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!

Choosing the Perfect Granite Countertop Color for Your Kitchen

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If you’ve recently considered remodeling your kitchen, you’ve probably thought about adding a touch of elegance with the use of granite. When used correctly, granite countertops can serve as a kitchen’s centerpiece and can tastefully unify both your cabinets and flooring. Finding a style and color of granite that suits your kitchen’s needs can be difficult, which is why Royal Granite has listed a few simple tips and tricks so that you can easily find a style of granite to complement your kitchen.

Below, we’ll discuss how lighting can affect the mood of a room, and why you should consider your kitchen’s lighting before deciding on a color of granite. We’ll also talk about the free services granite companies often provide to make your purchasing decision informed and easy.

Consider Your Kitchen’s Lighting

When choosing the right color and style of granite for your kitchen countertops, it is important that you first take your kitchen’s natural light into account. While a darker colored granite may be aesthetically pleasing in a kitchen with plenty of natural light, it might not look best in a kitchen that lacks an abundance of natural light. Alternatively, while lighter colored granite countertops will look stunning if your kitchen doesn’t receive a lot of natural light, they may look too bright in a well-lit kitchen. For this reason, we recommend visualizing how your remodeled countertops would look in natural daylight so that you may find the perfect color to give your kitchen a unified look and feel. Natural lighting is easy to overlook when choosing the perfect granite for your new kitchen; however, you’ll be far more pleased with your results when taking your kitchen’s lighting into consideration before purchasing your kitchen’s granite.

Matching Granite to Cabinetry and Flooring

After you’ve determined how much natural light your kitchen receives throughout the day, you should start matching countertop styles and colors with your kitchen’s cabinetry and flooring. It may be difficult to visualize how granite will look once installed in your kitchen, which is why we recommend bringing one of your kitchen’s cabinet doors with you while shopping for the perfect color. If you still can’t decide on a color or style that’s right for your kitchen, ask your granite provider if they can give you granite samples to take home so that you can more accurately gauge how various styles will look in your kitchen. This will allow you to easily rule out colors you were initially considering, and find a style that blends seamlessly with the current look of your kitchen.

Contact the Granite Experts

If you live in Woodstock or its surrounding areas, and are looking for an experienced and qualified granite provider and installation service, contact our expert staff at Royal Granite. We possess over 10 years of collective knowledge, and provide all our customers with a free in-home estimate for their convenience. If you’re considering remodeling your countertops, contact us today to learn more about our current specials or to receive your free estimate!

How to Keep the Clutter Off of Your New Kitchen Countertops

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Once you’ve had your new kitchen countertops put in by our Georgia team, you’ll be eager to show them off. If you are like most households, though, your kitchen counters are one of the most highly utilized surfaces of your home. They are a place to drop the mail, make a cup of coffee, prepare an evening meal, and store all those kitchen gadgets that you don’t know where else to stash. All that clutter can really take away from the beauty of your countertops, but Royal Granite Countertops can help! We have some helpful suggestions so you can cut the clutter and show off all that gorgeous granite.

Cut the Clutter of Your Kitchen Countertops!

Utilize the space under your cabinets.

There is a lot of space you aren’t using right there under your wall cabinets. Put it to work! By hanging cup books or even baskets underneath your wall cabinets, you can get items off of the countertop and safely stored away. Try it for your coffee mugs, spices, and even cooking utensils. All that stuff you leave out for easy access (or because there is nowhere else for it to go) can be tidied away into baskets and other storage under your cabinets.

Do some rearranging in your cupboards.

Are you really utilizing all of the space inside of your cupboards and cabinets? Most people aren’t. Be creative and look for ways to use the space more efficiently. Instead of using an entire shelf for short jars of spices, add another shelf and double your storage capacity. Or, instead of storing your plates flat and missing out on the vertical storage space, get a plate rack that sits inside the cabinet and set the plates upright. There are a number of inexpensive products on the market that can help you create better storage solutions.

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Go high.

Make sure you are using all of the space available in your kitchen, including above your cabinets. If you are lucky enough to have storage space above your cupboards, put it to work. Store anything that you don’t use on a regular basis (mixers, holiday items, special bottles of alcohol) on these upper shelves. You can keep that space looking tidy by using baskets to store the items or even hanging a curtain there.

Make a drop-off station.

Paperwork is one something all homeowners have to battle in their kitchen. School work, paperwork, and mail all seem to accumulate on the countertops. Keep the paper to a minimum by setting up a drop-off station. This is a place for each family member to unload their items at the end of the day and keep them off of the counters. Make sure there is a place for mail, keys, and other assorted items like lunch sacks and jackets.

Be ruthless.

It’s probably more convenient to have a lot of these items out on your counter, so it’s up to you whether or not the tidiness is worth it. For most homeowners, the answer is an enthusiastic yes! They love having clutter-free kitchen countertops that they are proud to show off to friends and family. In order to achieve this, though, you have to be ruthless! Once you’ve set up a system, enforce it with both yourself and your housemates. Pretty soon, cleaning off the clutter will be second nature to everyone!

Do you need new kitchen countertops for your Georgia home? Get in touch with us today to get a free in-home estimate!

More Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Your Granite Countertops

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When you invest in granite countertops, you want to do everything in your power to keep them looking great for years and years to come. However, when it comes to your kitchen countertops, they can take a real beating if you don’t properly care for them. Fortunately, taking care of your granite kitchen countertops is simple once you know what you are doing. In our previous blog, we started going over dos and don’ts of caring for your granite countertops. In this blog, we will continue the list to ensure that you know everything about granite countertop care.

DO: Use coasters under beverages.

While you may be able to put cans, glasses, and bottles directly on your granite without causing damage, why risk it? Coasters prevent you from leaving marks on your granite countertops, and also provide your beverage with traction to prevent spills. While coasters are an absolute requirement for marble countertops and less so with granite, give yourself added peace of mind and your countertops added protection by using coasters.

More Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Your Granite Countertops 6DON’T: Sit or stand on your countertops.

Unlike laminate countertops, your granite kitchen countertops are very hard and not flexible. This means that if you put too much weight on any one spot of your countertop, it could result in a crack. Avoid causing damage to your countertops by not standing or sitting on them, and making sure that no one else does.

Do: Use a soft cloth or sponge for clean up.

When you have a spill on your kitchen countertop, it is best to use a special granite cleaner. However, if you don’t have a time, a soft cloth or sponge soaked in hot water is sufficient to clean your countertops. However, avoid using dish soap on your countertops. While dish soap won’t technically cause damage to granite, soap build up over time will cause your countertops to dull. Avoid this by using a soft cloth or sponge with water without soap to clean up any basic spills or messes.

DON’T: Put hot pans or pots directly on your granite.

Technically speaking, it is possible to put a hot pan directly on your granite countertop without causing damage. Granite is an incredibly durable material, and in most cases, putting something hot on it isn’t going to cause damage; in very rare cases, it may experience “thermal shock” which will crack the stone. However, you must also consider the fact that any grit that comes between the pot and the countertop may cause scratching. While granite can take a beating, it is susceptible to smaller surface scratches in high-use areas, such as around the stove or sink. While this is rare, it is possible, so exercise extra caution and always use hot pads or trivets underneath hot pans or pots.

When you are looking for kitchen countertops in Georgia, contact Royal Granite. With each of our customers, we do everything we can to ensure that your countertops exceed your expectations. Contact us today to receive a free estimate in your Georgia home!

3 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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At Royal Granite, many of our customers are in the middle of remodeling their kitchen. Your kitchen isn’t simply another a room in your home; it is where you gather together with your family and friends to cook, eat, talk, laugh, and grow together. Therefore, you want it to be comfortable, beautiful, functional, and designed with you in mind. When you are looking for new kitchen countertops in Georgia, Royal Granite is the way to go. We offer a wide selection of styles from which you can choose, and our pro sales team is excellent at communicating with you about exactly what you want. Going with Royal Granite Countertops for your kitchen countertop installation will do a lot to take the guesswork out of your kitchen remodel; in this blog, we will go over other ways in which you can make your dream kitchen come true.

Prioritize Functionality

Before anything else, think about how you use your kitchen. When it comes to kitchen design, less is more. You want your layout to promote efficiency because when you are cooking, you aren’t going to want to carry a hot pan an unnecessary 10 feet. Just because you have the space to place the kitchen island farther from the countertop doesn’t mean you should. This will only serve to make cooking and cleaning more of a pain for you. Of course, you want your kitchen to have enough space for people to gather, but you should also consider practicality. A popular rule in kitchen design is the “working triangle.” This means that the lines between the fridge, sink, and stovetop should form an equilateral triangle. These are the three points in the kitchen that you will visit the most often while making a meal.

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Light It Up

One of the most important aspects to consider when remodeling your kitchen is the lighting. In the kitchen, you need it to bright enough that you can cook, but you also don’t want it to be so bright that it feels like you are in a doctor’s office. You can create a bright light that is still beautiful by installing surface-mounted fixtures on the ceiling in a grid. Additionally, you can add to the decoration of your kitchen by installing hanging lights over your kitchen island. Finally, don’t forget about the fact that your cabinets will likely block some of the light in your kitchen. Therefore, you should also install lights underneath the cabinets.

Consider Your Cabinets

Your cabinets are not only essential for storage, they are a simple way to add personality and style to your home. Therefore, they should make your cooking more efficient while still being beautiful. Some people will forgo cabinet doors entirely to show off their lovely collection of dishes, which also makes it easier to grab dishes and go. If you prefer to have cabinets, there is a wide selection of colors and styles from which you can choose; just don’t forget to match them with your kitchen countertops! Regardless of whether you go with cabinet doors or not, just make sure your cabinets can accommodate all of your dishes. Don’t forget a couple of drawers in your lower cabinet space for large pots and pans for greatest ease of access!

In our next blog, we will continue to go over some essential tips for remodeling your kitchen. In the meantime, when you’re in the market for new kitchen countertops in Georgia, there is no better option than Royal Granite. We are Marietta’s leading experts in granite countertops, and we serve most of Georgia! Contact us today for a free quote.