Even the savviest homeowners have questions when it comes to granite countertops. There’s no denying granite brings a level of luxury and beauty to a home, but what about knowing the basics? Whether you already have granite countertops in your home or are considering getting them, we have the scoop on the top five most asked questions about granite.
Q: What is the best way to clean granite countertops?
A: Believe it or not, a damp soft cloth and good old-fashioned dish soap or all-purpose cleaner approved for natural stone are best. Just be sure to avoid using abrasive chemicals. Even though your countertops may be sealed, these harsh cleansers can damage the surface. Countertops from Granite Trend Transformations are permanently sealed with a proprietary ingredient called ForeverSeal®, which makes maintenance super easy – just regular cleanings with soap and water do the trick.
Q: Can I cut directly on the countertop? What about setting hot pans on it?
A: The answers are “yes” and “yes.” One of the many benefits of granite is that it is one of the hardest materials on Earth, making it the perfect workhorse for even the busiest of kitchens. When it comes to cutting on it, some people still prefer using a cutting board. But if you choose to cut directly on your granite countertop, you can do so safely – just be prepared for some dull knives. As for hot pots and pans, you can ditch your hot plates and place hot pots and pans on your countertop. Just remember: Granite is a natural stone that will absorb heat, so take caution not to touch the surface soon after removing the pot. Granite Trend Transformations surfaces are heat, scratch and stain-resistant, so you can conduct all your food preparation right on your countertop without worry.
Q: Does granite stain or get damaged easily?
A: Make sure you get your granite countertop sealed. Or better yet, purchase an engineered granite countertop with the sealant built-in, which is exactly what Granite Trend Transformations provides. Whichever route you take, with proper sealing, granite will not stain easily. Keep in mind that any spills left on the surface may leave a dark spot but should fade as the granite dries (provided it is sealed). As durable as granite is, a hard impact could chip or damage the surface. As much as you may try to avoid this, accidents do happen. Cracks can be repaired and sealed with a mixture of granite and epoxy.
Q: How easy is it to install granite countertops?
A: The answer is easier than you may think if you choose Granite Trend Transformations for your renovation. Unlike traditional renovation projects which require your kitchen to be out of commission for several weeks, Granite Trend Transformations has a unique resurfacing process which means your countertop is installed directly over your old one. In many instances, the process can be completed in as little as one day with little-to-no demolition. Learn more about how the process works.
Q: How do I know which style of granite to choose for my home?
A: With Granite Trend Transformations, it all starts with our free in-home design consultation. One of our trained expert design consultants will walk you through the process as you browse a broad, unique selection of countertops, mosaic tile backsplashes and cabinets in the comfort of your own home. We bring the shopping experience to you, so you can see how it will look right before your eyes, in your own home. Or, if you want to get a complete look at what we offer, you can visit one of our showrooms where you can see our products installed in real bathroom and kitchen settings. In the meantime, visit our Design Inspiration gallery to see some of our most popular bathroom and kitchen designs. Either way, you’re sure to choose the perfect style of granite to complement your home décor.
Are you ready for granite countertops in your kitchen or bath? Contact us today to schedule your free in-home design consultation.