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What’s the Difference Between Granite, Quartz and Marble?

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Home

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Granite, quartz and marble are three of the most popular kitchen and bathroom countertop materials available in Colorado Springs.

Granite, Quartz and Marble, Oh My!

While natural and engineered stone seems impervious, proper care is required to ensure the beauty shines on indefinitely. So what are the differences in these incredible stones?

Granite’s Elegant Simplicity

Granite is a natural stone that is quarried in slabs, so your bathroom and kitchen countertops will truly be one of a kind. Quartz, feldspar, mica, hornblende, and biotite create stunning patterns and colors. Clean granite with a mild cleanser and soft cloth as soon as you notice any spills or stains. Heat and dirt are no match for the resilience of granite. Make sure you have your granite countertops resealed at least every 15 years to prevent damage.

Quartz and Its Bold Options

Quartz is an engineered stone that rivals granite and marble in terms of beauty and durability. A special resin binds the quartz crystals together, creating a low-maintenance product. Because of the resin, quartz is non-porous, antimicrobial and scratch resistant. It can be manufactured to look like granite or marble if desired. Color pigments and sparkles can be added to create unique kitchen and bathroom countertops. Unlike granite and marble, most quartz does not require a sealant.

Sophisticated Marble in Colorado Springs

Perhaps the most delicate of the three, marble is the most porous and is susceptible to staining. The added porosity also makes marble easier to chip and ding. A quality sealant is vital to a long-lasting marble countertop. Be sure to wipe up any spills immediately to protect the marble countertops from damage.

Avoid harsh cleaners to protect the sealant on your stone countertops. Use a cutting board to keep bacteria at bay, and wipe up spills quickly to prevent staining. Revitalize your kitchen and bath with dedicated support from the team at Planet Granite. Contact us to get started on your Colorado Springs remodel today!

Everything You Need to Know About Quartz

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops

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The look of stone without the maintenance of granite; that’s what you get with a quartz countertop. Quartz countertops are engineered, not mined. The addition of materials such as metallic flecks, recycled glass or color pigments allow for a variety of colors and effects to complement any style. The resin that is used to bind the ground quartz and other materials together result in a non-porous finished product that’s resistant to scratches and stains.

Is Quartz Right for You?

There are many advantages to having a quartz countertop in Colorado Springs. It’s low-maintenance, antimicrobial and easy to design with. Another advantage to quartz is that it doesn’t require sealant. Its cost is on par with the price of granite, but extreme heat can make it crack and it’s not ideal for outdoor settings. If your budget allows, quartz adds a unique, natural look to a room. With proper care, it can last a lifetime!

Do Not DIY

A quartz countertop is a big investment, and installation is not the place to try and cut corners. Quartz is heavy, and the added resins make it more flexible than natural stone. That flexibility is a big plus when it comes to fitting unusual spaces, but it also makes the material more vulnerable to cracking. If you’re thinking of installing quartz countertop in Colorado Springs, work with only professional certified installers.

Cleaning a Quartz Countertop

Yes, quartz is low-maintenance, but that doesn’t mean there’s no maintenance. Clean spills immediately to prevent stains. The resin coating does help prevent liquids from absorbing into the counter, but discolorations can still happen without proper cleaning. If the material does get stained, try cleaning with glass cleaner and a soft cloth. Use only non-abrasive cleaning materials to keep your quartz countertop sparkling.

Quartz is a beautiful material for kitchen or bathroom countertops. It’s durable, easy-to-care for and adds something extra that makes a home special. For questions about purchasing or installing a quartz countertop, call Planet Granite today and schedule a free in-home consultation for quartz countertops in Colorado Springs!

How To Clean Quartz Countertops

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops

Installing quartz countertops is a smart choice for homeowners. Not only does natural stonework look beautiful, but it also has relatively low maintenance. When shopping for quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, rest assured that you are purchasing a stain-resistant product with long-lasting attributes.

Keep in mind as you clean the quartz countertops that the material is non-porous. This prevents mold, mildew and dirt from becoming lodged in the countertops and causing problems in the future.

Easy Step-by-Step Granite Countertop Cleaning

The first step is to mop up spills right away on the countertops. When liquids dry, it can be tougher to remove and require scrubbing. Since you don’t want to use abrasive products, try to clean the quartz before any spills dry. Although quartz countertops are non-porous, they can be scratched.

Wipe the countertop with a damp cloth or paper towel. Water is often good enough to address most countertop stains. However, you may use a small amount of non-abrasive cleaner. Never use products that contain bleach or solvents.

