Keep Your Granite Looking Pristine with Tips from Royal Granite

Keep Your Granite Looking Pristine with Tips from Royal Granite 1Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to kitchens and bathrooms which can exuberate style and class in any home. Though granite can be a gorgeous feature for your home’s countertops, it requires a level of care and upkeep that many do not take the time to maintain. Neglecting your home’s granite can reduce its quality which can lead to permanent staining, cracking, and loss of luster. Fortunately, by taking a few easy precautions, you can be sure that your granite will maintain its shine while lasting the test of time.

In this detailed article, we’ll list a few easy ways to care for your granite to ensure its level of quality and longevity remains uncompromised. With the proper level of care, your granite countertops will continue to gleam while increasing the value of your home. Read more below to learn the easiest ways to keep your granite sparkling and free of blemishes.

Maintain Your Granite’s Seal

Since granite is a natural rock, its surface is porous and is therefore susceptible to absorption if liquid is not wiped up from it in a timely manner. If your granite is not properly sealed, liquid spills such as coffee or wine can turn into permanent stains if not immediately cleaned. Not only does porous material welcome spillage and stains, it can also harbor harmful bacteria that can be hard to clean which poses serious health concerns when food is involved. For this reason, we suggest using a high quality granite sealer on your countertops at least once a year. The granite sealer will keep your granite countertops in a beautiful and non-porous state, eliminating any concern of staining or bacteria buildup. If you are looking to reseal your granite countertops, you can find high quality granite sealer at your nearest hardware store such as Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Use a Granite-Specific Cleaner

While there are many name brand household cleaners that effectively kill germs and bacteria, few are suitable for use on granite surfaces. In fact, you should only use a cleaner on your countertops that is specifically designed for granite. Since granite is an igneous rock, cleaners with acidic properties can break down granite over time, making it lose its luster. Finding a pH-balanced granite cleaner will ensure that you can clean your countertops without worry of acidic erosion. Certain granite cleaners will also double as a granite polish, increasing your countertop’s shine while eliminating grime and buildup. Granite cleaners are easy to find at major retail stores as well as online, and should be your first cleaning solution choice when you’re thinking about sanitizing your granite countertops.

Are you searching for a qualified and knowledgeable granite supplier in Woodstock or its surrounding areas? Look no further than Royal Granite! We offer customers a plethora of experience and have collectively installed granite countertops successfully for over 10 years. If you would like to receive a free in-home estimate or would just like to learn more about Royal Granite’s current specials, contact us today!

How to Create a Great Backsplash for Your Granite Countertops

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Have you had beautiful granite countertops installed in your Marietta home recently? They can completely transform the look of your kitchen, making a once-dated kitchen look modern and expensive. You’ll love their beauty and functionality, too. One thing you might not love, though, is how they make your old backsplash look even older. New granite gleams in contrast to an old, dated, and worn out backsplash. That’s why so many of our customers ask us to do their backsplash at the same time! If you are considering a new backsplash to go along with the new granite countertops in your home, we have tips to help you select the best backsplash to compliment your granite and your interior decor.

Tips for Picking a Better Backsplash

Coordinate your colors.

When it comes to choosing a backsplash that goes with your granite countertops, let the countertops lead the way. You’ll want to pick a color for your backsplash that coordinates with the counters. This will create the most cohesive, polished final look. Most granites have plenty of colors to choose from inside their surface, so you shouldn’t feel too hemmed in on your choices.

Mix your materials.

Feel free to mix your materials when it comes to your backsplash! This can make the most visually interesting design. Try mixing glass, ceramic, or natural materials to create interesting textures and designs. It’s a good idea to keep it all in the same color family, but get creative with borders and designs.

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Splurge wisely.

Find a beautiful piece of tile but can’t afford to use it for the entire backsplash? That’s okay! Use it as a focal point instead, and finish the rest of the kitchen off with less inexpensive, coordinating pieces. Focal points with pricier tile look especially great around the cooking area, such as above your stovetop. If that doesn’t work with your design, use the tile around a window or above your sink area.

