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How to Clean Your Granite Countertops

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Good news for granite countertops in Colorado Springs: They’re pretty easy to clean.

Sometimes when you upgrade your interior, you find that the high-end option demands high-end care to avoid staining and damage, but that’s not the case with granite. The only specific things that you really need to do are:

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners

Granite is pretty resilient and very hard to stain, but the sealant used to protect the granite doesn’t much care for bleach, vinegar, ammonia or citrus-based cleaners. Save that stuff for glass and porcelain.

Clean Gently

A soft washcloth with some mild dish soap and warm water is all you need in order to clean your granite countertop. No special chemicals or products required. Because of the sealant, granite countertops don’t really need to be disinfected like more absorbent surfaces. One part water and one part isopropyl alcohol will do the trick under extenuating circumstances, but in general, a daily cleaning with a washcloth should keep your countertop clean enough to eat off of.

Dry With a Cloth

When you want to keep a nice beautiful surface showing, dry the countertop manually with a cloth to prevent streaking. You won’t damage your granite countertop by letting it air-dry, but if you’ve just had your countertops installed or resealed, there’s no blaming you for wanting to keep it looking nice and smooth.

With proper care, your sealant should last for a good long while. You can test to make sure by dropping some water on the surface. If it beads up, your sealant is good-as-new; otherwise, it might be time to reseal it. With regular cleaning and proper treatment, granite countertops will generally go at least three to five years without needing to be resealed. Granite countertops are anything but high-maintenance, they just look that way. If you’re considering granite countertops, give us a call so that we can give you a free in-home consultation.

Decorating with Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are available in a variety of styles and colors and are quite versatile when it comes to home decor, whether you want to shop for a countertop that matches your kitchen’s style or design your kitchen around your countertop. As always, decor is all about personal preference, and there are no right or wrong answers, but here are some ideas to get you going.

Earth Tones and Wood

When many people think of granite, they think of the modern decor that you tend to use with monochrome countertops. That’s always a great choice, but brown, tan and reddish granite can just as easily be paired up with more earthy, natural colors. Mahogany cabinets with tan and brown granite can be especially stunning.

Decor for Blue Granite

Blue granite can be very easy or very difficult to decorate with, depending on how hard you’re willing to work. It pairs well with white and black tones, but once you add more colors to the kitchen, it can be very easy to start clashing. Generally, you’ll get best results with lighter woods like bamboo, and of course, blue granite beautifully complements a sink made of stainless steel or white porcelain.

Keep Your Scheme Simple

When you have a granite countertop, you likely want it to be the centerpiece of your kitchen. You’re going to get the best results by keeping your color schemes relatively simple. It’s a bit like being a painter in a three-dimensional space: Using every color in the box is great for a children’s book, but you generally want to choose your color range and stick to it.

Again, decor is all about personal preference. The most important thing is that you like the way your home looks with granite countertops in Colorado Springs. Give us a call for a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you find a countertop that speaks to you.

Will a Granite Countertop Boost Your Home’s Market Value?

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Are you considering new granite countertops for your Colorado Springs home? If so, you might wonder about the potential return on the work you’ll invest in your kitchen.

Whether—or how much—your new kitchen countertops boost the market value of your home, we know this: Countertops matter to buyers.

Kitchen countertops aren’t simply functional, as in decades past. Today, a granite, dolomite, or quartz countertop is expected in a desirable home or condo.

That said, let’s talk briefly about statistics.

A Full Kitchen Makeover is Costly

These days, the cost of a substantial, midrange kitchen renovation averages about $64,000.

The National Association of Realtors reports that more than half of real estate agents are urging home sellers to fully upgrade their kitchens.

Yet on average, less than 60% of the price of the complete overhaul comes back to the owner in a home sale.

A Countertop Upgrade Could be Your Perfect Alternative

You might not need to go on a renovation spree to sell your home. A seller’s confidence and ultimate success should be guided by the general state of most other homes in the same neighborhood.