Clean up dried stains with a sponge and natural scrubbing power. For resistant stains from gum and food, you may need a putty knife to pry off the debris. To deeply clean after removing the stains, spray the non-abrasive cleaner and allow the product to settle for approximately 5 to 10 minutes before wiping off with the soft sponge. Rinse surfaces thoroughly with warm water and a cloth.

Certain products should not come into contact with your quartz countertops. Keep nail polish removers and permanent markers out of range of your counters. If permanent markers do get on the stonework, you may use a product like Goo Gone to erase any stains.

Quartz countertops are durable and won’t take up a lot of your time to clean. As long as you protect the countertops from sharp objects and extreme heat, the stone will last for years to come. Contact us now to learn more about our line of quartz countertops in Colorado Springs.

5 Facts You May Not Know About Quartz Countertops

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops

If you’re tired of your outdated countertops, you may be debating the wide variety of replacement materials available — from granite to laminate to quartz or even polished concrete. However, when it comes to long-lasting quality and a show-stopping appearance, there isn’t much that can rival engineered quartz. Read on to learn more about this durable material. 

5 Facts on Quartz Countertops

#1: It can be made anywhere.

While you may assume that quartz is mined around the world, engineered quartz (the source of the majority of building-grade quartz in the U.S.) can be manufactured using waste rock just about anywhere. This can mean finding locally-sourced quartz countertops even in urban Colorado Springs.

#2: Engineered quartz is one of the eco-friendliest countertop materials available. 

Because this type of quartz is generated through the recycling of waste products for other stone-based materials and is mixed with a polymer, it’s extremely eco-friendly. In addition to the use of recycled materials, the method of production uses very little energy.

#3: Quartz is more widely used than you think.

If you’ve ever been in an ornate public building like an airport, train station or courthouse, it’s likely you were walking on quartz slabs and stairs rather than marble. Because engineered quartz is made from waste rock, it’s one of the most inexpensive large-scale building options, perfect for the builder that wants to create an attractive and durable public surface on a tight budget.

#4: It has natural antimicrobial properties.

Quartz is an unusual mineral in that it requires no additional treatment to kill many surface microbes. 

#5: It’s easily customizable.

Unlike granite, which is difficult to join at corners, engineered quartz can be manufactured in custom shapes and sizes to fit any kitchen.

Now that you’ve learned more about the benefits of this unique material, if you’re in the market for some new kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs and are beginning to consider quartz, call our office today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

Caring for Your Granite Countertops (or Quartz Ones)

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops, Granite, Interior Design

Granite and quartz countertops are not only incredibly beautiful, they are also highly functional. However, many people haven’t learned how to properly care for these types of countertops yet. The good news is that Colorado Springs granite countertops and quartz countertops are both very easy to care for. In fact, they are far easier to keep clean than other countertop types like linoleum. Below, you’ll learn the top care tips for these types of countertops.

Protecting and Cleaning Your Countertops

Caring for your quartz or granite countertops should begin with protection in the form of a sealer. One leading choice is DuPont Revitalizer, as it is a sealer that includes a cleaner.  A sealer should always be applied only when the countertop is dry. After the sealer dries, it should be gently buffed with a cloth. This will lend extra shine to the surface while providing stain protection. If residue is already present on the stone, a residue remover like DuPont Klenzall is an excellent way to prepare for the sealer.

Once the granite or quartz has been sealed, it will typically require nothing more than a soapy water for basic cleaning. If you want to avoid mixing up your own soap and water cleanser, options like Stone Pro Finishing Touch or InvisaBLOCK Cleaner provide mild cleaning that also brings out the natural beauty of the stone.

What to Avoid With Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

Acidic products and materials can be very damaging to granite and quartz counters. Any type of common cleaning chemicals are poor choices for stone counters. The chemicals can quickly strip away the sealer, leaving the stone vulnerable to stains and other damage.

Avoid placing meat or oils on the stone countertops while cooking. The germs from the raw meat can easily absorb into the porous stone, as can the oily residue from foods or cooking oils. These things can be difficult to remove, so a cutting board can provide an extra layer of protection while cooking.

Be sure to wipe away liquids as soon as they are spilled, and try to avoid leaving any wet bottles on the counters. While the sealer can repel liquids, granite and quartz are absorbent stones, so it’s possible that the liquid will sink and and cause stains if it’s not removed immediately.

Learn More About the Beauty and Function of Granite Countertops

Granite and quartz countertops are tremendously beautiful and highly functional. However, it is very important that they are treated properly if you want to get the best use out of them. If you’re considering new counters or need some help with the ones you already have, Planet Granite is here to help. Contact us today!

 

 

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