Use good grout.

Grout is one area that you don’t want to skimp on. Investing in a good grout is investing in your entire kitchen remodel. That’s because grout is what holds that whole backsplash together. Cheap grout can cause issues like falling tiles, excessive staining, and other issues that will more than likely have you regrouting the kitchen in less than a year. Don’t go cheap in this area.

Hire a pro.

If you want the installation of your new backsplash to be as great as your granite countertops, hire a professional to do the job for you! They’ll be able to help you choose your tiles, will use the best materials, and make it all look absolutely amazing. All you have to do is enjoy the finished product!

If you are looking for a professional to handle your backsplash or granite countertops, talk to the team at Royal Granite in Marietta. We offer free in-home estimates so you can learn more about our services and how affordable a new look for your kitchen can really be! Give us a call or contact us through our website today.

Facts You Didn’t Know About Granite Countertops

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When it comes to granite countertops, there are a few facts you probably know well. For example, you are probably aware of the fact that granite countertops are one of the most popular choices for both the kitchen and the bathroom, and you may know that it is beautiful and durable. However, there are also probably many things about granite that have escaped you. In this blog, we will go over some facts about granite that you probably didn’t know!

No Two Countertops Are Alike

When it comes to granite countertops, no two are alike. This is because the age, location of formation, and soil composition all impact the composition, color, and hardness of a granite slab. This is why we provide free in-home estimates; so you can see what your specific granite countertop will look like in the context of your kitchen.

Granite is One of the Hardest Substances

Believe it or not, granite is one of the hardest substances in the world. In fact, it is second only to diamonds, which do not make much sense as a countertop material as granite, which means that granite is the toughest substance you can have for your kitchen or bathroom. Granite’s toughness is exemplified by the fact that it has been used in construction since the Ancient Egyptians. It is so strong, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is made out of it!Facts You Didn’t Know About Granite Countertops 5

Granite is A Bit Radioactive

This is a fact that people tend to blow out of proportion, but yes, granite emits a small amount of radon. This is nothing to worry about because it emits less than even the soil found in your garden does. If you have heard people express concerns about granite countertops and radioactivity, they are not well-informed on the issue. There is no reason to worry about it; it is perfectly safe to have granite countertops in your home.

Granite Has a Long History

Granite is actually the oldest igneous rock on Earth. For those who may have forgotten their earth science, “igneous” means that it is formed underground from magma or lava. It is estimated that it may have first formed as long as 300 million years ago. In fact, granite makes up part of the earth’s continental crust!

Some Colors are More Common Than Others

If you are looking for certain colors of granite, some are going to be more expensive and harder to find than others. For example, the rarest granite colors are blue and red. If you are deadset on these colors, you may have to pay more for them. If you are looking for a more readily available color, the most common color is sand.

If you are ready to install granite countertops in your Marietta home, Royal Granite is ready to give you the royal treatment we provide all of our customers. From design to installation, we can help you with every element of countertop installation. We are proud to be Georgia’s leading provider of granite countertops! Contact us today for a free in-home estimate!

Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Your Granite Countertops

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When it comes to countertops, few options are as aesthetically pleasing, durable, and easy to care for as granite countertops. Whether you have them in your kitchen or your bathroom, when you call Royal Granite for granite countertop installation in Marietta or the surrounding area, you can rest assured that you are making a valuable investment into your home that isn’t going to take a ton of your time to maintain. Granite countertop maintenance is quite easy, but only if you know what you are doing. In this blog, we will go over the dos and don’ts of making your granite countertops sparkle for years to come.

DO: Immediately wipe up spills.

