be. You will easily be able to find the perfect color or style, and we will gladly help you find the exact stone, style and color you are looking for.

Would you like to learn more about getting a new bathroom vanity at your Apple Valley home? Call us at Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135, or you can contact us to set up a Free Estimate.

Preparing for Your New Granite Countertops

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Preparing For Your New Granite CountertopsA remodeling project can be a chaotic time. Not only are you working with remodeling contractors, but you’re probably working with some plumbers and electricians, not to mention our granite fabrication and installation teams. But installing new granite countertops in your Plymouth home doesn’t have to be too stressful if you do a few things to prepare for our visit.

Set aside a few hours for our visit when we come to install your granite countertops. Installations usually take about one to three hours to complete, so it is a good idea to let the other contractors and workers there know we will be in the house installing the granite. You or another adult who can make decisions and answer questions about the project should be present. We might need you to make a last-minute decision, and we might need your approval for other parts of the project.

Before our arrival, please clear all pictures, wall hangings, throw rugs, dishes and any other valuable or breakable items from your kitchen. While we always do our best to ensure no accidents happen, some can’t be prevented. We want to be sure that none of your personal belongings are damaged while we are there and installing your new granite countertops.

Make sure your sink is there and ready to be installed, but keep in mind we are not plumbers, so any plumbing work that needs to be done should be completed by a licensed plumber. The same goes for any electrical work, and we cannot install any appliances either.

Please give it at least 24 hours before you have a plumber hook up your sink in order to allow the silicone to dry.

Finally, please ask everyone who is working on your home to not use your new granite countertops as a work bench or craft area. You should never allow anyone to use paint, glue or any other harmful material on them, even if the person lays down newspaper or another protective covering over the counters first. Those types of materials can harm your granite counters and cause irreversible damage. It is better to be safe than sorry and just not allow anyone to use them for anything besides preparing and serving food.

If you would like more information on granite countertops for your Plymouth home, call Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Caring for Your New Quartz Countertops

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rausch-granite-countertops-free-estimatesIf you just had new quartz countertops installed at your Edina home, then you might be wondering how to keep them clean and looking their best. We have a few suggestions on how to make sure your new counters look great for many years to come.

For daily cleaning of your quartz countertops, all you need is warm water and a soft, clean, dry white cloth. If you want to use a cleaner on your quartz counters, just be sure that you use something that is non-abrasive and does not contain bleach.

If for some reason your quartz countertops have a stain on them, you can use a product like Formula 409 on it. Just be sure to test a small and inconspicuous area of your quartz counters before you use it all over. That way, if there is a problem, only a small piece of your countertops will be affected, not the entire thing.

When you need to place something hot on your new quartz countertops, be sure to use a hot pad or trivet. While quartz counters are heat resistant, they are not heat proof. Using a trivet or hot pad ensures that your countertops will be protected and will not get burned and/or discolored from the heat.

The same goes for cutting fruits, veggies, meat and other food items on them. Be sure to use a cutting board. Quartz is scratch and chip resistant, but that does not guarantee they will never get scratched or chipped. You can help prevent these problems by using a cutting board.

When selecting a cleaning product for your new quartz countertops, avoid using bleach, ammonia, oven cleaners, anything that is abrasive or wax.

Finally, make sure everyone in your family knows they are not to use paint, glue or permanent markers on or near your new quartz countertops, even if they lay down newspaper or another protective covering over the counters.

These are just a few ways you can keep your quartz countertops looking their best. We can give you even more suggestions after we’re done installing them.

Do you want to learn more about quartz countertops for your Edina home? Call Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135, or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.