If other homes for sale around yours have granite, marble or onyx, then you have a sensible reason to install a similar style of countertop in your own kitchen. Home buyers will see it the second they open the online gallery of photos your realtor displays.

Adding granite countertops, islands and service stations can bring extra shelf and storage space as well. These extras can certainly increase the appeal of your kitchen to buyers.

We Look Forward to Adding Value and Joy to Your Home

Custom stone countertops in Colorado Springs can be wise investments. But most of all, they bring joy and beauty to your kitchen.

Let Planet Granite work with your budget and your vision. Explore our kitchen visualizer for inspiration, and feel free to request a quote.

Why Your Kitchen Island Granite Doesn’t Have to Match the Counters

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If you have beautiful granite countertops in Colorado Springs in a discontinued color or style, what happens when you decide to add an island with a granite top? As long as you’re happy with your countertops, there’s no need to resurface your entire kitchen, mixing and matching granite can produce a lovely custom effect. 

On-Trend Color Combinations

Glitz and glam are back in home decor, and you can combine white, gray and gold granite colors with most existing granite counters. For example, if your current granite counters are rich, dark colors, consider off-white and light beige granite with plenty of detail in the composition for your planned island surface.

On the other hand, if your counters are white or very light, a smooth black slab can create a huge wow factor when guests come over. For custom colors such as pinks, roses and grays, find a complementary color that brings out the highlights in your current style. If you want high drama and a royal touch, add a gold-toned granite counter to your eat-in island. 

Redefine Your Transitional Space

If you want the island to command its own space and can place it between an open kitchen-dining area, you can use any color you want. You’re essentially creating a wall-less room where kids gather to do their homework, dinner is served and friends gather around for a nightcap.

Granite comes in styles referred to as colorways (ranges of color), so it’s easy to find the exact combination you envision. Be sure to approve the final slab in person before it’s custom cut for your island. This is a lasting investment, and you’ll be happy you made the time to do so later.

If you would like advice on selecting Colorado Springs granite counters, call us at Planet Granite to discuss your style vision. Quartz and rock materials are additional possibilities to bring your design to life.

4 Care Tips for Your Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

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To keep your Colorado Springs granite countertops in optimal condition, you must provide them with the care they need on a regular basis. The care techniques and products you use will pay a huge role in your countertops retaining their amazing finish. To get started, keep the following care tips in mind as you work on preserving the finish on your granite countertops.

Use Proven Cleaning Products and Techniques

Although they are made of the toughest types of rock, your granite countertops can lose their finish if you use abrasive cleaning products. Instead, simply clean off your countertops using warm soapy water and a soft sponge. Never use bleach, ammonia or other caustic cleaners on your countertop, or those products could strip the sealant.

Avoid Exposing Your Colorado Springs Countertops to Acidic Substances

Acidic substances can also have a negative impact on the integrity of the granite countertop’s sealant. Therefore, it is important to avoid cutting tomatoes, citrus fruits and other acidic substances directly on the countertop.

Never Set Hot Pans Directly on the Surface

It is also important to never set hot pans on the surface of your Colorado Springs countertops. The hot temperatures can cause damage to the granite, leaving it discolored and in need of refinishing. If you need to place hot pans on your counters, shield the area with a cork or metal trivet first.

Regularly Apply Sealant to the Granite

Since you cannot overseal stone surfaces, you can get away with sealing to the surface up to twice a year. You can test your countertops using water to see if you need to apply sealant. You can also work with a granite countertop expert to determine the level of care your countertops need. Get started by calling 719-522-0748 to acquire support from our team at Planet Granite.

4 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

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As 2019 arrives, many residents are thinking about new kitchen designs. In Colorado Springs, granite countertops will continue to be a popular choice when redoing a kitchen.

Here are a few of the top kitchen design trends for 2019.

