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!

8 Benefits of Granite Kitchen Countertops

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When it comes to custom granite countertops, your best option in Georgia is Royal Granite. We provide our customers with the finest granite countertops for anywhere in their homes and guide them through the entire process, from color selection to installation. Most commonly, we install granite countertops in kitchens. This makes sense, as granite countertops have many benefits to your kitchen. In this blog, we will go over some of the best benefits of granite kitchen countertops.

Durability

First off, granite countertops last forever. It doesn’t matter how you use these counters, your granite countertops will survive. A special seal is even placed over granite countertops to ensure that they aren’t scratched or eroded. When you are looking for a countertop that will last for decades and decades and decades, granite is one of your best options for materials.

Aesthetic

One of the greatest advantages of granite is that it is very aesthetically pleasing. No two pieces of granite look the same, adding a natural beauty to any granite countertop. Granite also looks different in various lights, so you can appreciate your granite in a new way every time the light changes in your kitchen. Beyond the fact that it is beautiful, it is also timeless. You don’t have to worry about your countertops going out of style when you have granite because its appeal is enduring.

Value

Granite countertops add incredible value to your home. Granite countertops are extremely attractive to potential homebuyers, and should you ever sell your home, your granite countertops will be a major selling point.

Customizable

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Granite countertops are also fully customizable to your needs. Whether you have a       specific color or shape in mind, granite countertops can be formed to meet your precise specifications when you contract Royal Granite to install them for you.

Maintenance

Granite is also very easy to clean and maintain. For day-to-day cleaning, simply wipe your granite countertops using a damp towel with a mild soap. About once a year, you can reseal your granite countertops for added durability.

Repairability

Should the rare instance present itself that your granite countertop has chipped, fixing it is easy and simple. You can keep your granite countertops looking great all the time because, even if it is damaged, it is easily repaired.

Heat resistance

A big advantage to granite for your kitchen countertops is that it is heat resistant. Whether you place a hot pan on it or use appliances like toaster ovens on top, you never have to worry about burning your granite countertop.

Cleanliness

Granite countertops are also completely sanitary. They do not absorb bacteria or dirt, so you can rest assured that you are providing your family with safe meals free of bacteria when you prepare them on clean, properly installed granite countertops.

At Royal Granite, we are proud to provide Marietta, Georgia and the surrounding areas with affordable, high-quality granite countertop installation. When you are looking for experienced and professional granite countertop installation, contact Royal Granite for the best in the business.