Particularly if you have children, you are probably familiar with this scenario: you are rushing around in the morning, getting ready for work and school, and you accidentally knock your coffee over, leaving a puddle of joe on your countertop. When this happens, resist the urge to rush out the door and deal with it later. Particularly acidic beverages such as wine, juice, soda, and yes, coffee, can leave behind an ugly stain on your granite countertop. Avoid unsightly stains entirely by practicing the important habit of immediately wiping any spills off your granite countertop.

DON’T: Clean them with vinegar, ammonia, or lemon.

As stated above, acidic substances are particularly prone to staining granite. You may be in the habit of cleaning with vinegar or lemon juice if you are trying to reduce the number of harsh chemicals in your home. While this may be a good way to clean your tub, it is not a good idea to use any of these common household cleaners on your granite countertops, as they can erode them over time. Instead, use a cleaning product that is especially designed for cleaning granite, or hot water for quick clean up.

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Some people are under the impression that if they have granite countertops, they don’t need to bother with cutting boards. However, by cutting food directly on their counters, these people are both damaging their granite countertops and dulling their knives. Use a cutting board every time, regardless of what you are slicing.

DON’T: Store liquids on your countertops.

When you store liquids on your countertops, you are asking for a spill. If you keep a bottle of cooking oil on your counter, for example, it is easy for it to leak without notice, leaving a terrible stain behind it. Reduce the risk of this happening by either storing your cooking oils in a cabinet, or placing them on a tray of some kind to avoid direct contact with granite.

In our next blog, we will continue to go over dos and don’ts of caring for your granite countertops, so you can feel confident that you are giving your granite the royal treatment. At Royal Granite, we are about giving our customers the best granite countertops they can find in Marietta. If you are looking for high-quality countertops for an affordable price, we are your best bet in Georgia. Get a free in-home estimate today!

4 More Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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When you are renovating your kitchen, it can be an exciting but stressful time. It’s wonderful that you get to create the kitchen of your dreams, and you are likely quite excited to see the finished product. Yet at the same time, there are many stressors associated with a remodel of any kind. The costs associated with the remodel, being without your kitchen for weeks at a time, and needing to make a million small decisions can make you anxious. At Royal Granite Countertops, we offer kitchen countertop installation for a discounted price, and we do everything in our power to ensure that our countertop installation process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. We also want to do what we can to help you with your decision fatigue. In our last blog, we started going over some kitchen remodeling tips. In this blog, we will continue the list to help you remodel your kitchen so it is as beautiful and functional as you have imagined.

Consider Your Island’s Role

When you are designing a kitchen with an island, make sure you know how you are going to use it before you design it. If its primary function will be for chopping vegetables and other food prep, you may want to keep it closer to the stove. If you intend to use it solely for dining, you want to make sure it is far enough away from the cooktop to ensure safety. Alternatively, if you want to use it for both, you can have one side be raised for the dining portion.

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Don’t Skimp on Outlets

It’s easy to forget to install enough outlets in your kitchen until it is too late. With so many different appliances, you want to make sure that you have plenty of outlets to accommodate them. Don’t forget to install a few outlets along the backsplash so that you can plug in your toaster, coffee maker, blender, crock pot, microwave, and other appliances wherever you need them.

Pick One Focal Point

While you may like the appearance of a colorful tile, fancy backsplash, large range hood, or bright cabinets, when you bring them all together, it is overwhelming to the eye and will make your space look more cluttered. Pick one focal point of your kitchen, and let the rest of it be less attention-grabbing but still aesthetically pleasing in order to complement it.

Can’t Forget Countertops

Your countertops are one of the most important choices you will make in terms of style and functionality in your kitchen. You want to make sure that your kitchen countertops are durable, attractive, and functional. You will need to choose the material, color, and style. At Royal Granite, we have many years of experience installing quartz and granite countertops, with many satisfied customers to show for it. We will help you through the entire process, from selection and layout to installation, so you don’t have to stress about this decision out of the many you must make during this process. Ready for a free quote? Contact us today!