1. Terrazzo Countertops

Terrazzo adds old-school charm to a kitchen, with bits of glass, marble or other materials embedded in countertops or tiles for floors, a backsplash or walls. For centuries, masons have known the value and versatility of terrazzo. Homeowners will love these countertops, which are scratch and stain resistant and do not conduct heat.

2. Dark Colors

For many years, the emphasis in kitchen design was on bright colors. The trend is shifting as dark jewel-toned navy, black, emerald and plum become more popular. That’s an ideal opportunity to contrast with granite counters in Colorado Springs kitchens.

3. Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops in Colorado Springs have been a popular choice that shows no signs of slowing. Quartz countertops offer so many advantages, from easy maintenance to anti-microbial properties. In recent years, manufacturers have expanded the number of colors, patterns, swirls and veining that can mimic other materials. The recent color trends should persist with softer, neutral cream, taupe, grey or white finishes.

4. Multipurpose Islands

Kitchen islands have been a popular choice for decades but were often treated as an afterthought. Not any longer. Kitchen islands are increasingly the focal point and the hub of a bustling kitchen. Islands today make a visual impact with larger sizes designed to carry out multiple uses, from food prep to family dining to homework spots. Thinking about your island as an additional kitchen countertop space opens up many design possibilities.

The possibilities for Colorado Springs kitchen countertops are limitless and can fit into any design. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen in 2019, contact Planet Granite for an appointment or free consultation.

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen With Granite

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One of the best things about living in Colorado Springs is the backdrops. There are towering mountains to the west and the beautiful, wide open blue skies of the plains in every other direction. It’s no wonder so many Colorado Springs residents enjoy spending their time outdoors and that when it comes to home renovations, expanding living spaces and transitioning backyards into kitchens and second living rooms is a very popular home remodel here. If you are likewise in the midst of planning an outdoor kitchen, you couldn’t pick a better place or time to do so!

Start in Winter to Grill in Spring

Winter is a great time to start considering this project so that you can get started before the warm weather rolls in and enjoy it once it does. Important aspects to consider in this time include the type of appliance you’re going to install, roof coverings, electrical set-up, and countertops. In the last type of material, we highly recommend the use of granite in outdoor kitchen spaces.

Granite is an excellent choice for the surfaces in outdoor kitchens (and in truth other outdoor living spaces) thanks to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, fade resistance, and low maintenance.

A Peek at Good Layout Fundamentals for Granite Countertops & Grills

Once you have an idea of the appliances and countertop material you’re going to use, the next step is layout. We recommend starting first with positioning the grill. The grill will be the heart of your outdoor kitchen, and it’s important to position it where it can be readily accessed and in such a way (we recommend perpendicular to the dining spaces) so as promote conversations with family and guests.

With the grill in place, you can start installing countertops and other major items like a sink and refrigeration set-up. A good rule of thumb is to place refrigeration units as far away from the grill as possible, position the sink next to the refrigeration for easy washing of vegetables and the like, and have a long granite countertop next to the grill open and ready for slicing and dicing.

Contact Us to Learn More

Hungry for more outdoor kitchen tips and matching granite countertop suggestions? Contact our Colorado Springs granite countertop team today!

What Are the Differences Between Granite and Marble Countertops?

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They’re both made of natural stone and serve similar purposes, but marble and granite are different in terms of durability and how much maintenance they require. When deciding which material to use in your kitchen or bath, here are some points to consider.

Heat Resistance

You can place hot baking dishes on a granite counter without damaging it. Marble is somewhat heat-resistant too, but placing a hot pan directly on the surface may leave an etching or discoloration that can’t be restored.

Staining, Scratching and Chipping

Granite is such a hard stone that it doesn’t absorb spills. Marble, however, is porous and prone to staining. Oily substances and liquids, such as vinegar, alcohol and citrus juices, can be especially damaging.

You can cut directly on granite countertops without scratching them (but you will dull your knife blade quickly). Because marble is considerably softer, it should not be used as a cutting board.

Granite is generally not prone to cracking or chipping during the course of normal everyday use. Because it is less durable, marble is more susceptible to chipping when subjected to regular use.

Styles and Upkeep

Both granite and marble give your home a look of sophistication and luxury. Because granite is so durable, it requires little maintenance. You may want to apply a sealant for maximum protection, but your counters can still hold up well without it. Manufacturers of marble countertops, however, strongly recommend that you seal the surface because it is so vulnerable to staining. A high-quality sealant should last 10‒15 years.

Both surfaces are relatively easy to clean. Just use a damp cloth, adding a bit of soapy water if needed to get rid of food residue. Avoid ammonia, bleach or other harsh cleaners. Dry off marble counters thoroughly after cleaning.

Thinking about upgrading your Colorado Springs kitchen or bath with granite countertops? Contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Why Granite Countertops are the Best Choice of Countertop

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It’s no secret that granite is one of the most sought-after countertop materials in Colorado Springs. Read on to find out what makes granite the best choice for a countertop in your home:

Why Granite Countertops are the Best Choice of Countertop

  • Granite is beautiful. It’s hard to surpass nature’s beauty. As a natural product, granite has a charm all its own that is both timeless and appealing. Granite will probably never lose its popularity. It also comes in many different shades, so you can get it to match any color palette.
  • Granite is tough. Since granite is made out of stone, it is practically impossible to scratch the surface of granite. It can handle a lot of use and still stay strong and beautiful.
  • Granite can handle heat. You can easily place granite near a stovetop without having to worry. No potholder, no problem. You can set a hot pan down without damaging or weakening the granite. It will not melt or blister when exposed to heat.
  • Granite can resist stains. Although granite might be naturally porous when found in nature, granite countertops are sealed before installation to make them nonporous. You can easily clean up spills and not have to worry about any stains left behind.
  • Granite is nontoxic. There are no dangerous chemicals in granite since it is just made out of stone from nature. Neither does it emit toxic radiation or gases.
  • Undermount sinks. With granite countertops, you can mount a sink underneath the granite. You can have the granite cut to fit the size of the sink hole. This keeps crumbs from being stuck on the lip of a sink that is mounted on the surface. You can also easily wipe spills right into the sink without running into the lip.

Are you ready to find out which granite countertop would work the best for your home? We have a large variety of quality granite to choose from. Stop in our Colorado Springs showroom or contact us.

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to any kitchen or bathroom. However, you may have some concerns about taking care of your countertops when you make this type of upgrade. While granite countertops are certainly more work than vinyl countertops, the look and feel definitely make the additional care worth it. You can use the following tips to maintain your granite countertops in Colorado Springs for years to come.

1. Consider adding a sealer to your countertops

Sealers aren’t necessary for every type of granite, but it might be a good idea if you are using granite in your kitchen or bathroom. Granite is a porous material, and having it sealed can help maintain its coloring, repeal stains and enhance the shine of the stone. However, granite is generally moisture-resistant, so it’s up to you to decide whether sealing it is necessary for your situation.

2. Clean up spills quickly

You should make efforts to clean up spills on your granite right away, regardless of whether it is sealed or not. Liquid can go into the stone and change the coloring of your granite if it’s allowed to sit too long. Be sure to regularly clean your countertops with soap and water as well.

3. Avoid setting certain foods or liquids on your countertops

It’s a good idea to avoid putting meats directly on your granite countertops. Acidic products can also be harmful to your granite as well. You should also avoid putting oils directly on your counters. As a rule, use a cutting board or plate to set food on instead of putting anything directly on the countertop. This is not only a good idea for your granite, but it is generally more sanitary as well.

If you’d like specific maintenance tips for our countertops, contact our Colorado Springs office. We can help you decide whether you should seal your countertops and give you general tips on how you can keep your granite looking great for years to come. Call today to learn more.

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